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    I'm about to buy my first wireless router.

    They seem cheap enough that I might as well buy the fastest / best.

    1 What do I need to look for
    --if I just want to be able to use my notebook computer and iPod Touch (one floor lower than the main computer)/
    --if I also want to stream movies to a TV?

    2 What would additional hardware I need to stream to a (new, but not Internet-enabled) TV?

    3 Local stores have Sitecom and Linksys ... is one of them more reliable?

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    Anything that is current that has a reasonable warranty is the one to buy.
    You will need wireless security.

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by jefnl View Post
    Local stores have Sitecom and Linksys ... is one of them more reliable?
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    Joel,

    I've never heard of Sitecom but I've been using Linksys {a Cisco division} for years with excellent results.
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    I think for the streaming video to TV you'll need (or maybe want) a dual band with a 5GHz radio. My new Netgear has an option on the 5G side that sends video on that freq. I haven't done anything with this yet but it seems like that would be a good option to have.

    Also agree that Linksys is good, I've also had excellent results from Netgear, and you NEED to set security once your system is going.

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    If you are going with dual band and want to use both bands at the same time, be sure that the unit actually has two radios. Most allow one band or the other, not both at the same time. If you are in an area that has a lot of wifi and need to cover only a small area such as a single apartment in a large building, go with 5ghz. If you want range and do not have a high density of existing wifi, go with 2.4ghz. The lower frequency does a much better job of penetrating walls in a non line of sight situation. The advantage of the higher freq is that it is outside of the range of the most commonly used frequencies and therefore less likely to have interference and in true line of site situations may have slightly more range.

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    The brands readily available here (Netherlands) are Apple, Linksys, Sitecom and Asus.

    Top of the line Linksys seems to be WRT610n dualband, but it got very mixed reviews on CNet compared to the Apple Aiport Extreme.

    The Apple may not be ideal for use in a PC environment, but the easy setup and adequate features are seductive.

    Any comments?

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    All routers should be easy to set up. Start with no security and get a connection, then set a good password and secure your network. If it's very easy it is probably insecure.

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by jefnl View Post
    Top of the line Linksys seems to be WRT610n dualband, but it got very mixed reviews on CNet
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    I think everything gets mixed reviews on CNet. So did my Netgear.

    I agree with Paul. If it fits your needs I would go with the Linksys with a default install, then add security after all is up and running. I also change the default IP address of the router, but at the least change the default admin password using strong, then set WPA or WPA2 if your equipment supports it, again with a stong PW. I also set preapproval by MAC address.

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    MAC filtering is pointless and can be bypassed in 20 minutes. Stick with WPA2 and you won't be bothered by rogues.

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    I think everything gets mixed reviews on CNet. So did my Netgear.
    I think routers in particular get mixed reviews because people that do not understand networking at all assume that the router is the problem when something doesn't work........

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    Quote Originally Posted by P T View Post
    MAC filtering is pointless and can be bypassed in 20 minutes.

    cheers, Paul
    I will be the first to admit I am way out of expert league on this stuff, but this doesn't seem logical. If I create a list that tells the router to only give access to hardware with a preassigned MAC address, that isn't secure? Sure, if you had a gazillion bucks worth of spy equipment in your mobile van maybe not, but it sure seems like that would be tough to get around.

    Could you expand on your point please?

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    because a packet sniffer can read the mac that is being used by the client that is connected and it is very easy to spoof that mac address on any other client the hacker may wish to connect to the network. WPA2 is all the protection you are likely to need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jefnl View Post
    The brands readily available here (Netherlands) are Apple, Linksys, Sitecom and Asus.

    Top of the line Linksys seems to be WRT610n dualband, but it got very mixed reviews on CNet compared to the Apple Aiport Extreme.

    The Apple may not be ideal for use in a PC environment, but the easy setup and adequate features are seductive.

    Any comments?

    Joel
    I actually own this wireless router and have mixed success with it. We have to recycle power several times per week to connect with our bluetooth compatible laptops. Connection seems relatively fast. Has a good hardware firewall. I just wish we did not have to reboot the router so often.
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    I just installed the Sitecom WL-585 wireless modem/router a few days ago to replace my ageing D Link modem and router. Installation was very easy (including WPA2 security) despite the isntructions not being very clear. I can take advantage of the built-in wireless N on my recent HP laptop and I connected all other devices (including Soundbridge and mobile phone) without any hassle. Signal is much stronger all around the house and download speeds have improved quite considerably. Only downsides are non 5 Ghz and no fast Ethernet ports although that's not a big issue for me.

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    I used a Netgear router for a long time but found, in my environment of a home/office, that the wireless reception was not as good as I expected. Buying a Draytek Vigor 2710n seems to have solved the reception situation. Since the beginning of May 2010 I have only re-booted this router twice. I'm impressed with it.
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