Wireless Router

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I am getting ready to switch internet providers and our cable company does not provide the wireless routers.
I did look at some online , but there is so freaking many of them. Do any of you have any recommendations that are not too pricey ? And what are some of the main things I should be looking for when choosing one ?

Thanks for the help ! :)
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Rocksor replied the topic: Wireless Router

D-Link, Netgear, Linksys are good.

Look for what type of wireless connection your devices need first.

802.11g/n etc.
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Goranothos replied the topic: Wireless Router

What Rocksor said.

I've always used Linksys, with no complaints.

This is the model I currently use:

www.amazon.com/Cisco-WRT54G-Cisco-Linksys-Wireless-G-Router/dp/B00007KDVI

Note that it is "G", not "N". "N" is faster than "G" but if you don't have any "N" devices it doesn't matter.

The only wireless device we use in our house is my wife's laptop (smartphones use a different wireless network, 3G, that has nothing to do with your home wireless network).

I like real speed on my devices (gaming desktop and Blu-Ray player which does double duty on Netflix), so I have wired CAT-5 connections for them.

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Big-Ken replied the topic: Re:Re: Wireless Router

Goranothos wrote: The only wireless device we use in our house is my wife's laptop (smartphones use a different wireless network, 3G, that has nothing to do with your home wireless network).

Most smart phones you can override the 3g/4g and run it on your home wifi network and it will be MUCH faster. My galaxy S2 is setup to automatically move from 3g to wifi networks when I'm at work and home

I am also a fan of linksys, d-link, and netgear
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OFL replied the topic: Re:Re: Wireless Router

I have been with BT Internet for the last 10 years or so and for most of that time have used a BT hub so I'm not really qualified to advise you on a route of. Having said that, I always believe you get what you pay for so if you do buy something cheap, don't be surprised if it lacks some of the things that you may need in the future. Having said that, technology has really come on now and certainly not as expensive as it used to be. I have had D Link before and they are quite good. I've also used Net Gear and must admit these were the best ones in my opinion.

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Firestorm8215 replied the topic: Wireless Router

Rocksor wrote: D-Link, Netgear, Linksys are good.

Look for what type of wireless connection your devices need first.

802.11g/n etc.



All Chinese to me.

I want to connect 2 Smart Phones , a laptop , Wii and a Kindle.

I don't know what 802.11g/n even means... :dry:
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Rocksor replied the topic: Wireless Router

It should be in the manual for each of those devices. You can google the model names of the device to find out what wireless protocol it supports.
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Ahhhh. Ok. I will do that later and see what I can come up with.
Thanks.
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Goranothos replied the topic: Re:Re: Wireless Router

Big-Ken wrote:

Goranothos wrote: The only wireless device we use in our house is my wife's laptop (smartphones use a different wireless network, 3G, that has nothing to do with your home wireless network).

Most smart phones you can override the 3g/4g and run it on your home wifi network and it will be MUCH faster. My galaxy S2 is setup to automatically move from 3g to wifi networks when I'm at work and home.


That is absolutely true.

In my case, it doesn't matter. I have a smartphone (Droid X2) and the only thing I ever use it for is texting and actual "talking on the phone". I have yet to find an "app" that appeals to me in the slightest. No doubt I would be better off with a simple "feature phone", and will probably switch to one soon.

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Goranothos replied the topic: Wireless Router

Firestorm8215 wrote:

Rocksor wrote: D-Link, Netgear, Linksys are good.

Look for what type of wireless connection your devices need first.

802.11g/n etc.



All Chinese to me.

I want to connect 2 Smart Phones , a laptop , Wii and a Kindle.

I don't know what 802.11g/n even means... :dry:


Since everything you use is wireless, you would probably be better off going with an "N" model, such as this.

www.amazon.com/Cisco-E1200-Linksys-Wireless-N300-Router/dp/B004T9RR6I


Like Big Ken said, you can set your smartphones to use your home wireless network rather than 3G whenever you are in range.

If you use your Wii for Netflix streaming, "N" is good, but you are still better off going "wired" with CAT5 cable, if you can manage it.

"Wired" is always better than wireless for speed.

Wireless is for convenience.

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