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Need some suggestions on picking the right wireless router

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Hi All:

Been wanting to pick up a decent wireless router but not sure what would fit the situation well.

What I'm looking for is:
- So long as the router doesn't cut down the speed while wired (borrowed an old router and speed got cut in half when I plugged cable via it)
- Good range(maybe like 10, 15 meters?)
- my ISP has dl speed bottlenecked at 30mbps, so those high end ones probably aren't necessary
price < 100

Was shopping around online and found a somewhat cheap one:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1818655&Sku=L48-2793
which seems to be a top selection according to the reviews

but searching it via other sites, new egg for example:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=Pers&N=100020133&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&Depa=5&Category=41&Tid=20133&ste=1&sid=41&pmid=D88296C2-184B-4119-9806-2C74F522B687&fbid=1&trid=0&bosid=145&nvc=-1&di=33-320-115%2C33-320-091%2C33-704-136%2C33-124-190&Order=REVIEWS&PageSize=20
It's no where near the top frown.gif

So hope you guys can help giving some suggestions on how to choose the right router smile.gif
Thanks so much!
post #2 of 6
These routers look really good for features they offer at a decent price.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833555040
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704144CVF

Gigabit lan, dual-band, 600mbps, USB ports.

It's no way to judge a product just with buyer feedback.
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Originally Posted by darksideleader View Post

These routers look really good for features they offer at a decent price.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833555040
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704144CVF

Gigabit lan, dual-band, 600mbps, USB ports.

It's no way to judge a product just with buyer feedback.
The first one forget it. The second one looks OK.

The reason is that the second one accepts DD-WRT. If it does not accept DD-WRT (or a variation) it is not worth it.

Also make sure you can disable WPS.
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The first one forget it. The second one looks OK.

The reason is that the second one accepts DD-WRT. If it does not accept DD-WRT (or a variation) it is not worth it.

Also make sure you can disable WPS.

dd-wrt support is only relevant if the op wants to use it. It uses a Broadcom chip so dd-wrt/tomato might eventually get supported depending on community support. The TP-Link router is the better router though, which has twice amount of ram (128mb vs. 64mb)
Edited by darksideleader - 5/13/13 at 3:59am
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
thanks for the response guys
but I'm confused about the "dd-wrt" thing you mentioned, under what circumstances would I need that?
also, what specs should I be looking at when choosing routers? you mentioned ram, is that the only major attribute that I should pay attention to?
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dd-wrt is open source, community driven firmware that replaces the stock firmware. It opens up features you might find in commercial devices for residential routers, such as bridge mode and bandwidth monitoring, but the more expensive routers have should have stock firmware that can do that.

Just look at the specs for what you need
CPU+RAM, helps concurrent connections and router to handle more devices
100mbps ports vs. gigabit lan - straight forward
wireless speed, dual-band support
usb support for file/print server.
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