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Old 09-05-11, 07:17 PM
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Good wireless 802.11n router

What's a good router these days? I'd like something with 802.11n and a built in GigE switch. Not sure what is good these days. Want to see what you all have had good luck with.

My old faithful, a WRT54G Rev 2.0 finally died. I came home a few days ago to the smell of burnt silicone. Someone let the smoke out of a chip. I think the days of 90 degree weather were too much for it.

I'm running on an ancient Lucent 802.11b router that my wife insisted I throw away. "You'll never use something like that again!" she would say.

Who is laughing now? Who is laughing now?

Anyways...

Suggestions?
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Old 09-05-11, 07:34 PM
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My parents always complained about their router until I got them the apple airport express, seems more stable than the other ones I guess, and less temperamental. $70 refurbed at the apple site. I'm still using my netgear, have to unplug it once in awhile but still works. G tho.
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Old 09-05-11, 08:00 PM
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I had the WRT54G Rev 2.0 and replaced it last year. Stuck with Cisco/Linksys and got the E2000. Also got an E1000 for my mother. I tested the range prior to purchase as in theory, n doesn't have the range of g. Walked around the neighborhood with a netbook seeing who didn't have a secure connection. Linksys and netgear n routers consistently gave a strong enough signal 3 houses down, like the g counterpart where others were much closer.

Don't know what the current model year equivalen is. Avoid Ciscos Valet line which is a dumbed down version of the Linksys making it 'idiot-proof" but you lose a lot of controls.
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Old 09-05-11, 08:41 PM
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I'm using a E1000 now. It's quite stable.

I don't do fancy crap with it anymore.
I plug it in, leave it factory, change the DHCP scope a little, turn on WIFI, set security, name the SSID to stinkfinger and give it a password.
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Old 09-06-11, 12:39 AM
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I don't know what I will do when my WRT54G dies. Probably will try to find one on ebay/craigslist.
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Old 09-06-11, 07:08 AM
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No kidding. I am still running a WRT54G as well.
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WRT54G, it hangs out under the desk, covered in dust, and dog/cat hair tumbleweeds. Once in a while the anttenas will get knocked askew, and it will lose some range, but other wise it seems to be a work horse. When the last pc is upgraded to n, of if the router takes a dump, then i'll think about a replacement Linksys.
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Old 09-06-11, 09:33 AM
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That's unfortunate. My WRT54G was pretty rock solid until it failed in a catastrophic fashion. I could get another one, it would continue to stack with my cable modem.

However, I would really like to upgrade to 802.11n and at the same time, get a GigE switch so I can transfer files to and from our media server in the office and the PC plugged into the TV quicker.

I would like 802.11n as all of our PCs now have adapters that support it.

Hm... I guess I'll need to buy one and experiment.
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