Tech question: I need a new wireless router.

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  1. FSFN

    FSFN Well-Known Member

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    AT&T gave me a free one about 5 years ago. It's just not made to stream stuff. Now they want $100 for a new one. What would the tech experts of the dawgsaloon recommend?
     
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    Staples.
     
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    That's a ripoff. Don't get there router.

    Any router the you get at Staples/Best Buy for half the price will work just as well and quite frankly, better than ATT's. ATT's is nothing special.
     
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    monoprice.com has good deals on routers and such. Check them out.
     
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    are you sure your wireless router is your problem?
     
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    Yep. I've looked at my setting and everything. It's just made to stream stuff.
     
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    why do u kids need wireless anyways
     
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    Why not just get a SIM card?
     
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    Just do not buy a Cisco/Linksys router. Too many security flaws.

    I'm no Apple fan boy but I have heard good things about the AirPort express. They're especially nice if you have other apple stuffs.
     
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    Jesus christ, do NOT get the 2nd one. That thing is ancient and doesn't even support wireless N.
     
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    Where the hell did you hear that? Most enterprise networks run on Cisco or Linksys. They have an excellent reputation.

    No one needs a router from Apple, that's a bunch of over-priced rip-off bullshit.
     
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    It's 50 bucks, and you don't need wireless N for simple internet surfing. I'm just throwing two opposite options out there. That's a solid router.
     
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    This
     
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    It's a bit pricey, but I love my Apple Airport Extreme.
     
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    http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/04/using-a-linksys-wi-fi-router-it-could-be-ripe-for-remote-takeover/

    Just Google it. Their reputation is garbage amongst anyone with a cursory knowledge of IT. Which is obviously not you.

    And the AirPort Express is 90 bucks on amazon, which isn't a wild mark up.

    Have a nice day.
     
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    One option when buying a router is putting on custom firmware.
    For example, you can run DD-WRT or Gargoyle, which provide features you typically do not get from stock firmware.
    For example, with Gargoyle you can put quotas on individual machines (want to limit someone to 5G a month download, you can).
    If you want to run custom firmware, you need to check the firmware site for what they support.

    Beyond that if you are single user, buy pretty much anything.
    For multi user wireless, I like dual band routers and then partition who uses what. Chuk gave some good options.
    I would not touch the WRT54GL, it is a classic but is a little old/slow for the $50 price point.
     
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    When I upgraded my TV, I needed faster bandwidth to stream....when I upgraded my service, Verizon gave me a free one.
    You should figure out if you are going to need to upgrade your service b/c ATT might also give you a free one.