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I am in the need of a new router for my apartment.
I have looked on newegg and couldn't really decide on what I wanted.
Here is what I am looking to connect to it.
I currently have bresnan online which is 9Mbps i believe.

Ethernet:
Computer

Wireless:
PS3 (Might switch it to Ethernet if I get a better connection that way)
Girlfriends laptop
Roommate laptop

The apartment itself is pretty small to be honest and only 1 floor so wireless range really shouldn't be exceeding 50 feet, and maybe 1 or 2 walls blocking the signal.

I stream a lot of HD movies from my laptop to the PS3 and watch em that way. So a router that is capable of streaming HD movies without hiccups would be very nice. Other than that I really just need something that is reliable and that I can game on with my main rig.

Any suggestions are welcome!
post #2 of 9
I'd personally recommend a decently priced Netgear router. Other brands are ok but netgear has been the only one that has given me the least amount of hassles. In fact I'm still using an 8+ year old netgear router that I snagged from my grandparents after the wireless radio died in it. Since I already had a WAP I still use it and it doesn't even skip a beat.
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Yeah I was thinking about going the netgear route, I just wanted some decent quality that will last. Also I am hooking up my printer online but I suppose any standard router now a days is capable of doing that without a problem.
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I'm getting a new router soon too and i got a lot of recommendation on the ASUS RT-N16.

It better to buy a good router that would last for years then a cheap one that would crap out in month.
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Originally Posted by shujinkogg View Post
I'm getting a new router soon too and i got a lot of recommendation on the ASUS RT-N16.

It better to buy a good router that would last for years then a cheap one that would crap out in month.
That router looks really nice and I am interested in it, I read some of the reviews and ALOT of them complain about the firmware. Think it would be worth to mess with it an install Tomato/DD-WRT on it? I really just need something reliable that would be able to handle a wireless connection 24/7 with no timeouts and disconnect.
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NetGear, D-Link and LinkSys are the names I know best in terms of routers. However, if you can get a router that'll run DD-WRT, you're golden.
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I just purchased a new router and here's a few things I can share with you so that you can make a decision you can be happy with:

I come from an all netgear product history (3 routers, 2 USB NIC's, 1 laptop PCMCIA, 1 internal card). Hands down....the easiest to set up and reliable. My recommendation to anyone who doesn't like too much control and would rather a more general purpose solution with less hassle. Perfect for novice users.

If you can set up a wireless net, assign a static IP, and port forward....give dd-wrt/tomato a shot. I just got into this router (Buffalo WhR-HP-G300N) for $39 with free shipping at Newegg....a steal!

I have to tell you, that I love it. It feels a bit overwhelming at first. But once you nail down the router you want, google "(your router model here) dd-wrt problems" or variants of that so you can see the problems people have. Most are user error, open source router firmwares have a great community and ton of support for most current models of routers in distribution.

Always check that your router is supported if you go DD-WRT/Tomato. I have now installed 2 buffalo routers (the other was a WHR-HP-G54 for my father in-law), both running DD-WRT and both running very smoothly.
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post #9 of 9
I recommend you take a look at pfsense or smoothwall and build your own router. You can build an enterprise level router with enterprise level security with Pentium 2 class hardware. Check it out if you got the extra old hardware lying around. I'm using a Pentium 3 866mhz system w/ 256mb of ram and it runs like a champ.

If your looking for a traditional router and wireless access point, people are going for the ASUS RT-N16. It has decent hardware, wireless N, dd-wrt support and a couple other features you might find useful and its not too expensive.
Edited by darksideleader - 12/29/10 at 7:33pm
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