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Well I plan on setting up a little home/private network. I have a hub but it don't like me, and others have suggested to just get a router. I was wondering if anyone could suggest a good router for me. Price please try to stay under $40, $50 max.
It'll have three computers connected to it. Is a router all I'll need? Thanks.

Also I use linux, so thats something to keep in mind. Just incase there are some that have issues.

EDIT///

I'm on a wired connection too.
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Well, one thing's for sure, DON'T get a WRT54G unless it's a v5 Firmware or lower.

The D-Link Routers are great!
    
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Well another question, should I get a router or a switch? I'm lost when it comes to networking.
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Routers are essentially a switch but they also have the ability to connect to a WAN (i.e. the Internet) you wouldn’t be able to do that with a switch, unless you setup a lot of software, so you're going to want a router. I have used Dlink, Linksys and Netgear for home models and Dlink has really impressed me and in my opinion they have a superior product in most cases. Now you say your using a wired connection so you could get either a wired or wireless router and just disable the Wireless Radio. Seeing as wireless routers are usually cheaper than their wired counterparts I would go recommend a wireless as you may want to use it later on as well. Now as for a good router for under $40 good luck, but in that area I would suggest the Dlink DI-624 but if you want just a cheap wired router than go for the Dlink EBR-2310.
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Routers are essentially a switch but they also have the ability to connect to a WAN (i.e. the Internet) you wouldn’t be able to do that with a switch, unless you setup a lot of software, so you're going to want a router. I have used Dlink, Linksys and Netgear for home models and Dlink has really impressed me and in my opinion they have a superior product in most cases. Now you say your using a wired connection so you could get either a wired or wireless router and just disable the Wireless Radio. Seeing as wireless routers are usually cheaper than their wired counterparts I would go recommend a wireless as you may want to use it later on as well. Now as for a good router for under $40 good luck, but in that area I would suggest the Dlink DI-624 but if you want just a cheap wired router than go for the Dlink EBR-2310.
Thanks, didn't know you could get a wireless router and still use it for wired connections.
So how much should I look to spend for a good router then?
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I have a WRT54GL (basically a WRT54Gv4) and I love it. Had it for a couple months and it has really good range.

I don't know about Dlink's routers or other cards, but the PCI adapter I bought from them was horrible. It dropped like mad, I replaced it with a USB Zonet and the zonet has never dropped a signal and always says "excellant" where the dlink said "very good" and then dropped.
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Thanks, didn't know you could get a wireless router and still use it for wired connections.
So how much should I look to spend for a good router then?
Well i tell you I've used 4 different linksys routers, 2 of then newer gen G models and 3 Dlink all newer and the one I chose for my network here is a Dlink GamersLounge. It has so many features even I dont customize them all. They have 2 models the Wireless DGL-4300 and Wired DGL-4100 they both offer gigabit network speeds which you will see a real difference in transfering large files over a 100Mbit normal router. This is the best router I has ever used aside from the dell that I use for my network at home.
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Cisco makes Linksys, Cisco = #1 business routers.

Maybe that means crap with Linksys routers, but they have to use some of the same tech.
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