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Home routers - The best of the cheap

By house ·
Any solid unbias reviews of cheap hardware routers?

ie. Linksys, D-Link, etc...

I am interested in getting a newer device with a solid firewall interface, more advanced options, ICMP rules, wireless connection certificates, DMZ... perhaps even logging to a network share (does that even exist on these things?). My current router is crap.

Basically, I want the best of the $50 - $150 range. Any reviews, suggestions, issues? Of course, I would rather run a *nix box firewall OS, but that'll have to wait.

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cheap yet reliable

by jdclyde In reply to Home routers - The best o ...

D-link is what I have at home and have never had a problem with it. Great if basing just on price.

For about $20 more I like netgear better. Have set up a few and never have a probelem with them either, just like the options and interface better.

I do not like the support you get with linksys. I thought they would take off after Cisco bought them, but they are off shore for support. (atleast was last summer). The sales people were also rather clueless.

I think that the netgears ARE linux boxes too.

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by house In reply to cheap yet reliable

I was leaning towards Linksys because of their Cisco blood, but I think I'll reconsider and weigh my options without playing favourites.

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by mrafrohead In reply to Home routers - The best o ...

Granted I HATE linksys after Cisco bought them out, but they still make a fairly good product.

After their last update of firmware that is... ;p

I would recommend you get the WRT54GS (yes S)

That will get you wireless if you so choose to dork around with it, and 4 ports of wired that you can share out to a switch and expand to your hearts desire...

The security with the current firmware is not too shabby either. Easy to setup and has a lot of very nice features...

I believe that they are up to version 2 in teh hardware of the WRT54GS, so make sure that you get yourself one of the newer ones with the new hardware.

Yes, support sucks *** as mentioned previously unless you speak Indian, BUT - you strike me as a pretty intelligent guy and probably won't need their support as you can find all of your answers on Google, should you have too look...


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Linksys = 1 Netgear = 1

by house In reply to Linksys...

Tie game. Linksys seems to be applying the pressure though.

Ps - I want the most complex firewall options available.

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Complex options

by mrafrohead In reply to Linksys = 1 Netgear = 1

Use Linksys!

If you use the WRTG54GS - you have the option of using an aftermarket firmware to add extra features and security to the router.

The default firmware is not that bad to start, but you can change it if you want.

The code is GPL!

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by house In reply to Complex options

That's the best thing I've heard all week. Linksys has a huge lead right now. My original plan was to set up a Linux box anyways. I'll have to check that out for sure.

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by mrafrohead In reply to Beautiful

Just google wrt54gs firmware and you'll see what i"m talking about.

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I feel the opposite...

by stalymi In reply to Linksys...

I love the fact that Cisco bought Linksys and has made the product even better. There is without a doubt a better product in a Linksys Router than Netgear or any other home base router out there.

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Give me a week

by TheChas In reply to Home routers - The best o ...

In about a week, (time permitting) I should be able to provide a comparison of a Linksys and a Netgear router.

I ordered 2 Netgear routers for $16 each US.

My 2 year old Linksys was supposed to have a firewall. What it actually has is an option to limit access to only computers with Zone Alarm Pro installed.

I'll let you know what I discover.


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New "Pre-N"

by tbragsda In reply to Home routers - The best o ...

Just got in a Belkin "Pre-N". Will let you all know how it goes, but advertises 800% more coverage, and 20+Mbps


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