I am looking at getting a wireless router to use at home. I wanted to ask you guys, what is the best wireless router, but afordable on my tight budget (MAX - $120) Also, it would be good if it was available in Australia, as I live there. Thanks for your help in advance..
Do you want just a router, or a modem/router combo.
Either way Belkin has some very good solutions from my experience and their tech support line is free so if there is a problem you wont end up with a massive phone bill.
Check out their current N-wireless range and see if it suits your needs/budget Belkin : Home
Router Wise. Opt for a Billion 7200G or an Asus WL520GC You can get both from MSY for very cheap prices. The Billion is your best bet, and they are industry quality amont the world leaders with routers
what is the difference between the 7200G and the 7300G?
My personal preference is anything Linksys. Price will depend on what wireless type you're looking for. A/B/G/N? All? Some? If you say a or b, I'll bean you with a chair.
Wireless N is really dropping in price, you can get a Linksys Wireless-N Gigabit Router for $90 (US) on newegg. If you were looking for something cheaper, and don't need the wireless N, I'd say stick with what's always been reliable and go for the Linksys WRT45G. I've got 2 and they've worked wonders.
I prefer Linksys over other brands I've tried because to configure most of the time they require an active internet to change any settings :(
Okay, have gone out and bought myself a Belkin Wireless N Router.. ($127) Now I want to now how to secure it, but still let my laptop in.. I've tried giving it a password (WKP), but I just can't figure out how to connect it on my laptop.. It works fine without a password, but with one it doesn't.. So, I've set it up, and it's all ready to go (one wired computer and one wireless), just need to secure it.. So, thank you guys once again for your help..
I'd say just put a mac address filter on it. It will only let the network card with a specific identifying number (MAC address) access the wireless. That's probably the safest you can get, since with enough time a key can be cracked.
The on/off switch will probably be somewhere under the wireless settings, not too far from the password security. To get your mac address, go to Start>Run>cmd, then type "ipconfig -all" (without quotes), and the one that says "Physical Address" under your wireless card is the one you want.
Okay, thanks.. so if I add only my computer, it will only allow that and the wired computer/s? and no others?
Yessir, that's the beauty of a MAC address filter
Beauty!! Okay, now some more q's.. I want to be able to connect to the wired computer(view it's documents and what-not), and things connected to the wired one (ie, Printer, Scanner and such). The wired computer is XP, and the wireless one is Vista. They both have the same Workgroup name: MSHOME