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post #11 of 40
Yes, that should be enough for home use.
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Also internal vs external antenna?

I have a router without an antenna, meaning that the router has an antenna already integrated inside. Even though the antenna is integrated inside, I still get perfect 5 bar internet on my laptop from across the room or from outside.
Edited by Captain1337 - 5/4/11 at 5:55pm
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I would recommended a more popular router over the not so popular ones. For example I would grab a Linksys E1000-3000 instead of something like a WRT110. My point for this is that firmware updates come out a lot more often for popular routers.

To be specific:

For simple home wireless: E1200 or E1500 (no real difference (speed boost is just marketing)
For Apartment Wireless (or crowded area): E2500 (the 5Ghz frequency will get less trafic/noise)
For Server/gigabit connections: E3200 or up


All specs found here: http://home.cisco.com/en-us/wireless...E-Series-Specs
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post #13 of 40
The newest E series routers look much better than the previous. Still though, I was recommended Netgear over Linksys even though the new E series was out and Netgear had its WNDR3700 non-basic editions (one that's a gateway which is a modem router but had a dsl modem and the premium edition. The WNDR4000 is impressive too). Long live netgear.
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post #14 of 40
Yeah I agree, their E series models are awesome with a lot of features.
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post #15 of 40
Just like salvation pointed out, firmware is also important.

Take a look at this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...4414&Tpk=E2500
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post #16 of 40
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So most of you like Linksys and E series over WRT. Single band vs dual band differences?
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post #17 of 40
Dual band is stronger than single band. First, you only want a dual band router if your have a network with devices that are using both 5 gHz and 2.4 gHz bands. A operates on the 5 gHz frequency, and B/G works on the 2.4 gHz frequency. So unless you have devices that work on the A frequency, then there is no point in investing in a dual band router. Besides, most wireless N routers support dual band devices.

I would only recommend a wireless A network if your in a 2.4 gHz heavy area. I mean, an area or location which has a lot of devices that operate on the 2.4 gHz band, like wireless phones or other networks.

My advice to you is to go with a single band N router or a G router. G is a little weaker than N but either one would suit you. The only difference is that N sends out longer waves, therefore at a longer distance.
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Originally Posted by lilraver018 View Post
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833156249

bought this one and it works perfectly fine for me i get 60-80Mbytes per second transfer speed across the network
I second anything made by TRENDnet. Based in Torrance, CA and built in the USA. Excellent customer service should you need it and their products are fantastic.
    
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post #19 of 40
You need a decent firewall, Gigabit Ethernet ports - you use cable between PC/laptop/PS3 and router for highest safety; wireless is for stuff that you could yell in the street.
Linksys E series has good reviews.
Specs: http://homestore.cisco.com/en-us/pro...6VVviewcat.htm
If you want to use it as a server (with a USB flash stick), pick a higher model.
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post #20 of 40
I recently upgraded my WNDR3300 to the WNDR3700 and I can honestly say it's one of the best routers I have ever used.

I also now use my WNDR3300 as a repeater until I can get another 3700
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