Originally Posted by DefecTalisman
I know this isn't a scout question, but I am in the market for a reasonably cheap router. I am not to concerned about the wirless aspect(if it works I will use our PPC's with wirless). I have 4 devices(Scout, old piece of shat, laptop and the xbox) all running off a 16 port hub :s I would like to run a cat5 cable from the router to the hub.
Anyone got any sugestions ?
I use a Linksys (Wireless-G) Router
. Bought it about 3 years ago, and still works like the day I got it. Low cost router with wireless capabilities; $55.
I know you said you are not concerned with the wireless aspect, but for future proofing, you might want to invest in a Wirless-N capable router.
Top brand names (most commonly used in a home network) are Linksys, Netgear, and D-Link. From reading posts in the Networking section of OCN, D-Link seems to be the router of choice for most. DIR-655
seems to have pretty good reviews on most sites, from what I've seen. ($95)
Again, I know you said Wireless isn't a concern, but wired connections need very little (if any) configuration, so not much to gauge. So, for shopping routers, make sure the Router Security
. Stick with the brand name. And (again for future proofing) in case you ever do want to go wireless on some devices, check prices on PCI Adapters.
I mention PCI adapters because, generally, you want to match brand names between Router & Adapter (NIC), i.e. Linksys with Linksys, Netgear with Netgear, D-Link with D-Link, etc.
Lastly, for shopping tip, narrow down your choices based on your budget, brand, security, and check for reviews.
Any router will work with a Hub or Switch.Edited by clee413 - 4/21/10 at 11:05am