Need a Good Router

By ashah000
Jul 30, 2007
  1. Last year we had 10 people in our house at college and we had 2 dlinks with 2 three mb lines, and the dlink routers would fail everyday!! Had to be reset at least once a day.

    Now we have 14 people, with one 10 mb line.

    Please help me choose a good router for 14 connections, something that wont crash all the time and a good range.

  2. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    Look at the Vigor routers from Draytek - and no, I don't work for them!
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,156   +598

    Suggest you look for a MIMO style routers (ie you'll need two 8 port routers).
    MIMO: Many Im, Many Out antennas.

    Try to wire as many users as possible to reduce problems and issues. Immediately
    update the firmware, being careful to load the correct model/version number software
    for your device.

    Get a copy of Network Stumbler(NS) to survey the WiFi environment around the house;
    you're look for channels being used, open links, and encryption techniques being used.

    NS will report signal strength and signal-to-noise ratios, both measurements are better
    with bigger numbers.

    Be advised, G+B mode capability is nice, but any G connection will suffer from any nearby
    B mode router. The fix is to not run your router in both modes, but rather to fix yours
    on G mode only.

    A typical issue that may arise is when you encrypt the router, some users may not
    be able to connect due to their adapter and driver. Sadly, sometimes only the lowest level WEP encryption will work (and that can be hacked).

    Wikipedia article on frequency usage
    specifically paragraph(3)
    A-mode routers will be more STABLE!

    b+g frequencies compared to a
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