Need a business router

By strategic ยท 11 replies
Feb 17, 2011
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  1. Hi there, I just wanted to ask all you guys out there if you can recommend a router (for a business) for me. We are currently using a Dlink DIR-628, and doesn't seem to handle things anymore. It would need to handle about 20 computers, and about 10 smartphones, along with FTRP server.
    Any thoughts appreciated.

    Thanks :)
  2. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,020

    Ok, so I've done some searching and came up with the following dlink routers:

    DIR-825 Xtreme N Dual Band Gigabit Router
    DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit Router
    DIR-855 Xtreme N Duo Media Router
    Or maybe anything better?
    Please let me know...
  3. Eigfrost

    Eigfrost TS Rookie Posts: 21

    There's a review of the DIR-825 here, if it's of any use to you - it gets a 'recommended' award.

    The reviewer comments that it's a well featured router, and capable of decent speeds, which fall away a bit come the 20m mark (and a couple of walls!).
  4. spiderman1957

    spiderman1957 TS Rookie Posts: 16


    D-link I Believe is the way to go. Stay away from Belkin not very good experience with that brand.
    Good luck!:wave:
  5. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,020

    @Eigfrost, thanks for the input, I'll be picking one of these units up tonight and give it a try.
    I've seen a few good reviews on it aside from the link you provided, so it's worth a try.

    @spiderman1957, you're right. I would never go for anything other than Dlink or Cisco for a router.
  6. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126


    Photo: On top is Trendnet TEW-691GR Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n N450 Gig 10/100/1000mbps Router, Under that is Trendnet Rack Mount type 16-port Gigabit Business Class Switch with 2MB Packet Buffer Memory under that is Trendnet Rack Mounted type 16-port Megabit Business Class Switch with 1.25MB Packet Buffer Memory.

    I might add the Trendnet TEW-691GR, WNPU 500MHz, 64KB I/D 32KB, 512KB Packet Memory Buffer, 64MB DDR2 of RAM, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n TX: N450 / RX: N450, MSC = Max Session Connections (non-blocking port speed) 14,000. I use this right now.

  7. Eigfrost

    Eigfrost TS Rookie Posts: 21

    Cool... let us know how you get on.
  8. nissanman

    nissanman TS Maniac Posts: 247

    Ive been hearing good things about Cisco. Alot of Dlinks newer products are good aswell. But like spiderman1957 said. Stay away from Belkin. I have one, it constantly drops out and im about ready to break it.
  9. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,020

    Thanks for your help everyone. Sorry it took so long to return, I've have been away sick and just getting back in the game. I will bring your suggestions to the chief and hopefully get somewhere.
    Personally for myself, I prefer Linksys (Cisco). I have found the quickest to setup and reliable. Just purchased a Netgear router for myself at home, and returned it as my my current router was much better. Tried a Cicso E3000 and was great, the only problem is it quit on me just after I finished setting up all the PC's and phones (perfect timing) so that went back too. The only issue was getting my netbook to access the internet, but that's another topic I will start maybe tomorrow.
    @Tipster, that setup is quite impressive, we currently have something similar now, only all components are d-link and with 1 16-port switch.
  10. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,138   +985

    hmm; Business systems typically use a router at the gateway to the ISP and switches everywhere else as they require no configuration.

    Instead of using the router DHCP, business systems (which typically have a Domain Controller [DC] environment) use their own instances of DHCP and DNS. A small mom-n-pop business may also just as well not implement the DC for cost and simplicity.
  11. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,020

    Yes Jobeard, as I interpret it, you are describing the picture that Tipstir posted earlier, which is similar, but larger than what we have.
  12. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,138   +985

    That's correct - - I was generalizing the concepts for (hopefully) clarity as all the specs could obscure the ideas.

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