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Hey guys. I've decided to go wireless since I have 4 pc's and an XBOX on 2 levels of the house. I have a DSL connection with downloads around 2100 Kbps and uploads around 550 Kbps. Three of the pc's are within 30 feet of each other with 1 wall in between. The 4th pc is upstairs in the same room as the XBOX. My home is about 1600 square and is pretty equally spit in space between the upstairs and downstairs.

My questions are which wireless router to get and with adapters to go with it. Post your suggestions here. Thanks.
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I use one of these: Linksys WRT54GS

I intend on pairing it up with one of these for my secondary rig. Wireless-G PCI Adapter with SpeedBooster

The router is great (no built in modem tho, I have cable) It uses a linux based web admin which can be upgraded further to give full bandwidth management functions. not done it yet but there is a thread recently in which on of the members did just that.

Not sure of the adapters but the reviews seem to think they are good.

Sorry cant help any more than that, im not a network guru
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I use one of these: Linksys WRT54GS

I intend on pairing it up with one of these for my secondary rig. Wireless-G PCI Adapter with SpeedBooster

The router is great (no built in modem tho, I have cable) It uses a linux based web admin which can be upgraded further to give full bandwidth management functions. not done it yet but there is a thread recently in which on of the members did just that.

Not sure of the adapters but the reviews seem to think they are good.

Sorry cant help any more than that, im not a network guru
Thanks. The router got pretty got reviews but those adapters are really getting ripped on NewEgg.

Anyone have any ideas?
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I vote for a Linksys WRT54G as well. There are several versions available, mainly WRT54G, WRT54GS and WRT54GL, and most can be flashed with 3rd party firmware to allow you to unlock the potential of the router: increased efficiency, better connection handling, stronger signal strength, etc.

Here's a little rundown

WRT54G - Started it all. All sorts of new and expanded options and features when flashed with 3rd party firmware. Versions 5 and above only accept DD-WRT micro firmware so not as much room for router improvement with those models.

WRT54GL - Newer WRT models were switched to VxWorks and 3rd party options were basically dead or severely limited. So Linksys released this model, based on Linux again, so that fans of 3rd party firmware had an alternative.

WRT54GS - Basically the same as WRT54G, now, but with SpeedBooster, though it used to have twice the RAM and flash of the WRT54G. Versions 5 and above only accept DD-WRT micro firmware.

You can browse around http://www.wrtrouters.com for more information

As for wireless adapters. I don't use them so someone else can recommend what they use.
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DD-WRT firmware is awsome, my wireless is as fast as my wired now
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My WRT54G has been flashed with DD-WRT for a while now as well.

I recommend people interested in this visit www.wrtrouters.com for information on compatibility, etc. and the DD-WRT site and wiki, www.dd-wrt.com, for actual information on installation, configuring, etc.

I don't see the point in linking to 3rd party sites when you can get everything you need from the official site.
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The WRT54 is good, but I have had better luck with D-link and even the generic Airlink routers (much more stable). Linksys adapters (the PCI and USB ones) are superb.
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I am not an über networking guru myself, but I do know a little about it.
First, if you are going wireless with that many machines, or that wide, you're probably going to need a repeater. I think you can do that with 2 network cards in one computer.

The router link earlier posted is very good too, so I'd recommend that.
For wireless cards, be sure to get one of the same producent. I had alot of cards that didn't work with my ASUS router, and do NOT get Asus routers.

I had to get a wireless stick to get it to work, I have some Linksys thingy with Wi-Fi finder. It's decent, and for gaming, it doesn't drop alot.
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