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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-06-2010, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Modern wireless router (home) suggestions

Need to pick one up for my new service, its been several years since I've shopped. Looking for something with a small footprint, decent value, for an apartment. Thanks!

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Linksys RangePlus WRT110 Wireless-N Network Router

http://cgi.ebay.com/Linksys-RangePlu...item3efbbfe3a3

Linksys Wireless-N GB Router w Storage Link WRT350N

http://cgi.ebay.com/Linksys-Wireless...item2304a1e214

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I have the WRT610N and have had 0 issues with it. I however have 3 computers and a PS3 running off of it. I game heavily on one computer, browse on another, download music to the other and my roommate will play his PS3 (MW2) simultaneously with no issue at all.

I understand you are probably not looking for this type of performance but am letting you know the WRT product has worked well for me.

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I have the WRT610N and have had 0 issues with it. I however have 3 computers and a PS3 running off of it. I game heavily on one computer, browse on another, download music to the other and my roommate will play his PS3 (MW2) simultaneously with no issue at all.

I understand you are probably not looking for this type of performance but am letting you know the WRT product has worked well for me.
Thx for the suggestion, i've been reading good things about the WRT's, so might go that route. My use will be WiFi almost 100%.


This is a tad off-topic, but can anyone recommend a NAS (network storage) to compliment? I've never had one, but was considering it for hosting some media, files, music, on the network.

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If you want something basic just get an old PC, throw in a large drive and install freenas

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If you want something basic just get an old PC, throw in a large drive and install freenas
Will check that app out, I was hoping to make the network closet as compact as possible but using a PC for NAS would be cheap Do you use freenas? Any tips?

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I have a new Linksys Compact Wireless G still in the box. Is the WRT54GC. Unit is tiny, a little bigger than a pack of cigarettes and has 4port switch and connections for external antenna.

You can have it for $25 if you want it. Fryes sold for $69.99


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I have a new Linksys Compact Wireless G still in the box. Is the WRT54GC. Unit is tiny, a little bigger than a pack of cigarettes and has 4port switch and connections for external antenna.

You can have it for $25 if you want it. Fryes sold for $69.99

Thx for the offer, will let you know asap!

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Either way... I would at least get wireless N and 10/100/1000 connections. Some people might claim that is overkill, but 1080P HD media requires it...

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What's a nice N router with built in 4portGB switch go for these days?

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i'll take a linksys WRT-54GL with tomato firmware any day of the week.
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i'll take a linksys WRT-54GL with tomato firmware any day of the week.
I've heard about these linux based routers w/ different firmware, any big reason I should consider that? I quick scan of ebay didn't show to many available.

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I've heard about these linux based routers w/ different firmware, any big reason I should consider that? I quick scan of ebay didn't show to many available.
i found mine at fry's for $45. first off these firmwares make the product far more stable. i've never had to power cycle this router. it just flat out works right.

the big thing for me was linksys firmware from factory doesn't have IP address reservation by mac address. i have numerous devices and i like them to be on a certain local ip address everytime b/c of port forwarding for ftp servers, torrents, etc.
while my old netgear had this feature and it had a nice user interface, that thing was problematic. it needed to be reset frequently, certain port forward entries would disapear from the list to where you couldnt see or edit them.

i've been happy with this thing. the downside is that it doesnt have wireless N but to me that doesnt matter. i use very little wireless. if that were to change in the future, i would add a 802.11N or H or MIMO or whatever the best is in a wireless access point and continue to use this router.
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i found mine at fry's for $45. first off these firmwares make the product far more stable. i've never had to power cycle this router. it just flat out works right.

the big thing for me was linksys firmware from factory doesn't have IP address reservation by mac address. i have numerous devices and i like them to be on a certain local ip address everytime b/c of port forwarding for ftp servers, torrents, etc.
while my old netgear had this feature and it had a nice user interface, that thing was problematic. it needed to be reset frequently, certain port forward entries would disapear from the list to where you couldnt see or edit them.

i've been happy with this thing. the downside is that it doesnt have wireless N but to me that doesnt matter. i use very little wireless. if that were to change in the future, i would add a 802.11N or H or MIMO or whatever the best is in a wireless access point and continue to use this router.
Nice, I can see what you mean, thanks for the info!

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