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    Routers

    Any advice on a good wireless router for a home network? I've received an offer form ZoneAlarm for one of their Z100Gs for $130. They don't say who makes it but I presume it's their own label on one of the established router manufacturers. The blurb says, "The ZoneAlarm

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    Re: Routers

    Andrew,
    Do you NEED a router? I'm not trying to be smart here but is a router on your must have list? A wireless one to boot?
    I wonder if $130.00 is a little steep but then again I haven't been shopping for one lately either. have you done any price comparisons?

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    Re: Routers

    I need a router, because I'm adding a second computer. Plus I WANT a wireless router, so I can use my new laptop anywhere around my house or backyard.

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    Re: Routers

    I would suggest that ZoneAlarm are trading on their software name to sell routers (US only, BTW!) at a premium price.

    There are endless wireless routers (check if you have cable or ADSL) available from many manufacturers at cheaper prices (half? two-thirds?), and reviews galore all over the internet. I would check on the highest level of security your laptop supports, then on what the router offers, in increasing order of 'strength' being WEP, WPA, and WPA2.

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    The "box" looks familiar, but I won't speculate as to the manufacturer. I just wanted to confirm that you can find lots of reputable routers for less than $100. I happen to prefer Linksys, but I'm not yet wireless, so I can't compare their models to ZA's product.

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    Check with your ISP. My Verizon DSL account came with a combination modem/router that is part of my monthly fee (no extra charges for the built-in router). The router is for both wired and wireless. Just a phone call could save you some <img src=/S/money.gif border=0 alt=money width=17 height=15>.

    I agree with John. ZA is trading on their software reputation. Routers need not be expensive extras.
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    Im like Big Al and prefer Linksys. I use the WRT45G.
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    You must be some special because my email say $149.95!
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    I agree with the other responses. There are lots of excellent inexpensive routers on the market (I'm using the Linksys WRT54G). The ZA router package is a combination of hardware AND software and after the first year, you'll have to renew the software subscription. If you are already using a software firewall of some sort (you ARE using a firewall I hope <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> ), then the extra expense for the additional ZA software isn't necessary.
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    Dave,
    I guess we are on the B list. I just got the same thing in my morning emails. $149.95 <img src=/S/groan.gif border=0 alt=groan width=16 height=15> <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: Routers

    More of the same from here.
    I use and have been very happy with the Linksys wireless G router (WRT54G). This unit and similar ones can be purchase at about 1/3 the price of the ZA unit. Unless you have some uncommon need for security I would look elsewhere. My feeling about range is that I want a strong signal where I need it and zero outside that range, which of course, you cannot have, but I would not want my wireless broadcasting a kM from my home. Hummmh ? Maybe if you do broadcast your information that far into the world a first tier security blanket is not a bad thing, so perhaps the ZA unit is a well balanced design.
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    I guess so!
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    Well, it does seem that the Linksys WRT54G is a popular one with this group, so you might give it a Google to see what the best price is. I'm curious about why I haven't received any email from ZA about this offer. Might it be because I use the free version and you guys are Pro customers? I don't see any opt-out screens in the free version where I may have asked them NOT to send me any emails.

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    Nah, I use the freebie version and still got the offer. BUT at the B list price! <img src=/S/cool.gif border=0 alt=cool width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Routers

    I think the significant price difference between this device and cheaper routers is the Checkpoint firewall.

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