802.11g Router for me?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Billicus, Dec 30, 2003.

  1. Billicus macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2002
    Charles City, Iowa
    I got a 17" PowerBook a couple months back and I love it, but having to get up to get onto the internet is really bugging me. I was wondering if there are any wireless routers (combined with a wired hub for my aging iMac) that the good folks of Macrumors would reccomend? I've heard that Linksys makes good routers, is that true? I've also been wondering, would I have to get a wireless card for my iMac if I went with an Apple Base Station, or does the Apple Base station also double as a wired router for my aDSL connection?

    Thx in advance. :D
  2. beatle888 macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2002
    i have a belkin wireless router. works great and connects to systems with an RJ45 (standard ethernet cable) if you dont have a wireless card.
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Re: 802.11g Router for me?

    Linksys does indeed make good routers. I don't think you can go wrong if you buy one.
  4. LimeiBook86 macrumors 604


    May 4, 2002
    Go Vegan
    if your cheap like me...

    You can connect to the internet via your iMac. Buy an AirPort card for your iMac. Have the iMac share the internet over wireless under "Internet" tab in the"Sharing" panel in System Prefrences. That should work if you want to save some money. But, then you would need to leave the iMac on. A router is the way to go but if your scarce on money try this. I just got a Linksys 802.11g Router (4-port) for $79 after $10 rebate at BestBuy (bestbuy.com) Works fine for me :D
  5. ftaok macrumors 601


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast

    What other items do you have in your set-up? For example, do you have a relatively new USB printer? If you want to do wireless printing, you might want to look at the Airport Extreme Base Station. Your printer might be supported.

    If not, take a look at the Netgear 614 wireless router. I picked it up at Amazon for $70 after rebate and I paid no tax or shipping. It's easy to use and it's a tiny piece of hardware.
  6. pdt macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2003
    I recently bought the NETGEAR WGR614 ($60 after rebate through Amazon, take note of the 4-week after purchase deadline for the rebate, I may have missed that myself). It works very well with a G4 iBook over airport extreme, as well as with an eMac and a PC through the wired ports. I've updated the firmware once with no problems through the eMac. I agree about the printing option being handy with Apple's base station if you need to print frequently with other computers off. But, I've been sharing my USB printer through my eMac. This works well, but the eMac, of course, must be on any time you want to print from another computer.

    One other point of possible interest. When I first setup my wireless network, the reception was not great through the whole house. After I moved the base station to another room (on the same floor), things improved dramatically. I'm not sure if the problem was proximity to my other two computers causing interference, or the fact that the first room was originally outside the main stucture of the house...or some other reason entirely. Whatever the reason, if your reception isn't good, it might help to try another location!
  7. Billicus thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2002
    Charles City, Iowa
    I got an Airport Extreme Basestation...I decided that it would be the easiest to set up.

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