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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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Belkin... ack

by house In reply to New "Pre-N"

I've had historic issues with Belkin routers, but your feedback from recent experience will be much appreciated.

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Pre N is still a Pre standard. Should stay out

by wilswong In reply to New "Pre-N"

Heard about the Pre N. And Australian PC magazine have an article on its bad advertisement promises. Not where near to their promises it said.

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Well, thats why we test them.

by tbragsda In reply to Pre N is still a Pre stan ...

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Its about the same price as a Linksys. I would worry about it if it were 4x the price of a 802.11g, but its not.

Ill post something on how it works. I purchased matching cards, and plan to test with a number of different setups.

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To answer this question

by Garion11 In reply to Home routers - The best o ...

I have setup both Linksys and Netgear (both wired and wireless) for customers. Admittedly I have never tweaked that much with some advanced options so I can't comment on those (although it appears Linksys is loaded with them).

As far as functionality and ease of setup...both are equal.

Reliability they both seem to be equal as far as wired configurations.

Now the wireless is a different story...Netgear wireless (I used the 108mbps SuperG Router with Netgear NIC cards) was not as good as Linksys...as it kept dropping connections, wasn't as powerful distance wise, and was prone to interruptions. I have setup a total of 3 (not sure if thats a good number, you be the judge :))and they all displayed one or all these annoying issues.

Linksys on the other hand was excellent in its range and power. Mind you I used the 54G model with Linksys cards and adapters. Linksys wasn't perfect by any means (I don't think any wireless is perfect at this point) but it functioned far better than Netgear (which is surprising since I was always a fan of Netgear). DLink and Asante are also some other names you should try as I heard some excellent things about them.

There is my limited story/experience with these routers. Hopefully this will help you choose the right one.

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I haven't set many up either

by house In reply to To answer this question

I haven't set up that many myself, but I do troubleshoot about 10-20 different models per day. It's hard to judge whether or not the issues were due to user error, or if the issues where directly related to the quality of the router. Most of my inquiries and configuration help are resolved over the telephone.

I guess, in conserdering my options, I can scratch D-Link and Belkin of the list. I've had nothing but grief with these routers, but like I said, only through remote help.

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damn double post

by jdclyde In reply to I haven't set many up eit ...

Sorry everyone.
I have used a computer before.
REALLY.

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played with a few

by jdclyde In reply to I haven't set many up eit ...

Linksys = 3
d-link = 1 (works well, just don't "like" it)
Netgear = 7

I needed to get some antennas, and linksys was useless. D-link was actually the most help if you need to do this (shocked me). They make a wide range, and all the cables you would need with them.

One of my projects was to bridge the network out to a remote building that has been a pain in my A$$ with electrical issues because of being industrial. When we fire up our welding machines, we cause a brown out around the lake. (oops). Can you believe that they want US to pay for their upgrade to keep this from happening, when we were there before the houses were?
Started with two linksys bridges, but AFTER getting them it turns out they won't connect to each other, only to an access point. Got a netgear at the other end.

If you want features, your looking a few hundred to get in the highend netgears. All depends on what you want/need. VPN is not on the base models.

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Another downside of Linksys

by jdclyde In reply to To answer this question

They have been known to be flaky when it comes to DSL. It is a real hit and miss if it will even work. Haven't heard of any problems with Cable.

My support issue is more if you need more parts or have a problem with the one you already have.

All Cisco did was buy out the lowend customer base with the linksys, so they can say "if you want X feature, buy our $600 model instead of our $60".

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That's true...

by Salamander In reply to Another downside of Links ...

I've run into some problems with Linksys and DSL. I've had good luck with both Linksys and Netgear on cable...haven't tried Netgear with wireless, though. Generally, I've been happy with both.

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PPPoE is flaky

by house In reply to Another downside of Links ...

I don't know who to blame. DSL is not really all that reliable to me (from experience) so I don't plan on getting a DSL line ever.

Cable is fairly simple, but there are more outage issues... the problem with DSL is that when you get problems with the service, they are more severe.

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