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Poll Results: Will I gain anything by updateing old router?

 
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    Yes, a new router would be more secure and faster.
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    No, a new router would be a waste of money.
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post #1 of 18
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Okay, I have a very old Linksys NR041
http://reviews.cnet.com/routers/network-everywhere-cable-dsl/4505-3319_7-33109870.html

I have been wondering if I should look for a new model for maybe better performance or security? Would the money be well spent or a waste? If you think it should be replaced, do you recommend a anything?

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post #2 of 18
Depends on what you are doing. Browsing it would be fine, but any kind of media is bottlenecked by it. Definitely get a new one with Gigabit support. Hopefully your DSL/Cable modem are gigabit as well. What is your budget for a new one?
post #3 of 18
It really depends on what you do. Do you do any file sharing between PCs or devices both wired and wireless? Do you have over 100MB internet connection? Are you streaming any media over your router to other devices? Is the current range on your wireless adequate enough for you? Security wise, you really have nothing to worry about unless you're running websites and other services over the internet.
post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by absoluteloki89 View Post

Depends on what you are doing. Browsing it would be fine, but any kind of media is bottlenecked by it. Definitely get a new one with Gigabit support. Hopefully your DSL/Cable modem are gigabit as well. What is your budget for a new one?

Honestly, it is for house hold use. I mainly game, stream netflix, and the surf net. I take my online gaming relatively serious in the fact that I don't mind spending money to improve performance. I don't want to waste it either though. smile.gif
As far as budget, say maybe $200 or less.
I have DSL and using this modem that the provider gave me.
http://www.amazon.com/Actiontec-GT701D-Ethernet-Routing-Capabilities/dp/B001IYCUM8

I really have not read much about routers/ modems/ switches. I just have a very basic understanding how they work. redface.gif
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post #5 of 18
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It really depends on what you do. Do you do any file sharing between PCs or devices both wired and wireless? Do you have over 100MB internet connection? Are you streaming any media over your router to other devices? Is the current range on your wireless adequate enough for you? Security wise, you really have nothing to worry about unless you're running websites and other services over the internet.

I do some streaming across my network and occasional file sharing between computers. I have 4 computers hooked up, and they are all wired.
Thanks for the advice about security also.
     
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post #6 of 18
Looks like that is only a 10/100 modem. Since you have DSL you probably aren't getting great speeds anyway. What is your speed from your ISP?
post #7 of 18
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Looks like that is only a 10/100 modem. Since you have DSL you probably aren't getting great speeds anyway. What is your speed from your ISP?

I have the 1.5Mbps DSL package. I have not tested it in a while, but it seems to be steady most of the time.
I believe you are right about the speeds on the router.
     
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post #8 of 18
You wouldn't notice much of a difference unless you were streaming ungodly high res movies on your network. You could get a router with wireless router for devices to connect to. At 1.5 megabit speed you won't notice any internet performance help.
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by absoluteloki89 View Post

You wouldn't notice much of a difference unless you were streaming ungodly high res movies on your network. You could get a router with wireless router for devices to connect to. At 1.5 megabit speed you won't notice any internet performance help.

Okay, I appreciate you letting me know. I was just wondering if I was missing out on something better for performance. At this point of time, I'm not interested in wireless.

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post #10 of 18
The only real issue I see is connectivity between devices connected to the internal switch. If you have two devices talking to one another across the internal switch (the ports on this router), then the 100mbps speed will bottleneck you IF you have Gigabit NICs.

As for security, I am assuming this is a router only with no firewall image on it. If that is the case, AT LEAST run a firewall on your PCs.

It sounds like you are OK with what you have, and if spending any money is even a slight issue you are good (assuming you are running a PC firewall), but for under $100 you could be doing better.
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