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post #1 of 18
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I need a new router as mine is on the brink of breaking down. It's an old Belkin that I have had for 3 years and only paid $30 for so I guess I can't really complain.

I need a router that can handle 3 computers + 2 gaming consoles. Unfortunately, I only have around $50 to spend on it. For the most part, only my computer and xbox are on the connection but I do have two roommates who use their computers and PS3 when they're here at night and in the morning during the week. (They work and I go to school.)

I've read that something like the Linksys WRT54G would be excellent since you can upgrade the firmware to basically make it a more expensive router. NewEgg has them on sale for $49.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833124190

Are there any better options than this? Thanks!
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Got this guy for Christmas.
Wii, Xbox both netflixing, 2 PCs, Vonage all through it no problems. I flashed mine to DDWRT, then went back, as wrt was a bit too advanced for my basic needs.
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post #3 of 18
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Hmm, it definitely looks nice but the reviews were extremely mixed that I read through. Half loved it while the other half had major problems with it.

The only local store I have that carries routers is Wal-Mart. It would definitely be convenient to buy local in case I don't like it so I can just return it. Do you guys mind looking through these and letting me know which would be the best option to try? (These are the ones with the best reviews for $50 or less.)

Cisco Linksys WRT120N for $39.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Linksys-Wi...T120N/12538152

Cisco Linksys E1000 for $49.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Cisco-Expe...outer/14066653

Netgear WNR1000 for $39.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Netgear-Ra...outer/11084824

Netgear WNR2000 for $49.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Netgear-WN...outer/10928683
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post #4 of 18
the WRT310N @ that price is amazing and it will blow all of the other routers out of the water. You should get it if you don't mind that its refurbished.

From your list, only the WNR2000 supports dd-wrt.com, other wise they're all very similarish in specs. I would get the WNR2000.
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So, the WRT310N is decisively better than anything else in my price range? If so, I'll go ahead and snag one.

Would the WNR2000 be comparable or is the other still much better? What makes it better if you don't mind explaining? lol I don't really understand router specs so I'd like to learn.

Thanks!
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post #6 of 18
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Which is better between the WRT310N and E2000? I can get them both for around $40.
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post #7 of 18
spend more get a good router.
post #8 of 18
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These are $80-$100 routers normally....I would assume they should be good....I have no use for a $300 router.
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post #9 of 18
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I can also get a WRT610N for $60.
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post #10 of 18
WRT54GL. Can be had for around $45.
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