Recommend A Wireless Router

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  1. shane0mac macrumors member

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    Can someone recommend a wireless router for me to use with my new macbook?

    I have been looking at Dlink and I'm not looking to spend alot.

    Thanks!:cool:
     
  2. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    Netgear???
     
  3. spicyapple macrumors 68000

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    ^I agree. Linksys router is nice/cheap and works really well.



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    Agree with the others about the Linksys WRT54G. Good Router.

    Netgear has some nice equipment as well.

    And don't forget to look at Apple's Airport Extreme or Airport Express solutions. Depending on your needs, one of them may be the best solution for you.
     
  6. CEAbiscuit macrumors 6502a

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    If all you need is wireless, get the Airport Express. Not only does it have decent range and is well supported by apple, you can stream music and do wireless printing with it. Pretty cheap as well when you consider the beneifits.
     
  7. shane0mac thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the suggestions, i wil look into getting the linksys.
    Concerning the 'airport' I need something that will support an other PC that will be on the same connection.

    I was looking for something fairly inexpensive, is teh DLink stuff any good? Or am I better off spending more money for the Linksys?
     
  8. ziwi macrumors 65816

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    Another vote for linksys here, but I do not know that it really matters anymore - in the old days you could experience issues with a mismatched card versus router, but now all that seems to be gone.
     
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  10. spicyapple macrumors 68000

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    Why not check Craigslist if it's available in your area? Routers don't break often, as they have no moving parts, so you might find one for real cheap in the classifieds.

    I bought a cable modem on craigslist a few days ago for $20, normally retails new for $75 plus taxes.
     
  11. Thanatoast macrumors 6502a

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    The PC on the network won't be a problem. The price however...

    I think the Express is twice the cost of the Linksys. I'd still heartily recommend it, though.
     
  12. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    I personally recommend not getting netgear routers. We just had a thread about this a day or two ago...I've had four Netgear routers and the wireless failed on three of them while the fourth one completely failed. I've had great success with Linksys, they build quality stuff.
     
  13. orangemacapple macrumors 6502

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    Another wireless virgin here: Along the same line, please


    I'm a wireless virgin
    i have an emac, printer, scanner and am adding a macbook. will the express also handle the scanner? i was thinking i would have to go to extreme, and i'd love it if i could do with less.
    also, can the express use dial-up as well as dsl? girlfriend only has dial-up and when i'm over there...
     
  14. CEAbiscuit macrumors 6502a

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    I've never tried connecting a separate scanner.. I've definatley connected an all-in-one printer to the airport express, but never tried scanning.

    I do not believe the express handles dial up.
     
  15. SpankyPenzaanz macrumors 6502a

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    netgear, dlink, 2wire, 3com are your best bets
    i recently did a instal of an actiontec routers and access points and i may have found a new favorite - their range, reliability and robustness was impressive

    stay away from linksys i have seen and experienced too many horror stories
     
  16. shane0mac thread starter macrumors member

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    thank for the info everyone, i bought the linksys wrt54g as it was really inexpensive.
    Now that i'm setting it up, whta is the best encryption to use??
     
  17. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    WPA pre-shared key (TKIP) is easy to setup and is compatible with just about everything these days. Don't use WEP, it's a joke.

    Good choice on the router. It will serve you well.
     
  18. minnesotamacman macrumors regular

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    Good choice on the linksys... I have used them much in teh past. I use an Apple Airport Extreme now, and like it better than anything I used before, but again that is about $100 more than you probably spent.
     

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