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post #1 of 14
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1 - Buffalo WCR-GN Compact Small 802.11n Wireless-N Router
2 - Buffalo WHR-G300N 802.11n Nfiniti WIFI Wireless Router
3 - Buffalo WHR-HP-GN 802.11n Wireless-N VPN Server Router
4 - Linksys WRT54GL Wireless-G Router v24SP1 DD-WRT Loaded
5 - Linksys WRT54GL Wireless-G Router w/ Tomato 1.25 Loaded
6 - Buffalo WHR-HP-G300N High Power Wireless-N VPN Router



basically what I need is something that can keep me connected without losing packages across some distance and through some walls, so I want the one that does this better, or more than enought, if it's the case

I have absolutely no idea how to tell the difference between them when it comes to range and signal strenght through walls
post #2 of 14
I have the WRT54GL w/ Tomato firmware and it does great for me. I flashed it with the firmware myself, it's super easy. I get full bars going through 3-4 walls at about 30-35ft. With the Tomato software you can boost the transmission power in order to boost the signal if you don't get full bars.. we wary that signal strength also depends on the NIC card you have.

I don't have any experience with the others, so I can't tell you if they are better or not. The reason I picked the GL is because I don't need N-speed because I don't do computer-computer file transfers.
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4/5 linksys routers in my opinion are the best routers in the world, signal strength, and sheer power is unmatched on any other brand
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Thanks guys

But what are the numbers in their specifications I shoud look at to compare signal strenght?
Or that's too relative too firmware, settings, anthenas and other ahrdware?

The buffalo #3 seems to be a good choice too, whereas #6 seems to be too much
I do make some file trnasfers between my laptop and desktop, but I usually do it through cable and I don't mind it
so what do you think, the linksys still a good choice?
post #5 of 14
id do a linksys with dd-wrt, you can set the output to around 40-50mw, or upto 70-80mw if you add heatsinks to it
post #6 of 14
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I found the Buffalo WHR-HP-G300N High Power Wireless-N VPN Router for the same price as the linksys.. so... which one now?


what kind of sinks are those? like ram sinks or something bigger?
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I found the Buffalo WHR-HP-G300N High Power Wireless-N VPN Router for the same price as the linksys.. so... which one now?


what kind of sinks are those? like ram sinks or something bigger?
You won't need heatsinks. The only reason you would is if you OCed the processor. If you do want some extra cooling I would put a fan on the top to force some airflow.

Like I said before I have no exp with the others brands, but I love my Linksys. To boost the signal strength, if necessary, raise it from the default to 70-80mw like Ffejrxx said, anything above 84mw and the signal actually gets distorted.
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You won't need heatsinks. The only reason you would is if you OCed the processor. If you do want some extra cooling I would put a fan on the top to force some airflow.

Like I said before I have no exp with the others brands, but I love my Linksys. To boost the signal strength, if necessary, raise it from the default to 70-80mw like Ffejrxx said, anything above 84mw and the signal actually gets distorted.

What would the default be?
Do I really need sinks for 70mw?

I still haven't decided because you are talking many good thinks about the linksys, but I needed some comparision with the buffalos to dedice
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What would the default be?
Do I really need sinks for 70mw?

I still haven't decided because you are talking many good thinks about the linksys, but I needed some comparision with the buffalos to dedice
No, you won't need heatsinks. The default is 42mw, is that the "Transmit Power".

The only way to get a decisive comparison between the Buffalos and Linksys would be to get each one and test them out, which is probably not what you are looking to do. I would suggest you get the Linksys and test it out... most likely it will be everything you want. If not, return it because it didn't work how you expected it to.
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post #10 of 14
there is no need to overclock its processor, its always around 1-5% anyway

the default output is 35-45mw iirc
i use an old nb heatsink on the broadcom chip
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