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Trying to pick between 2 wireless router models

By herrmannator ·
Trying to choose between 2 wireless routers:

1) Belkin "High Speed Mode Wireless G Router" "up to 35% faster than 802.11g"
http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=&Section_Id=201522&pcount=&Product_Id=179477

2) D-Link "D-Link Xtreme G DI-624 Wireless Router" "Up to 108 Mbps"
http://www.dlink.com/products/?sec=1&pid=6

I notice that the D-Link advertises itself as being 108 Mbps, where the Belkin claims "35% faster that standard wireless G". Is the D-Link significantly faster or are they pretty comparable?

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Problems

by Choppit In reply to

My BEFW11S4 V1 behaved itself quite well several firmware versions later but PPTP pass-thru never worked for incoming VPN connections.

The problem with home routers in general seems to be that they're not tested thoroughly before release. Here's some of the bugs I've experienced which should have been fixed before release.

Unit overheats and locks up every 2 hours.

PPTP (specifically GRE47) cannot be passed

WAN management does not work if port forwarding rules are used.

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Problems with both

by Chilli_Willie In reply to Trying to pick between 2 ...

I have had problems with both companies. They dont want to support you if you aren't using their products across the board.

I would go with a Linksys or Netgear. The Linksys might be cheaper but I think the Netgear is a little better product.

Also is a company wont give you benchmark numbers that should tell you something

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Dealing with the same problem....

by cp7212 In reply to Problems with both

Yeah, we have the same problem here at my company. I really can't blame them, though. We had a problem here with email and the other company wanted me to call them about it. I told them I don't support their Exchange server.

As far as recommendations go, I wouldn't purchase anything with the letters D-Link on it, they're in the same class as Compaq.

I've always had success with LinkSys. I'm not saying I didn't have to do some troubleshooting some times, but when don't you? I've never used Belkin or Netgear, so I have no opinion about it.

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Curious about high-speed mode...

by cp7212 In reply to Dealing with the same pro ...

I went to Cnet to check some reviews, as I was curious about the high-speed mode. The reviews were 92% yea and 8% nay. Pretty good ratings with one major drawback for Belkin. There is no loopback for this router.

I suppose it all depends on how you troubleshoot, but I would want to be able to check it internally, it's much easier.

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Netgear

by jmgarvin In reply to Trying to pick between 2 ...

D-Link is garbage and Linksys has its own wonky issues. For the price pickup a Netgear AP.

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Buffalo Tech

by Howard Holton In reply to Trying to pick between 2 ...

Just to be different I will suggest buffalo tech - The problem with the speed doubling techniques is that they are proprietary forms of compression and you are required to run all compatible hardware for the speed increase to work, with cable/dsl speeds in the under 6Mbps range 802.11g's 54Mbps should be sufficient for your needs.

I like the Buffalo for:
1. It's ease of setup
2. Many of the advanced options I want are there
3. The advanced antennas that are readily available to boot signal strength.

Granted you can always build an antenna, but for $30 I can buy one from Best Buy / Fry's / Microcenter and in minutes be up an running.

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