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#1 12 years ago

I recently built this computer I'm on now, and still have my old one. I want to get both PCs online so I won't be kicked off every time my parents want to use it, and I want to play games with friends occasionally. At this particular moment, we can't really afford to buy a router and reciever and everything, so I borrowed my grandmother's unused router. It is a Microsoft Base Station |MN-500. I'm only borrowing this for a while, until I can get my own. So if you'd be so kind, I'd like some suggestions for Wireless routers, and the reciever.

Right now I only need a reciever. It needs to be fairly cheap, but still good. It will be used for occasional web surfing, and sometimes gaming, so it doesn't need to be super great. My connection is 3Mbps DSL.

Again, I need suggestions for a decent reciever, and router. Thanks so much guys. Most of you have really helped me along the way, and I really appreciate it. You're like really good Tech Support without an Indian accent! (:lol:)




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#2 12 years ago

Others may disagree, but I prefer Linksys. Linksys is nice.. most models have a few hardwired ethernet ports plus have wireless cability. It also has a nice web control panel. You can change all the security factors such as WEP encryption, SSID, etc etc. Though in my experience, when setting it up to recognize a DSL connection properly, it's a bit of a pain in the arse.

Most of you have really helped me along the way, and I really appreciate it. You're like really good Tech Support without an Indian accent! (:lol:)

LMFAO. Now thats +rep.




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#3 12 years ago

Yeah, my old router was a linksys and it worked great until it got fried.

Now I have a netgear router, which is okay, not quite as good, but definetly cheap.

In fact i'm using a linksys network adapter thing, and it works good.




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#4 12 years ago

Yeah, I've heard good things about Linksys - however I'd also recommend NetGear. I've got a NetGear DG834g Wireless Router/Access Point which has never let me down thus far.

As for what to stay away from - well, any cheap "no-name" brands that use the industry-standard Conexant chipset (uber crap, I used to have one). That, and D-Link. I've been helping a friend set up a wireless network using a D-Link Router/Access Point, and so far it's given us nothing but problems - it refuses to accept any form of wireless encryption (WEP, WPA or otherwise), forcing him to use an unencrypted wireless connection, it lags like a beast, has the worst written firmware I've ever seen (hell, even my old SafeCom was more intuitive and less downright buggy), and to top it off has the unfortunate habit of "forgetting" his ADSL settings every other day. Not recommended.




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#5 12 years ago

Ooh, that helps.. I was under the impression that D-Link was fairly good. So this has confirmed my original thoughts, Linksys = Good. Netgear = Good.

So now I have another question.. surprised? Is a PCI reciever better than USB, or is there not much of a difference?




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#6 12 years ago

I've never had a problem with my linksys router getting fried, and it's located under my desk on a nifty shelf thing.. so if anything it has a perfect reason to fry.. but it never has. just make sure it's clean of dust and all that and you should be fine

I'd go with a PCI, because way back when iwas in middle school I used a USB.. and it worked great.. but then one day it stopped working. No one could figure out why (and all two of that tried were computer literates).. we reinstalled the drivers.. everything.. it just wasn't working, while my brother's USB receiver (he was one room over from me) worked perfectly. Right now I am hardwired via cat5 to the router.




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#7 12 years ago

Red RebelOoh, that helps.. I was under the impression that D-Link was fairly good. So this has confirmed my original thoughts, Linksys = Good. Netgear = Good.

So now I have another question.. surprised? Is a PCI reciever better than USB, or is there not much of a difference?

There isn't much of a difference between the two regarding performance - unless, that is you're using USB 1.1 as opposed to USB 2.0. Doing so will put a dent in your transfer speed. I'd say go for PCI if you're fairly certain you can get a decent signal from where you are in relation to the router, or if you're not so sure then a USB reciever might be handy simply because you can move it around in order to get the best reception possible.




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#8 12 years ago

Another vote for LinkSys here. PCI adapters are probably better, but a USB one is easier and the cable allows you to place it in a better position to pick up the router's signal; being behind a PC under a desk isn't usually the best place for an aerial.