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I work for a small company of about 20 employees. Of those 20, 3-4 of us are at our main office on a daily basis, up to 10 of us at a time, everyone else is at customer sites or works from home. There is 1 desktop PC, and 1 filer server on our network, and 3 network printers.

Generally everyone is on the other than the admin who has a desktop with a wired connection. The laptops are a mix of N and G cards...

Currently we have a Linksys/Cisco WRV-210 and a D-link Switch for 2 of the 3 printers. The linksys router keeps crapping out on us and I have been asked to find a suitable replacement.

My goal is to get something fast, with dual band, and gigabit ethernet as well as a 4 port gigabit switch. I'm looking for reliability and speed, both on the wifi and on the physical network.

The budget for the router and switch would be $150-200, not a penny more.


Any recommendations?
Edited by identitycrisis - 11/1/11 at 1:52pm
     
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I have two of NetGear WNDR3700's, one at home and one at the office, and have been very happy with them.

Actually, I recommend any of the following:







I am not as familiar with the other models besides the 3700, but have read good things about them all. Also, the 3700 is DD-WRT compatible, should you want to go that route.

Just my 2c worth...hope it helps,

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post #3 of 8
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I was leaning towards the 3700, but several of the new laptops in the office have a 450mbps capable wireless card in it.

does anyone have any experience with the linksys/cisco E3200 or E4200?
     
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Why only residential grade equipment?
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How many wired port you'll need?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by beers View Post
Why only residential grade equipment?
Because, I bought a small office WRV210, and quite frankly, it has been a piece of crap, and a headache.

Its a very small office, basic routing is required, there is no VPN access or any outside serving or any of that. Pretty low tech actually, especially for the type of company we are.

Do you have any recommendations for business grade products?

I guess I don't personally see the benefit in a $300+ router. What benefits would I see by recommending something better than residential?

please don't take my response as rude. Id really like to know the benefits of a business class router.


denial_

I have 3 routers, and 1 Desktop, 1 Server, and 3 spare jacks to plug in.

Currently were wired as such:

Router:
1. Desktop
2. Server
3. Printer/Scanner/Copier
4. Feed to Switch

Switch:
1. Laser Printer
2. Color Laser Printer
3. Feed to 1 port.

the other 2 ports are unplugged. It hasn't proved to be an issue yet, but my bosses complain about backup speeds, hence where the gigabit lan will come in handy until they upgrade from 802.11G based wireless cards to N cards in the new laptops they purchased.
Edited by identitycrisis - 11/2/11 at 7:16am
     
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post #7 of 8

Grab the Netgear WNDR3700, very good router, Ive had mine for 1.5 years and never had to reset it yet. Or if your looking for 450mbs wireless get the WNDR4000 thats the new model to replace the wndr3700 and the reviews are just as good.

Infact the WNDR4000 is onsale at amazon for $137 shiped right now

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So ive spent some time searching, and small business routers seem far and few between, biggest name is cisco, but none of them seem to have stellar reviews.

Are there any other brands I should be considering?

I would try an Asus, but my RT-N16 was kind of a pain to stabilize, and has required me to use 3rd party firmware and a notebook cooler to keep running consistently.
     
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