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    Need replacement router advice

    I've had a SMC 7004BR for about 3 years and today it gave up the ghost.

    This is a home network. I am looking for a non-wireless version that can handle 4 inputs. If it has a printer server, that is ok but not required. The main requirements are protection, reliability, and ease of setup. Reasonable price (I'm generally cheap! <g>) is also a desire.

    My nomenclature/understanding may be messy but I basically want firewall protection, including NAT, since this is between my 3 networked computers and my cable modem.

    Re: wireless vs. non-wireless, the wireless is ok if I can absolutely shut it off since I have no current need for it. I have a MS wireless router that use to set between the SMC and modem but is now the only h/w protection in the system. Call me paranoid, but I do not want a wireless access point connected to my network w/o something between it and the rest of the network.

    I would be interested in others experiences, good and bad, with the various routers available today. I'm

    TIA.

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    Re: Need replacement router advice

    I have 3 networks in my house -

    1 - wireless router with 1 server and 3 laptops
    2- this server (wopr)
    3 - main network - router - 3 swtiches - 3 servers and a bunch of desktops.

    I use the linksys routers (wireless and non) The wireless router has an option to turn it off if you don't want to use it or an option to set a WEP key.
    Its also as secure as any home router gets and it does use NAT.

    I've have my router on my main network for 3+ years and NEVER Had a problem. It is a BEFSR41 Linksys 4 port switched router. The router on my 1st network is the BEFW11S4 4 port switched wireless router. I also never had a problem with it.

    The regular router (no wireless) is about $50 and the wireless one, depending on 802.11b or g ranges from $70 to $100

    I explained my setup and I have no problems with the network. Lemme know what you decide.

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    Re: Need replacement router advice

    I have had good prformace with the NetGear and Belkin lines for cat 5 only and wireless with cat 5 ports.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Need replacement router advice

    Dave, Mike,

    Thanks folks. Let me recap: my old SMC did well for 3 years; Mike has Linksys and is happy. Dave has NetGear and Belkin and is happy. Sounds like I can't go wrong buying any of these!!

    SMC has the updated (I think) version of my old SMC 7004 that just died; with rebate I can get it for just over $30. Sound like a reasonable choice to you guys.

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    Re: Need replacement router advice

    Go for it.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Need replacement router advice

    I have a Netgear FR114P, 4 port router/switch with a built in printer port for an always on printer. Good security, no problems clean setup very good price
    you can see it at:
    http://www.netgear.com/products/prod...asp?prodID=140

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    Re: Need replacement router advice

    For those who replied - thanks. Now for the confession!!!

    I ordered a new SMC 7004 VBR as mentioned earlier, but I just couldn't leave well enough alone so I got the screwdriver out and took apart the power supply to the router. I noticed some sparking on a couple of contacts on the router power supply (110v a/c=>5v d/c) circuit board when I plugged it in and out of the 110. So... I resoldered these and reassembled and guess what... my old SMC 7004BR is alive and well again!!

    Dumb me, why couldn't I have done this BEFORE I ordered the replacement. I've requested a cancellation at buy.com but based on past experience that is probably a waste of effort.

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    Re: Need replacement router advice

    That doesn't sound like a "confession" to me. It sounds more like a concerned "technician" doing good followup work! Good job. I've bought a lot of stuff from Buy.Com over the years and have managed to cancel an order a time or two. Never had occasion to check out their returns policy however.

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