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Whats a good wireless router for gaming? For example I used a linksys (not sure exactly what model will find it later) for some time and my brothers always complained about a restricted NAT while on xbox which wouldnt let them play certain games like call of duty 4 for example. But when we got a buffalo router the NAT changed to open and they were able to play call of duty 4. But i believe ever since the router fell off our table and the antenna fell off its been affecting our performance. I keep getting (and so do my brothers on xbox) lag spikes each day. Not really at a set time, just on and off. I'm contributing this problem to the router not functioning correctly. So can anyone recommend a good gaming router that will benefit me and my brothers.
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I have heard the same deal about Linksys. I have used a Trendnet which in my opinion is a great router (Not sure of model number). SpeedStream is also great where you can change the NAT settings instead of them being locked on a Linksys.

Hope this helped!

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Anyone else have any input?
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Get a linksys and flash it with that linux thing and you will have a great router from what I understand. Dont know too much about it but do some searches around here and you can find out.

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hmmm...what do you mean by flash it with linux?
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hmmm...what do you mean by flash it with linux?
http://lifehacker.com/software/route...ter-178132.php
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well if I weren't to "modify" my router, what manufacturer would you suggest? I was told d-link and netgear were good.
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Linksys WRT54GL is able to be loaded with Linux, and is what was used in the above link.
I am eventually going to do it to mine.
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well if I weren't to "modify" my router, what manufacturer would you suggest? I was told d-link and netgear were good.
I have a d-link, its a solid router.

I did sell off my old linksys router a few years ago though, only to find out that mod existed a few weeks later. I was kinda miffed for a while.
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So, for a straight up "Gaming Router", you have a few options. I am guessing you are using 802.11-G right now, so I will lay out the G options aswell (though I highly recommend just forking up the extra for the N now and updating your adapters later).

P.S. All prices are in Canadian funds, quoted from http://www.ncix.com.


D-Link
802.11-G - DGL-4300 (~$124.99)

802.11-N - DGL-4500 (~$199.99)


Linksys
802.11-G - WRV200 (~72.59)

802.11-N - WRT330N (~$163.38)


Netgear
802.11-G - WPN824 (~$85.98)

802.11-N - WNR854T (~$127.99)



That should give you a bit of a head start when checking out reviews and such. The only ones here that are "Gaming" routers are the D-Links and the Linksys WRT330N, but don't be discouraged by marketing. The ones I would recommend most are the DGL-4500 and the WRT330N respectively. Don't be afraid to check out other models and read reviews, and if you want to check outside of the mainstream, check out some routers by Asus, Belkin, SMC, SonicWall, and TrendNet.

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