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I need a suggestion for the best wired router, nothing againist wireless i just have no need for it. I currently have a Linksys Cable/Dsl router with 4-port switch. (model #: BEFSR41) i picked it up at Walmart for like 50 bucks. This may be a pretty good one compared, but i really don't know. This one
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Personally, I would just grab a WRT54G variant and turn off wireless. You could even remove the antennas if you wanted to. The reason I suggest that is that the WRT54G family of routers is supported by several 3rd party firmware projects which allow exponentially more flexibility and configuration than the stock Linksys firmware. (Names of those projects being DD-WRT, Open-WRT, and Tomato).
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Can you return the switch?

You can get a 5-port D-link 100Mb for $9AR shipped:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833127085
Or a 5 port D-link 1Gb switch for $25AR shipped (it was $15 last week): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833127083


If you want the BEST router, check my "Custom Router" thread. It will blow away any router you purchase for less than $1000.
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Personally, I would just grab a WRT54G variant and turn off wireless. You could even remove the antennas if you wanted to. The reason I suggest that is that the WRT54G family of routers is supported by several 3rd party firmware projects which allow exponentially more flexibility and configuration than the stock Linksys firmware. (Names of those projects being DD-WRT, Open-WRT, and Tomato).
Agree,and if the possibility ever does arrive that you need wireless for some reason,you don't need to invest in a new wireless router.
 
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Can you return the switch?

You can get a 5-port D-link 100Mb for $9AR shipped:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833127085
Or a 5 port D-link 1Gb switch for $25AR shipped (it was $15 last week): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833127083


If you want the BEST router, check my "Custom Router" thread. It will blow away any router you purchase for less than $1000.
no i can't return have had it for a while, just thought in terms of an upgrade. I'll take a look at those, and i don't have 1000 bucks to spend on a router.
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no i can't return have had it for a while, just thought in terms of an upgrade. I'll take a look at those, and i don't have 1000 bucks to spend on a router.
No... check my thread.... If you have a POS PC lying around, you can convert it into a router. Also, if you have a PC that is on 24/7, you can use some of the resource and run a router. Either way, the custom router or virtual router will be faster than any residential router you can buy ever.


For reference, a residential gateway or "router" has a 100-250MHz CPU, 8-32MB RAM, and 1-4MB Flash. An old Pentium 3 PC is at least 3 times as powerful.
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No... check my thread.... If you have a POS PC lying around, you can convert it into a router. Also, if you have a PC that is on 24/7, you can convert that into a router. Either way, the custom router or virtual router will be faster than any residential router you can buy ever.


For reference, a residential gateway or "router" has a 100-250MHz CPU, 8-32MB RAM, and 1-4MB Flash. An old Pentium 3 PC is at least 3 times as powerful.
I agree with this, plus a lot of freeware out there for custom firewalls and full customizable. Try going Dumpster Diving and get an older PC/Laptop.
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Wired only routers are pretty hard to find. I have a DIR-615 gigabit and wireless N router, and I'm totally satisfied. It's on sale for like 90$ where I live, you can probably find it cheaper wherever you live or on Newegg. Just turn off the wireless.
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No... check my thread.... If you have a POS PC lying around, you can convert it into a router. Also, if you have a PC that is on 24/7, you can use some of the resource and run a router. Either way, the custom router or virtual router will be faster than any residential router you can buy ever.


For reference, a residential gateway or "router" has a 100-250MHz CPU, 8-32MB RAM, and 1-4MB Flash. An old Pentium 3 PC is at least 3 times as powerful.
For reference, a dedicated firewall running an Pentium (ONE!) at 133Mhz and like 32MB RAM can sustain about 60mbps throughput.

EDIT: Felt the need to add this. The above is with a Cisco OS. That's about the hardware limit; you can go way below that with a poorly designed OS. You can also go higher with a dedicated processor (i.e. non-x86).
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I got 7 years out of my linksys BEFSR41 before it stoped working last week looking for a new one they go for between 45-60 USD
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