Are all routers this easy to set up?!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by shawsinio, Aug 25, 2006.

  1. shawsinio macrumors regular

    May 29, 2006
    heya guys,

    weve been struggling in my house for 2 years or so with a belkin router with built in modem. we always have problems with it, needing to restart it everytime we log into hotmail etc, and it took hours (literally!) on the phone to belkin to set it up initially.

    we have just bought a new linksys wireless g router with built in modem today, as the belkin was just annoying us too much! anyways, it took me 5 minutes to set it up, and it working great! (touches wood!)

    are all routers normally this easy to set up? or have i been really lucky here? has anyone else had problems with belkin routers?
  2. Shadow macrumors 68000


    Feb 17, 2006
    Keele, United Kingdom
    My Linksys router is great, except is hicups sometimes and refuses to serve us the internet. A reboot fixes it.
  3. wasimyaqoob macrumors 6502a

    Dec 23, 2005
    London, England.
    I purchased my Belkin over a year ago, and Its NEVER been turned off - Still works like the first day I bought it.
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Despite it's other shortcomings (like value for money), I find the AirPort range the absolute easiest to set up. Gotta love Apple. :p
  5. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603


    Jan 10, 2006
    Airport for me was simple too. Wire it up and fill in the blanks... boom! :D
  6. beatalliance macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2006
    Cant believe nobody has mentiond Netgear ....... EXTREMLEY EASY to setup ... and is built very very well ... The best manufacturer of Routers on the market today!!

    Never had 1 single problem with mine!!

    Awsome kit!

    Netgear ftw!
  7. treblah macrumors 65816


    Oct 28, 2003
    I just setup a Netgear router for a friend and it was a PITA compared to a APExtreme/Express.

    The fact you have to connect it by ethernet first in order to turn on wireless through is asinine.
  8. calculus Guest


    Dec 12, 2005
    Although it tells you to do this there is no need to - at least it worked for me OK.
  9. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Yes, I would say that Airport is the easiest I have ever used, but then closely after that, both Linksys and Netgear are very self-explanatory. :) However, the problem comes in more when there's something goofy about your setup.
  10. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2005
    I'm only really here at night.
    Linksys 4 sure b da easiest of all routers I have ever set up (200+).......

    5 minutes tops, even with cable/dsl modems, switches, hubs ect in the mix......
  11. shawsinio thread starter macrumors regular

    May 29, 2006
    seems like netgear and linksys are easier to set up than many others! im so glad ive made the decision to dump belkin and go for linksys, working nicely!

    i dont think ill ever buy any belkin network stuff again!

  12. Clydefrog macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2006
    me i have a microsoft router:eek: :( :eek: :( :eek: No problems with it which is unheard of
  13. G5Unit macrumors 68020


    Apr 3, 2005
    I'm calling the cops
    I have gone through a Linksys, a D Link D-524. and now I use a D link DGL - 4300. The Linksys WAS THE WORST PEICE OF, anyways they have gotten better, I hated that thing, constant dropping of connect, slow 11mbps. The We got the D Link, it worked better, faster set up, maybe lost connect once a week. No I ave the D Link gaming router and it's even better, yet the range could use some improvements, fastest set up ever.
  14. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I never used these, but for the short time they were on the market, my memory is that they were very, very highly regarded.
  15. osxnewbe macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2006
    Another vote for Netgear. My wife & SIL got me a Netgear Pre-N router for Father's Day last year and it works like a charm. Had it up and running within 5 minutes out of the box. Every now and then, I'll have to log in router and tell it log back into my dsl account but its only once or twice a month.

    It's a big improvement over the Dell POS router I had. That thing would lose the internet connection several times a week and frequently would have to be left unplugged overnight before it would log back into my DSL account.
  16. mjstew33 macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    The linksys ones are awesome - I love 'em. I, however, with the new house we are building, am planning on buying about 5 AirPort Express for the wireless music. I have one AirPort Express and it's awesome. (Not buying, really, my dad gets them for free at work :D)
  17. extraextra macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2006
    With everyone gushing about Linksys, I think I'll have to get myself one.

    I bought a cheap DSL plan (the 768kbps/$14.99), but I called them and complained a little and they sent me a free ActionTEC wireless router (along with the standard router) which is slightly on the crappy side. But it was free so I can't complain too much.
  18. z00y0rk macrumors member


    Jul 20, 2006
    Long Island , New York. USA
    I'm not such a linksys fan myself. My uncle bought one and it still doesn't work. I keep trying to convince him to buy a netgear (i bought one and I'm completely in love with it!!) I have absolutely no problem with it. It works in all areas of my house, including in the backyard. I get about 6000kbps wireless and 14,000kbps wired.
  19. Demoman macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2005
    Issaquah, WA
    I have not used Airport before, but use Netgear and Linksys for our company and at home. I have a preference for Netgear. They have been as reliable a manufacturer as any I have dealt with over the years. I can only remember one failure. I had a fan stop on a 16 port hub several years ago. I still have it and actually use it.

    But, I am just impressed with how good this technology has become over the years. When they added the DHCP capability to routers, it changed everything for the home users (and those of us who spent evenings and weekends setting up static IP's for friends and family). Nowadays, the only things that require configuration knowledge are setting up multiple sub-nets and/or VPN tunnels.

    The other day I was musing; young people just starting to work with technology are entering a world where the vast majority of things WORK. They know nothing about the times when things seldom worked straight out of the box.

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