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    Choosing a router

    I currently have a Win 2000 peer to peer connected to a Win 95 using a crossover cable

    I connect to the internet using a plain modem.

    I expect to add a notebook that would, I guess, have a wireless NIC.

    I have concluded the best alternative is to:

    1. Eliminate the connection between the Win 2000 and Win 95 system that uses crossover cable.

    2. Add a wireless router that also can serve as an AP, to which I would connect the Win 2000 and Win 95 systems with CAT 5.

    3. Add the notebook, with a wireless adapter.

    The problem I am having is choosing a router. Candidates include:


    Linksys WRT54GS

    Linksys WRT54G

    D-Link DI-624

    Any router recommendations?

    I have noticed two factors that concerm me:

    1. I have noticed a number of comments about how pooris the Linksys tech support, which is allegedly exacerbated by the Linksys outsourcing of tech support to organizations in other countries, making it more difficult to have effective communications in English.

    Which of the companies making routers have better support?

    2. I found Linksysinfo.org, which, at first made me happy, but not for long.

    I am distressed to find that many folkes appear to use/prefer the firmware written by 3rd parties instead of the official Linksys firmware. Of course, this implications for support under the warranty (Linksys warranty is only 3 years.

    Is this a common practice with routers from other manufacturers?

    Which router manufacturers provide good enough firmware so folkes are not tempted to stray?

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    Re: Choosing a router

    I think you're simply being to nit-picky about this Howard. With the price of the WAPs / WiFi Routers these days, they're all basically the same.

    I myself use Linksys devices at home, and my employer uses Linksys devices in the office. My father uses a Netgear device, and my neighbour uses a D-Link box.

    Personally, I've not had a problem with the Linksys devices.
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    Re: Choosing a router

    My vote? None of the above. I would definitely look for a model which included a print server. I note that SMC and Netgear currently offer 802.11g routers with print servers. D-Link has an 11b model. Linksys has stepped out of the included print server arena.

    I have used both D-Link and Linksys (wired) routers and Linksys 11b WAPs with no problems. I do not care about tech support. I have found that there are sharper people out here in the Lounge and other forums than the weenies at manufacture's help desks who just go down a prepared checklist anyway.

    I have set up a few SOHOs with the wired D-Link DI704P and it truely was a piece of cake to set up. When used with a multifunction HP, all users were able to print, scan to PC, and fax as well. Sweet! I suspect a wireless version would be as well.

    I am convinced that if you don't have a print server, an included one is well worth it. It only adds a small increase in price (compared to a stand alone print server) but the convenience is well worth it. All devices on your network can print, and here are the three main reasons and justifications for me; (1) Security - I don't have to open file and print sharing any of my systems, (2) The printer is not tethered to a PC so I don't have to ensure that PC is up and running, and (3) The printer can be in a central location in the house/office.

    Something to ponder...

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    Re: Choosing a router

    I want a model that includes 802.11g.

    I've thought about the print server issue, not sure what I want to do.

    The Win 95 system is powered down except for special events, such as when I do a WordBasic conversion for a client.
    I do expect to add another desktop next year. At that time a print server would be useful.

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    Re: Choosing a router

    Well, if they are all about the same hardware-wise, then I'd opt for punishing companies with crap support by not buying their products.

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    Re: Choosing a router

    Bill

    To me a print server on a router would only be of any use if
    a) it was plural
    [img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] they worked off USB, not parallel ports

    Do you know of any which satisfy these criteria?

    (The other requirements are wireless firewall router supporting 802.11g, of course!) But not even this Netgear box seems to have a print server therein - you have to buy one of these.

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    Re: Choosing a router

    John - not sure of your full criteria. Does it have to be wireless? This router from D-Link has USB print server support : http://www.d-link.com/products/?pid=272

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    Re: Choosing a router

    Bill

    No, sadly it has to be wireless, for I cannot endure the shame of laying Cat-5 cable all the way out of the downstairs computer room, round the hall, up the stairs, and into the upstairs computer room...

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    Re: Choosing a router

    One of these would solve that problem <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Choosing a router

    I sure missed where you said wireless earlier - there's this one


    http://www.smc.com/index.cfm?sec=Products&...prod=318&site=c
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    Re: Choosing a router

    John

    As far as I can tell, it doesn't appear to be wireless...!

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    Re: Choosing a router

    True <img src=/S/stupidme.gif border=0 alt=stupidme width=30 height=30> . This baby should fit your needs.
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    Re: Choosing a router

    He said wireless "Router", not Drill!!!
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    Re: Choosing a router

    Bill

    Your picture is of a router (pronounced "ROW-ter") not a router (pronounced "ROO-ter")!

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    Re: Choosing a router

    <img src=/S/stupidme.gif border=0 alt=stupidme width=30 height=30> <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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