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Title: wireless router?
Post by: bentch on July 15, 2009, 02:44:23 PM
which wireless router is the best in the $40-$60 range?
Title: Re: wireless router?
Post by: Eli on July 16, 2009, 07:13:05 AM
Linksys WRT54G although they have some new one's that are N routers (a black, spaceship looking device) that you may be able to find for that price.
Title: Re: wireless router?
Post by: bentch on July 16, 2009, 11:29:16 AM
Thanks.
Title: Re: wireless router?
Post by: stevenk on July 16, 2009, 03:52:52 PM
I have the N router paid $60 at office max. works great
Title: Re: wireless router?
Post by: Mordy on July 26, 2009, 08:13:54 PM
I recommend Linksys as well, however make sure its a Linksys that supports DD-WRT... it makes the router much more efficient and less dropped connections than the stock Linksys firmware.
Do a search and read some of the reviews... Seems like anyone who ever had a problem with a router fixed it using DD-WRT.

However, some of the newer routers (the fancy black looking ones I think) don't support it...
Title: Re: wireless router?
Post by: Dan on July 26, 2009, 10:43:17 PM
On the topic Mordy, my 802.11g router just crapped out on me.

Any reason to buy a ~$50 802.11n instead of another ~$25 802.11g router?

My laptop does have 802.11n.
Title: Re: wireless router?
Post by: Mordy on July 27, 2009, 01:48:29 PM
Dan,
It depends on whether you just want it for internet sharing or if you're planning on some hard-core local area networking.

What I think most people don't realize is that average internet speeds are well below the 54mbps that wireless "G" offers. Most cable users around where I live max out at 5-10Mbps, which means that even 802.11*B* would be enough!

Now, if you have a business cable line (which can push 17-20Mbps) or FiOS (which usually hits 20+, but can hit a "theoretical" whopping 50Mbps), you'd be bottlenecked by the slow "B" wireless speeds, however still well within the 54Mbps of "G".

So, no, "N" would be an utter waste of money in my opinion. If you're doing a lot of local networking, however (such as NAS, Apple's Time Machine, or transferring large files between computers at home) then you'd benefit from all the speed you can get. However, keep in mind that most routers will only go as fast as the SLOWEST connection, which means that even if your router and laptop are n, if you connect your Wii (which is only 802.11g), the entire network will be reduced to G. Even better, if someone comes over with their PSP, the whole network might slow to 802.11b!!

Hope that helps...
Title: Re: wireless router?
Post by: Mikeoracle on July 27, 2009, 02:28:32 PM
Mordy,
What about range? Doesnt a wireless N router give you more range than a G?
Title: Re: wireless router?
Post by: Dan on July 27, 2009, 02:35:34 PM
Dan,
It depends on whether you just want it for internet sharing or if you're planning on some hard-core local area networking.

What I think most people don't realize is that average internet speeds are well below the 54mbps that wireless "G" offers. Most cable users around where I live max out at 5-10Mbps, which means that even 802.11*B* would be enough!

Now, if you have a business cable line (which can push 17-20Mbps) or FiOS (which usually hits 20+, but can hit a "theoretical" whopping 50Mbps), you'd be bottlenecked by the slow "B" wireless speeds, however still well within the 54Mbps of "G".

So, no, "N" would be an utter waste of money in my opinion. If you're doing a lot of local networking, however (such as NAS, Apple's Time Machine, or transferring large files between computers at home) then you'd benefit from all the speed you can get. However, keep in mind that most routers will only go as fast as the SLOWEST connection, which means that even if your router and laptop are n, if you connect your Wii (which is only 802.11g), the entire network will be reduced to G. Even better, if someone comes over with their PSP, the whole network might slow to 802.11b!!

Hope that helps...
Thanks, G it is!
Title: Re: wireless router?
Post by: Mordy on July 27, 2009, 02:54:31 PM
Mordy,
What about range? Doesnt a wireless N router give you more range than a G?

Dan didn't say he had any range problems with his current setup. He asked if there would be an advantage to going N. His experience will most likely be the same whether its a G or an N.
It it aint broke don't fix it: In fact, there have been reports of N routers getting worse range with G connected devices than a G router... it seems the "extra range" is only available if everything on the network is N.

If range were a problem and price were an option, I would STILL recommend a good linksys G router with DD-WRT installed to boost the antennae gain.
Title: Re: wireless router?
Post by: Mikeoracle on July 27, 2009, 03:18:44 PM
So if I have a wireless N router and have a laptop with wireless N card and Desktop with "G" card connecting to it, my laptop wont get the extended range of the "N" because it is shared with the desktop that only has a "G" card?
If that is indeed the case do you have any suggestions to get the further range for the laptop?
Title: Re: wireless router?
Post by: Mordy on July 27, 2009, 04:45:39 PM
Depends on the router.
Title: Re: wireless router?
Post by: yesitsme on April 08, 2021, 02:59:53 AM
things have changed since, with wifi 6 combined with fiber cables + 2.4+5 ghz hybrid connection you can get way over 50 mbps
but getting a router with DD-WRT support is a good point