Weekend Open Forum: Who makes your favorite networking gear?

By Shawn Knight · 56 replies
Mar 1, 2013
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  1. There’s no shortage of choices when it comes to selecting networking gear for your home or at work. Companies like Belkin, Cisco, D-Link and Netgear all have a solid following among consumers. I’ve used several different brands over the years...

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +859

    Asus. Use the new Asus RT-AC66U 802.11ac - it's pricey ($200), but is amazingly fast with the new ac protocol and super easy to set up.

    Asus isn't good for just mobo's any longer. :)
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  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,701

    Cisco Linksys is my usual selection. This last time I went with ASUS. Although I feel as if ASUS is a rebrand of something else, I'm probably wrong thinking so.
  4. For home and business: CISCO rulz!!
  5. Always Linksys and never had any problems.
  6. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

  7. I use tp link because it work fine at 50c and other fries at that temp
  8. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 855   +121

    Netgear. Great price with a lifetime warranty for blue metal chassis products.
  9. waterytowers

    waterytowers TS Booster Posts: 101   +10

    HP 24 port gigabit for home wired setup, ports in nearly every room. Dont use wireless that much when you can get a much faster and more reliable wired connection. Still using an old Billion router for wireless. I will replace the billion when I either get the NBN to my door, or the router dies, 5 years and still going.
  10. Nazeem

    Nazeem TS Member

    Asus has taken the crown in the last 2 years, starting with the RT-N56U, and more recently, the RT-AC66U.
  11. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    D-Link and TP-Link
  12. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    I don't have a favorite one per se. The equipment that comes with the Centurylink service, the Actiontec Q1000, gets the job done. Three video game systems, three PCs, a tablet, two Blu-Ray players and a Roku box all works with no hitches.
  13. Love my black box 8port Ethernet switch powered from usb. It is so good in the data center.
  14. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TS Guru Posts: 379   +6

    I use a lot of TP-Link. Affordable with a good feature set.
  15. negroplasty

    negroplasty TS Guru Posts: 516   +12

    I've always had very good experiences with Netgear at home. With that in mind I try to stick to them when I can, though I'm not opposed to buying another brand.
  16. Dell.
  17. I have been using, installing, servicing many routers over the past 9 years and by far for a consumer product the Cisco branded Linksys routers.
    D-Link greenhorn setup software seems confusing from many people I have set up for. They make great switches, but routers not so much.
  18. Bart Matusiak

    Bart Matusiak TS Member

    The correct answer is Dell.
  19. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,475   +126

    Most current setup for network here..

    OnStage RS7030 Rack Stand
    Raxxess RAX Unitray Universal Rack Tray UNS1 (2x)
    Technical Pro PS9U Rack Mount Power Supply with 5V USB Charging Port

    Ubee DDM3513 DOCSIS 3.0 certified 50MB-1000MB: ISP Rate: 50d 10u showing 67d 12u
    TP-LINK SafeStream Gigabit Dual-WAN VPN Router TL-ER6120 (Rack Mount)
    TP-LINK JetStream 16-Port Gigabit L2 Managed Switch TL-SG3216 (Rack Mount)

    EnGenius Xtra/Super Range Dual-Band High-Powered Wireless-N AP Gigabit Router ESR600H In WiFi Access Mode Only!
    ZyXEL NSA325 (NAS 2x TB) + Print Server + Media Server + Web Server
    SiliconDust HDHomeRun DUAL High Definition Digital TV Tuner HDHR3-US (Black) (2x)
  20. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    It makes no difference to me. I'll use any brand. It's all price dependent. At the moment I use D-Link. It does what it says on the tin.
  21. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,475   +126

    Yes it does make a difference. I've used all the major brands, all those you get in the stores just not going to hold up if you use your network heavy duty. Streaming Media from Media Server, playing online LAN party games etc.. Business Enterprise Network Gear is what I use now. No more Cisco Linksys Gear for me I've spent more for these E4200, EA4500 all those RE1000 total cost near $500 bucks and what the out come failure! TP-LINK top Network Gear don't have these issues that plague all the other brands for SOHO Small Office / Home Office Routers. Of course SMB (Small Business)
  22. Definitely Asus for the past 2-3 years. Their router has been very capable, stable, and easy to use. Not sure what happened to dlink and linksys. Cisco RV series are also decent provided you pick the right model and update firmware.
  23. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,285   +243

    Tp link,wr740n,draft n at 150mbps.
    cheap, easy to setup, hassle free.

    I'll probably upgrade to tp link wr841n when the wallet is more stable.
  24. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Like I said, it's makes no bit of blind difference to me. I'm a farmer with a home network. I buy on price & price alone. I'm not a fanbooi of any brand.
  25. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,959   +217

    I make my "favorite networking gear"
    I build my own Firewall / Routers using IPCOP...
    Also Linksys WRT's comes very high on my list when you replace the stock firmware with Sveasoft or DD-WRT

    As for actual switching gear I don't care so much, Dell makes some nice switches at decent prices, but so does several other brands. I like the look & performance of the compact Netgear switches.

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