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Ok guys here is my set up currently i have one machine running behind a software firewall but i will be adding another machine "ubuntu box" downstairs right below my room in the basement.

I know some good companies are Linksis,D-Link,Netgear so i want to stay within the name brands.

So under this network i will be having a Win XP and an Ubuntu machine so compatability is a must. The router should have WPA 1,2 preferably 2 encryption, because of the recent cracking of WEP encryption.

I'm not looking to spend more than $100 but that's pushing it the sweet spot would be $50.

Also the greatest question do i need wireless N. What's the diffrence between draft/pre-N?

The wi-fi doesn't have to travel that far but i know i will get a faster connection.

So what are my options


Any help would be much apreciated.


Even if it might not work with linux give it a shot PLEASE!
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linksys wireless routers are awesome, and they are even better after you get the Gain antennas for them.

take a shot at that in different places.

they arent too pricy..
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I've been very happy with my Belkin N1 gear. It's expensive but good. I have noticed that sound will stutter with the Belking N1 USB adaptor (Google reveals that others have this issue too) but other than that, signal quality and speed are good. Plus it's got a lifetime warranty unlike any other brand.

Additionally, I have a D-Link DI-524 G router and high gain antenna that I'm not using anymore. It works pretty good but doesn't have the same signal strengh as the Belkin N1. PM me if you're interested and maybe we can work out a deal on it.
     
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i stay away from netgear and belkin...

linksys and d-link make some pretty good kit...

my current router (p4 1.8/512/40gb/4x100nics) replaced my di-524 that still works... just needed more power...
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The linksys WRT54G is a great router, and you can also get alternate firmware such as DD-WRT. They include both WEP and WPA 64 or 128-bit encryption strength. They are also made by Cisco Systems who is one of the largest networking companies in the world and they make killer equipment. Here is a good price page. http://www.google.com/products?q=lin...oogle&ct=title

I would personally stay away from wireless N for the moment until the bugs get worked out of it.
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The linksys WRT54G is a great router, and you can also get alternate firmware such as DD-WRT. They include both WEP and WPA 64 or 128-bit encryption strength. They are also made by Cisco Systems who is one of the largest networking companies in the world and they make killer equipment. Here is a good price page. http://www.google.com/products?q=lin...oogle&ct=title

I would personally stay away from wireless N for the moment until the bugs get worked out of it.
Agree 100% . . you say it doesn't have to travel far but I say still say flash the firmware, bump up the transmission power lil and get ome hgh gain antennas. . that router if 50 at best buy (not the speed boost one as that will only work if you have the speed boost card anyway). Remember a very fast cable connection is only 20 mbs . . . say you only get 40 a distance from the router. . .still double the internet connection. Unless you transfer a huge amount of files frequently o stream HD then pre/draft N isnt worth it right now. . . plus there is the offset chance they will change the standard when the finalize the details. Best bang for your buck is the Linksys WRT54G . .

 
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Agree 100% . . you say it doesn't have to travel far but I say still say flash the firmware, bump up the transmission power lil and get ome hgh gain antennas. . that router if 50 at best buy (not the speed boost one as that will only work if you have the speed boost card anyway). Remember a very fast cable connection is only 20 mbs . . . say you only get 40 a distance from the router. . .still double the internet connection. Unless you transfer a huge amount of files frequently o stream HD then pre/draft N isnt worth it right now. . . plus there is the offset chance they will change the standard when the finalize the details. Best bang for your buck is the Linksys WRT54G . .



God i'm to lazy to ticker with all that stuff. I didn't mention this is my first network i've ever created because i've only had one pc in my house.
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lol . . all that took me maybe 10 min incl. reading the instructions. . . either way . .im impartial to all the brands (have owned linksys and netgear routers and had experience with d-link) . . I like linksys' interace the most and i think its ore user friendly. thought netgears a close second
 
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Today i was in best buy checking out the prices.

I've settled on the LINKSYS WRT54GL As i understood the WRT54G comes in two models
the WRT54GL "L" stands for linux or WRT54G no linux so i guess i will have to use the L version. I also think it's compatable with windows i assume.

So i went to best buy and i was looking at the wireless antenna WI-FI cards and they are $65 THATS INSANE.

here it is on amazon

amazon link

God best buy realy rips you off

50% 50% THATS a huge savings
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