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Wireless Router suggestion

By nismo91
Sep 26, 2007
  1. Hi all.
    i am planning to buy a wireless modem+router so that i can share the internet connection in my home with my desktop pc.

    im going back home approximately next week, so i have a week to buy it.
    the concern here is that today i went to a computer shop and see alot of wireless modem-router which is around my budget... :)

    however, there's many brands of router available there.
    the price is competitive, only 1 or 2 dollar difference each brand....
    so i'm confused about which one to buy....

    hearing ppl suggestion some said avoid D-Link, some said avoid Linksys, and so on... in the shops they're selling these brands:
    Linksys
    D-Link
    Belkin
    Shiro (dual antenna)
    NetGear
    ProLink
    AZTech

    unfortunately, i did not write down the model of each brands, since i thought each brand will have its characteristic...

    Currently, im using the Linksys wireless modem+router WAG200G, but im not on my home right now. another relative have a Belkin wireless router but not sure how reliable it is....

    what im most eager to know is that what is the adantage of using dual antenna router compared to a single antenna router? does it make any difference?


    lastly, many thanks for the suggestion.
    and if this thread have been posted before,
    i'd be much appreciated to be redirected there.... :)
     
  2. k.jacko

    k.jacko TS Rookie Posts: 493

    Personally i've used a lot of linksys routers and AP's, but then went through a period of all things linksys fudging up on me, so i changed to Netgear and Belkjin whic are good. However the WRT54G is a decent product, i've not had any issues with the ones i've used or installed.
    Oohh...hang on a sec, did you want a modem-router (all in one)? Is it DSL or cable? You needto be sure cos the WRT43G products i believe are not modem-routers, they are just routers (wireless or otherwise)

    Dual antenna just gives a better chance of a stronger and more reliable signal, if you are going through umpteen walls.
     
  3. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 888   +14

    yes i want a modem-router so that i can replace my broadband modem and use the new one instead... (make it neat :))

    oh im sorry... the linksys is WAG200G...
    i forgot, cause here i have both WAG200G & WRT54G...

    so far i see alot of ppl using Linksys as their routers...
    but on my budget i saw a shiro dual antenna modem-router...

    so im not sure whether shiro is a reliable brand or not...
    so far what i know shiro is well-known for making radio and communication products such as walkie talkie... about network, so far i see Linksys still one of the best while Belkin are well known in electricity (surge protector) and computer accessories.
     
  4. k.jacko

    k.jacko TS Rookie Posts: 493

    don't know anything about Shiro mate, but you shouldn't go far wrong with the Linksys one. I use both the WRT54GS (router for cable modem) and the WAG54g (dsl modem router), both have been in server for well over a year and still going strong.
    I like the familiarity of the Linksys setup.
     
  5. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 888   +14

    hmmm icic...
    so maybe im just focusing onto Linksys and Belkin for now...
    since both of them are more reliable than others.... :)
     
  6. poriggity

    poriggity TS Rookie

    I run a netgear, and I love it. I only have one phone jack in the entire house, so I had to get creative with it, as it is shared with my land line and my modem/router... I have one old HP laptop with a wireless card in it, one new laptop with built in 802.11 g/b, my wifes laptop with built in 802.11 g/b and a desktop in the office that uses a netgear USB plugin for wireless, which works great. Ive been nothing but HAPPY with all my netgear stuff.
    Scott
     
  7. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    Alot of users use Dlink DIR-655 is very popular. Belkin they're good for making network patch cords when it comes to hardware they're week there.
     
  8. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 888   +14

    thanks for all the suggestion...
    i'll pay a final visit to the shop roughly about next weekdays.
    when i'm flying home i hope i got the correct home gateway installed :)
    btw, one more brand spotted : SMC :p

    more complicated to choose... :lol:
     
  9. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 888   +14

    thanks everyone.
    finally i bought a Linksys WAG200G today...
    since i heard that Linksys is decent in networking products....
    hope its goin fine until i get it right on my home next week... :D
     
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