wireless router buying advice

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December 14, 2009 at 13:34:29
Specs: Windows 98 se, 1.495 GHz / 383 MB
I plan on buying a new laptop with windows 7 and would like to use a wireless router in my house. It will be just for the laptop. Any recomdations as I am confused by all that are available. I currently have AT&T dsl with their modem.

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#1
December 14, 2009 at 13:56:45
Any router will work. If you go to a store or shop online you will probably find three types of routers available: "A", "G", "N" or a combination of two or more. You're probably going to want a G or N router. Depending on your laptop, you may not get the full benefit of a N router (which is more expensive), but either G or N will work. As long as you stick with a well-known brand (DLink, Netgear, Linksys, etc) it won't matter much which you get.

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#2
December 14, 2009 at 14:12:17
I currently have AT&T dsl with their modem

If this modem is wireless you don't need a router if this is the only computer you will be using at home. Otherwise follow Ryan's advice above.

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#3
December 14, 2009 at 14:20:48
I have read about the different LAN types.I have been looking on Newegg. Is one of the major brands mentioned better than another?

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#4
December 14, 2009 at 14:22:31
Check with your ISP. Not all routers will work with all ISP-furnished modem.

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#5
December 14, 2009 at 14:31:46
XpUser, My modem is not wireless it is a Siemens speed stream 4100 that is why I need the router . Is there something that I can look for as far as compatibility?

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#6
December 14, 2009 at 14:54:40
Alright. If you want a really troublefree wireless home network, check with your ISP. Ask for a list of wireless routers they support and from that list make your pick.

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#7
December 14, 2009 at 15:11:19
Consider a device that has good firewall and other security features and learn how to enable them.

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#8
December 15, 2009 at 01:19:23
It works for me, try this one.
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#9
December 29, 2009 at 14:29:37
Slight change in plans. I ran across a nice used Dell Inspiron1000 laptop for a good price. It does not have wifi so I need to add a pcmcia card to make it wireless. This is the combo of card and router I am seriously considering. What is your opinion? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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#10
December 29, 2009 at 15:08:07
hey, i bought a new router today. when buying a router be careful what type you buy. ASDL or DSL. ASDL is a router and modem rolled into one, like the Netgear Rangemax. a DSL router is just a router and is compatible with DSL lines (virgin,BT etc). The router i bought today is the Netgear Wireless G router for £40 form Novatech.co.uk

Easy setup and withing 20 minutes or so i was up and surfing the internet. I would strongl advise a router like this or the equivalent of a Belkin. I would persoanlyy reccomednd this router as it has the abuility to eliminate dead spots as well, and with a added internal atena, adjust performance depending on interfereance due to the 2.4Ghz channel setting.

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#11
December 29, 2009 at 19:32:56
ASDL or DSL. ASDL is a router and modem rolled into one, like the Netgear Rangemax. a DSL router is just a router and is compatible with DSL lines (virgin,BT etc).

I think you are getting a bit confused there Gareth. ADSL stands for Asynchronous Digital subscriber Lines to differentiate it from SDSL which stands for Synchronous Digital Subscriber Line. DSL is just a collective name for both that does not differentiate between ADSL and SDSL.

The difference between ADSL and SDSL is that ADSL has a high downstream bandwidth and a lower upstream bandwidth. SDSL has the same bandwidth in both directions.

If you are using SDSL you will need a modem/router that can handle SDSL. Most modem/routers sold for the home markets are ADSL as SDSL is a lot more expensive and is usually only used by business.

A router without a Modem will work with ADSL, SDSL or cable even as the WAN input will just be an RJ45 Ethernet connection coming from the appropriate Modem. Its the Modem that does all the work. A router is little more than complicated junction box.

Stuart


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#12
December 30, 2009 at 08:21:09
I will be using the dsl modem that I already have. Stuart, did you check ouy the 2 items I plan to use and what do you think?

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#13
December 30, 2009 at 10:13:17
Almost any Wireless router will work. The WRT54GL should work fine as it has an RJ45 Ethernet socket that will take the RJ45 Ethernet from your Siemens Modem. It also has four network ports that you can connect wired computers to if you so wish.

You will have to read the instructions for the WRT54GL carefully in order to configure it correctly for wireless. The Linksys adapter should work fine with that router as well.

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Stuart


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#14
December 31, 2009 at 13:22:09
Thanks, I just ordered them.

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