Solved Thinking about a wireless router for home use.

January 24, 2013 at 08:57:55
Specs: 6.0.1, 2.793 GHz / 1014 MB
I have been thinking about adding a wireless setup to the house connection. I have always used "linksys" setups before, however I haven't been as happy with the longevity. So I was looking for a suggestion from someone with experience with another brand.

For the question of setup I have
windows xp pro
windows 7
ios 5 and ios 6 devices.

:: mike


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#1
January 24, 2013 at 09:08:03
Everyone will have an opinion but I tend to like Soho, TP-Link and Belkin.

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#2
January 24, 2013 at 09:12:20
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Well, I've had better luck with Linksys than I have with D-Link myself. But that's not to say either one is better than the other. I haven't worked with enough other brands of to be able to say any of those are better than the two I've already mentioned.

I've been pretty happy with Linksys and am using one at home.

Having said that............here's a couple things to keep in mind when deciding on what to buy.

You're going to want to get a dual band (ie: 2.4 and 5.0 GHz) router that is b/g/n capable. I recommend dual band because more and more devices are 5.0 GHz and where possible, operating at that level will reduce interference from other WLAN's and wireless devices (like a cordless phone) in your immediate area.

It goes without saying you're going to want to do some shopping around and comparing in order to get the best price. If you already have a SOHO Router in your home you're going to want to remember to compare Access Point pricing and Router pricing as well. It's entirely possible you may find a SOHO Router with all the above that has 4 LAN ports as well that is less expensive than an AP.

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#3
January 24, 2013 at 09:26:57
The brand I trust the most for reliability and performance is NetGear. Linksys routers are regularly appearing on the help forums, with various problems.

Belkin are not particularly good either. The setup software on them can be a pain in my experience.


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#4
January 24, 2013 at 12:29:59
I should have clarified on the linksys. The ones that my places of work have used have been the bottom of the barrel, there may be better quality options through them. I appreciate the insight on the duel band, not something I had considered.

I will look at the options through SoHo,netGear,and Linksys. Appriciate the ideas.

:: mike


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#5
February 6, 2013 at 07:33:17
Thank you all for your suggestions.

:: mike


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