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My girlfriend is currently in an apartment with 3 other roommates-- one of which owns the router they're using. It's some kind of cheapo Netgear that's so slow. Since they're moving out, the gf needs a new router. She has a hard budget of $75, but if there's anything better than the one I found for ~$20 more, I'll chip in the difference.

I found this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122334
So far, it looks decent.

Any suggestions would be very helpful!
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I picked this one up at best buy for $30 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833314062&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTa


Or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833314058
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the reception is short on that first belkin you posted i have the n600 from that line, just barely reaches out my front door.
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Linksys WRT54GL

I swear by the Linksys WRT54G. I own a bunch of them. You can install open source DD-WRT firmware onto them, which enables a boatload of cool features that aren't even found in some more expensive routers. Even if you don't though, it's a solid router for just $50. Cheaper than the one you linked to in your post, and they have an amazing track record. I'm sure anyone here would tell you it's a great router.

Edit: though now I see that the Netgear you selected is DD-WRT compatible as well, so that's awesome! It also has Gigabit ports, so if your computers have gigabit cards then obviously it does make sense to spend the extra $15 or so.
Edited by Redmist - 5/8/12 at 5:11pm
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post #5 of 9
i hear you can build one thats really fast
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Linksys WRT54GL
I swear by the Linksys WRT54G. I own a bunch of them. You can install open source DD-WRT firmware onto them, which enables a boatload of cool features that aren't even found in some more expensive routers. Even if you don't though, it's a solid router for just $50. Cheaper than the one you linked to in your post, and they have an amazing track record. I'm sure anyone here would tell you it's a great router.
Edit: though now I see that the Netgear you selected is DD-WRT compatible as well, so that's awesome! It also has Gigabit ports, so if your computers have gigabit cards then obviously it does make sense to spend the extra $15 or so.


I used to own one of these and it was awesome and lasted forever. The only thing I don't like about it is that it has no wireless n. I'd like to have that specification for the new router.

I also found these two:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127215
And
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122326

I like the D-Link one. Is it any good?

Edit: This one is on sale for 99.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124457
Edited by jpl7977 - 5/8/12 at 6:14pm
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Performance/$$ I would get this: TP-LinkTL-WR1043ND . At $53, you get a lot for your $$ - QSS, replaceable antennas, gigabit ports, DD-wrt compatable. Had I not cheaped out on my TrendnetTEW-731BR on sale for $25, I would've purchased the TP-Link. Having said that, I have been quite happy with the Trendnet unit - actually getting my advertised speeds from my ISP and the range is quite good (getting 3/5 bars on my wi-fi bluray player in the bedroom which is 3 rooms away from the router.)
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I really like that TP-Link one. I would've completely glossed it over if you didn't bring it up. I think we'll go with that one. Thanks for the help!
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If your still looknig for a Router

the Netgear WNR3500L has support for Tomato, DD-WRT, and OpenWRT via myopenrouter.com It's a great Router comparable to the ASUS RT-N16 and is very popular to the modding community.

For the WRT54G if your connection isn't greater than 20 megabits then you should be fine.

As for the TP-Link it's a good budget Router supports Wireless N and also has capability for Gargoyle and DD-WRT.


I have the Netgear WNDR3700 myself and it's a great Router for heavy power users. Can support up to a 400 megabit connection without hiccups, and also features Dual Band so you have 2.4GHZ Wireless and 5GHZ if your clients support it.
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