best all around wireless setup

Hewlett-packard G71-340us notebook
April 20, 2010 at 13:55:37
Specs: XP, 2 GB
I just want a good stable wireless setup for my laptops for me and friends. Cost is a factor, keeping it simple, and affordable. What am I looking for? Something from Best Buy would work. Router? etc......


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April 20, 2010 at 14:06:53
Pssst HERE is the training material taught to Best Buy Geek Squad wizards. Save yourself big bucks and do it yourself.


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April 20, 2010 at 14:23:57
I like Netgear SoHo routers. They seem to have the cleanest WiFi and are easy to setup.

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April 20, 2010 at 14:31:58
Ok, thanks, good website on improving wireless, I need help from the ground up. The router? Linksy? the format N+? stuff like that so Best Buy doesn't talk me in to things I don't need........ :)

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April 20, 2010 at 15:50:00
Well what are you going to be doing with it. Is it just to route out Internet access or are you going to be doing Gaming Parties at your house. Are you going to run a small office where you need to share a printer and a file server? Need more.

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April 20, 2010 at 19:20:40
Ok, I've got high speed DSL, I will run my printer off it, my laptop, just internet, some downloads. When my friends visit, they can use their laptops instead of always going to Starbucks. That's it.......saw some xtreme N routers and some N+ ones for cheap, 350/mbs transfer, is that good enough?

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April 21, 2010 at 10:37:04
I've found a good website explanation at BH PHOTO .Wirless Roundup
that covers what I was looking for. It reviews the g/b, N, N+ differences/advantages, then discuss's the range/connection/speed issues and security & dual band. It gets complicated but I could pluck out the basics. From that I concluded I want N+ in the price range of $100 or less. I wouldn't need Dual-Band but it's not a bad thing to have either, it's above my budget.....


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April 21, 2010 at 15:19:29
I just want a good stable wireless setup

This is actually a contradiction in terms. Or is that an oxymoron!?!?

Wireless is a convenience and you pay for that convenience with loss of bandwidth as well as lag and latency issues. So "good stable" doesn't apply. If you want a "good stable" setup, you'll want to use a wired solution.

Having said that. I'd recommend not using any N equipment since N has not been standardized as of yet. Lack of standardization means there's no guarantee of interoperability between manufacturers.

A wireless G (54 Mbps) is plenty for what you want to do/provide. Get a decent SOHO Router that's wireless capable and remember to secure your wireless network. When a friend shows up and connects, they'll have to enter the encryption key, but once done the first time, they should keep that profile and be able to connect the next time they visit without needing to enter the password a second time.

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