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Need help finding a new router

submitted on April 16, 2010 by mooncow728 in "Member's Lounge"
I'm in the market for a new wireless-n router. I don't know a whole lot about them other than how to set up the network lol. So I keep seeing routers as low as $25 all the way up to $400 and I'm lost.

I have a broadband connection and frequently play games online, download things, and stream movies, so speed is definitely a necessity. My house is rather small so the range on it doesn't have to be too far.

I just don't want to shell out a lot of money. I wouldn't even consider making this purchase but my old router has been having serious issues lately. So can someone please help me find a decent deal or try to explain the difference between them to me? Thanks in advance!
        

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    pablos17
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    Posted by pablos17 on April 17, 2010
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    Which wireless class are you looking for G / N? There are some good wireless G Linksys routers out there for around $50 that work very well and some are even able to be loaded with different firmware such as DDWRT (special firmware that is much more customizable than a factory default firmware). Of course, the speed of playing games online, streaming, would also depend on the wireless adapter you're using on each device/pc as well.
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on April 17, 2010
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      I'm going for wireless-n. I have a wireless g router now that's going out so I plan on trying to upgrade.
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    Posted by siggy38 on April 17, 2010
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    I have always used Linksys routers at work and at home, without any issues. http://www.buy.com/prod/cisco-.....62228.html $59.99 free shipping.
    Or if your okay with refurbished, http://www.buy.com/prod/linksy.....55855.html $34.99 free shipping. I mostly buy refurbished products when I can.
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    Posted by YanBz on April 17, 2010
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    I would not buy a cheap no-name router. I think it is important to have all the current bug fixes and these can only come with support and software upgrades offered by the company (unless of course you decide to re-program your router with some third party software).

    As for N vs G. I upgraded to G from B last year, which is an older standard, and didn't notice much of a difference. Last month my new router failed and I put the old B router back and have been using it just fine for all my internet needs which include Netflix movies and running Buxr.

    My understanding is that the bandwidth improvement that comes with N or G is not noticeable because the bottleneck is your internet provider. I also heard that N and G can improve range compared to B but if you have a small house this improvement is not that important.
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on April 17, 2010
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      Thanks for the info. I'm thinking I might as well upgrade since I need to buy a new one just in case Google comes here. Big Grin I think the main thing that really confuses me is that there are dualband and gigabit routers. I just don't know what I need lol. I plan on upgrading my wireless adapters as well because I only have 2 things that are wireless. Mostly everything can be wired in easily. Then I have a NDSi and a PSP but I at least don't have to upgrade those.
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      Posted by pablos17 on April 17, 2010
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      Upgrading sounds like a good idea and I should do the same myself because the speed of my internal network would have better bandwidth. This would allow me to transfer files faster from one home pc to others on my home network. Good luck in finding a good router at an excellent price. Just be sure to follow Yan's advice and buy a name brand router.

      Also, once you've found a router you want, it would probably be a good idea to collaborate with the rest of us here to make sure you get the best price possible. I know that I'm willing to help you hunt the best deal down. Smile
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on April 18, 2010
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      Thanks. Can anyone tell me the difference between the dualband, gigabit, and a regular one though? I am completely lost on that. By the way my internet connection is around 10mb. Any opinions on which one is best in my case?
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      Posted by pablos17 on April 18, 2010
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      Dual-band a/b/g/n routers support both bands for 11n. They enable 11a and 11n users to transmit at 5 GHz and 11b/g and 11n users to transmit at 2.4 GHz; however, both bands may run simultaneously or only one band at a time (reference: PC Mag encyclopedia). So with the difference in frequency, a dual band router may be less likely to receive interference from other wireless devices.

      Gigabit (1000 Mb/s)routing is a newer standard for ethernet (wired) networking and transmittal speed is much higher than the old 10/100 Mb/s technology. Of course, the high speed only applies to device(s) connected directly to the router by cable and such device(s) must have a gigbit capable ethernet adapter to take advantage of the higher speed.
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on April 18, 2010
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      Okay wow thanks!!! I tried reading some stuff online but just got more and more confused. That just got right to the point.

      Anyway I can plus 10 someone?

      Well you just told me that I should just buy a standard wireless-n router and that makes me so happy. You're saving me money. YAY! Thanks again!
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    Posted by mooncow728 on April 18, 2010
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    Thanks again for all the help guys! I've decided that I'm going to get a standard wireless-n router. I think I'm going to stick with Linksys since I've never had any problems with their products. So I'll be on the look out and if I find anything good online I'll post it here. Big Grin
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    • WhattaDealBlog
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      Posted by WhattaDealBlog on April 18, 2010
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      I've always had Linksys products as well and I've had no issues with them until my current router.

      So I would advise staying away from the WRT120N. I had to get my RMA'd and then the 2nd still had issues that I had to upgrade the firmware a few times.
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on April 18, 2010
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      Thanks for the tip. I'll try to steer clear of it. I know I've had a few problems with my routers in the past but nothing that ever turned me away. One of the nice things about Linksys is that you can almost always google your problem and find a solution.

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