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    Wireless Router recommendations?

    A few months ago I bought a Dlink 825 router. It has all the toys like dual band 2.4/5hz signals. There is one big problem though. The wireless signal is terrible. I have more luck using my neighbors signal.

    Any recommendations on a good cheap wireless router with a strong consistent signal? At this point i don't even care if it's N compatible. My understanding is that the routers will resort to the G if there is one item on the netwrok that is not N compatible (my printer).



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    Re: Wireless Router recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    My understanding is that the routers will resort to the G if there is one item on the netwrok that is not N compatible (my printer).
    Most N routers should be able to use N and G at the same time. G routers will revert to B only if there is a B device on the network.



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    Re: Wireless Router recommendations?

    I have had the same Linksys wireless G router for like 5 years and it works perfectly. I highly recommend their stuff.



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    Re: Wireless Router recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by ianoconnor View Post
    I have had the same Linksys wireless G router for like 5 years and it works perfectly. I highly recommend their stuff.
    Ditto



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    Re: Wireless Router recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISU_REV View Post
    Ditto
    QFT. Linksys works great. Easy to set up.


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    Re: Wireless Router recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by ianoconnor View Post
    I have had the same Linksys wireless G router for like 5 years and it works perfectly. I highly recommend their stuff.

    Model? Good reception on multiple floors?



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    Re: Wireless Router recommendations?

    I noticed my settings are a lot different than what my neighbors have (15 currently show up)

    Authentication=RSNA-PSK
    Everyone else it says Either 802.11 Open or WPA-PSK

    Cipher=CCMP
    Everyone else it says WEP, TKIP, or none

    Would any of these security settings mess with my connection?



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    Re: Wireless Router recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    A few months ago I bought a Dlink 825 router. It has all the toys like dual band 2.4/5hz signals. There is one big problem though. The wireless signal is terrible. I have more luck using my neighbors signal.

    Any recommendations on a good cheap wireless router with a strong consistent signal? At this point i don't even care if it's N compatible. My understanding is that the routers will resort to the G if there is one item on the netwrok that is not N compatible (my printer).
    Linksys, from personal experience, always works well. TigerDirect has a few for $25. That's my recommendation. I live in a story-and-a-half house and our router lives upstairs and I can get excellent signal in the basement.


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    Re: Wireless Router recommendations?

    These three are solid:
    Newegg.com - ASUS WL-520gU 802.11b/g Wireless Router up to 54Mbps with All-in-One Print Server/ DD-WRT Open Source support
    Newegg.com - BUFFALO WHR-HP-G54 802.11b/g Wireless-G High Power Router up to 54Mbps/ Open Source DD-WRT Support
    Newegg.com - Linksys WRT54GL 802.11b/g Wireless Broadband Router up to 54Mbps/ Open Source DD-WRT

    I'm partial to the Asus. The price is around $30 (cheaper when on sale), just flash Tomato on it and you'll never have to touch it again. The thing is rock solid. If you need a stronger signal, that's where the Buffalo comes in. The Linksys is also a solid router, I bought it for my in-laws, it just costs a bit more than the Asus.

    There are probably some newer models that support N that are just as good. However I have no need for N, so I haven't done much research on them.

    I would recommend staying away from cheaper brands (trendnet, etc). Sure, they will probably work decent enough, but I've gone through so many that it's not worth the savings.



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    Re: Wireless Router recommendations?

    get one that supports dd-wrt:

    Router Database | www.dd-wrt.com

    it's rock solid



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    Re: Wireless Router recommendations?

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    Re: Wireless Router recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    I noticed my settings are a lot different than what my neighbors have (15 currently show up)

    Authentication=RSNA-PSK
    Everyone else it says Either 802.11 Open or WPA-PSK

    Cipher=CCMP
    Everyone else it says WEP, TKIP, or none

    Would any of these security settings mess with my connection?
    None of those will hurt your signal strength.


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    Re: Wireless Router recommendations?

    If you're looking for lots and lots and lots of info, go here: Real Help For Your Small Network - SmallNetBuilder

    Now, a few things to keep in mind:

    1. Make sure to keep your router far away from things like landline wireless phones and microwaves. These directly interfere with your wireless signal (most specifically, the 2.4 GHz band)

    2. To maximize performance, make sure your router isn't sitting underneath a bunch of things, like being covered up under a desk in a office. Open air above the antennae is a good thing, and moving around your router can make a lot of difference in helping signal propagation.

    3. In general, if possible, don't keep it by a lot of other electronics.

    4. The Wireless N band is at a higher frequency, and therefore the signal doesn't travel as far as Wireless G or B before degrading (with the same transmit power). Therefore, using Wireless N automatically gives you a disadvantage in terms of range, however if the signal is good, of course Wireless N gives you much better performance.


    That being said, sometimes you just need more power due to your residence having walls which really kill signal, or the router has to be somewhat far away. So for this, I would suggest the Buffalo line of high-power routers. These specifically have very high powered signals to help propagate through tough areas.

    Probably the top of the line one is this: Buffalo Nfiniti Wireless-N High Power Router & Access Point Reviewed - SmallNetBuilder



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    Re: Wireless Router recommendations?

    I've always had a Linksys and never had any major problems.


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