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So a friend of mine has asked me to help him out with finding a wireless router

He currently is using a D-Link DSL-2500U ADSL modem, which runs through a 10/100Mbps switch and to an OLD SMC wireless router (which when we found it, I had to update the firmware to support WEP encryption, lol)
So far this set-up has worked as all the PC's have been in one room and wired to the switch and the few wireless things to the SMC router

Anyway, so he is getting an extra person to stay in his flat/house thing, and they taking over what was the Office/PC room and he now wants to go fully wireless

So there going to be 3 PC's, a PS3, a Laptop and one of two hand-held devices connected to the network most of the time

So, I'm looking for help in finding a wireless router, preferably it would need:
Wireless N connectivity (that goes without saying)
decent transfer speeds (as large files will be transferred now and again)
Stable wireless connection (don't need it dropping in the middle on a online game or something, plus it's annoying even when just browsing the net and it drops)
Decent QoS and bandwidth controls (I know he wants to limit the bandwidth to the other 2 guys staying there, so he gets the most out of the line, seeing he pays for it)

Optional:
Dual Band (2.4GHz and 5GHz, they will probably only mainly use 2.4GHz in the beginning though)
Guest network (would be uselfull when randoms want to use the wireless connection)
Gigabit Lan (Probably wont be used often, but would come in handy)
NAS/printer sharing (printer sharing would be very usefull, NAS capabilities with bittorrent client would be a plus)
DD-WRT capable (would be a nice option if he feels the original firmware is lacking)
Built in ADSL modem (although I'm yet to see a decent router include one)

As for the ADSL modem, I doubt there are any decent wireless router with them built in, could you also recommend one, unless the current one he has is good enough

there is a budget for about $200

So far what's caught my eye is the:
Netgear WNDR3700
Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH
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post #2 of 8
Dlink DIR655. Give it a look.
Or even Linksys E2000, I believe that's the number.
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Keep the modem seperate....
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With the separate modem, is the one I mentioned ok?
Also, should the modem 'dial' the connection, or does the router have a PPPOE ability and leave the modem as a bridge? (hope I'm making sense here)
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When it comes down to DSL modems etc, I know nothing. I just know about wireless components. Hopefully someone can chime in for you.
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With the separate modem, is the one I mentioned ok?
Also, should the modem 'dial' the connection, or does the router have a PPPOE ability and leave the modem as a bridge? (hope I'm making sense here)
The modem just creates the connection and translates the incoming singal. The router takes the signal and.... routes it.
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You'll be able to create PPPoE connection via router.


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Keep the modem seperate....
Didn't ever encounter any problem using combo, can you say why keep them separate?
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Dlink DIR655. Give it a look.
Or even Linksys E2000, I believe that's the number.
The D-link Router looks pretty awesome, shot

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The modem just creates the connection and translates the incoming signal. The router takes the signal and.... routes it.
So, you saying that any old modem will do? I guess the current modem has been chugging along for 2 or so years, when the connection drops, it's hard to tell if it's the ISP, Telkom or just the router, it's probably the 1st two more often than not

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You'll be able to create PPPoE connection via router.
Awesome, probably be better for the wireless router to manage the PPPoE connection
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