Wireless Router Recommendations Needed!!!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Peter Griffin, Oct 11, 2005.

  1. Peter Griffin macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2005
    I'm looking into getting a wireless router for my iBooks (1.33 ghz 12in) and need suggestions. Anyone have experience with D-Link or Linksys? The reviews online mostly deal with performance on PCs and I can't buy an Airport Base (price) so if anyone has recommendations fire away! Thanks in advance ;)
  2. pknz macrumors 68020


    Mar 22, 2005
    I have D-Link G604T wireless router. No serious problems with it, pretty easy to set up. Has four ethernet ports and a wireless network. Only slight problem is occasionally the network seems to go 'idle' and you have to restart the router.

    I have only found this router on the D-Link Australia and New Zealand
  3. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005

    Do you need wired connections?

    If not, would the Airport Express (not the full function base station just the express), meet your needs and price point?

    Personally, I have owned and used about five wireless routers. The Airport Express is the best I've ever used. Furthermore, you can connect a USB printer to it, and then print from any computer, anywhere in your home.
  4. Superdrive macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2003
    Dallas, Tx
    I was also going to recommend the airport express. Unfortunately, it runs about $30 more than most decent routers. Where I work, we see a lot of linksys and netgears come back as DOA. In the experience I have had with all of the above, things have worked out fine. But with that said, the airport express has the feature set and configuration software to blow the competition out of the water, hands down. You pay for quality though.
  5. Jon'sLightBulbs macrumors 6502a

    Jan 31, 2005
    Get yourself a 10 dollar Belkin 802.11b. Zero problems here.
  6. mfacey macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2004
  7. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    I had this router for a while and it ran fine. Very nice router and I got it for $20. I recommend it.

    My girlfriend uses a d-link (I forget the model number, sorry) and it runs fine as well. I recommend d-link too.

    However, the BEST sub $500 router on the market if the Linksys WRT54G with 3rd party firmware (about $50 for the router and $20 for the firmware). Hands down. 3rd party firmware allows you to do things like increase the power of the router by 900%. If you are not a power user and don't like flashing firmware, stay away for 3rd party firmware. This router is still one of the best routers you can buy when using the standard linksys firmware. I personally wouldn't purchase any other router.
  8. Peter Griffin thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2005
    Thanks for the 10 dollar solutions guys but unfortunately I'm not in the states right now.

    All I'm looking for is a reputable brand/model that has great reception and will work on Macs.
  9. Nuc macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2003
    Try Belkin

    I hooked up my father-in-laws wireless this weekend with Belkin Pre-N. It was easy and it works great on a Mac and PC. Excellent reception

    Great reviews at: PriceGrabber. Look at the review links at the top right of the page

    Hope this helps.

  10. mfacey macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2004
    The Belkin Pre-N system is nice, but seeing as it is incompatible with the Airport systems in macs you won't get any better than "G" (54mbps) performance. So save yourself the extra cash, I'd say.
    I personally am now running a Linksys Wireless Router which works perfectly fine. I have experience with Netgear and Belkin as well. Both work great. As long as you stick to the mainstream networking brands like Linksys, Belkin, Netgear and D-Link you won't have any trouble.

    Just out of interest, what country are you in?
  11. bodeh6 macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2005
    I have a D-Link DI-624 and think it is great. Always fast and never goes down. Have had it for almost 2 years now.
  12. Peter Griffin thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2005
    Thanks for the suggestions. Anyone have experience with this particular D-Link?

    D-Link DI-524


    EDIT- Actually scratch that out, I've been looking into the Airport Express. Just a quick question: Is the power brick/plug interchangeable like that of the powerbook/ibook and ipod chargers? I'm considering getting a kit with this as well so it'd be great if I can take it with me while traveling ;)
  13. panda macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2004
    i have been using the airport express, as have many friends and family. i can only but recommend it. it may actually be apples best product!

    it does indeed have the interchangeable plug.

    i think you will be blown away with all it does and how well it does it. wireless printing and music are tremendous plusses.:)
  14. jnicolso1 macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2004
    I use an airport express and they are great, also one of the netgear VPN firewall routers with wireless, bit expensive but the extra VPN functionalaity was useful for linking to locations. I did have a Dlink but got rid of it as it needed regular reseting.
  15. bruvone macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2005
    airport express is my choice, if you don't mind spending a bit more money. Being able to hook up a usb printer and speakers is a huge plus, especially with your laptop.

    I've used the d-link 524 as well and have never had a problem with it.
  16. Peter Griffin thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2005
    Thats good to know.

    Just one more question, can I connect more than one iBook onto the airport express and have them both browsing the net at the same time? Are there any rumors on an updated AE anytime soon?

    Edit- Found out that the max is 10 users.
  17. Peter Griffin thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2005
    Is the abillity to plug in printer and speaker the only thing that distinguishes the Airport Express from the 524? Has the speed/connectivity improved with AE?

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