Wireless Router

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by matthewamzn, Dec 12, 2006.

  1. matthewamzn macrumors member

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    I'm looking for a wireless router (cheap). I've got a dell desktop and macbook. Would any wireless g router work? This is the one I'm looking at.
     
  2. thewhitehart macrumors 6502a

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    Shouldn't have any problem with that. It should work just fine. Shop around, though, I've seen routers going for $10 after rebates, etc., like at Comp USA.
     
  3. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    The spec sheet for that particular router specifically says it is NOT Mac-compatible.

    That surprises me, since I thought D-Link routers were all managed via a Web interface - but apparently that one is not. You have to have XP or 2000 SP4 (or was it SP3?) to manage the router.

    However if you don't mind setting it up from your Windows box, it should actually work just fine with a Mac; you just won't be able to configure it from the Mac. If you'll always have a Windows box around this is not a big deal. But personally I prefer something I can manage from any computer.
     
  4. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    Almost every router nowadays comes with two configuration options. Use the Windows software CD or just use the web interface. Obviously, the software CD, which is mentioned on your link isn't Mac compatible, but the WBR-1310 has a web management interface, so the OP will be fine.
     
  5. thewhitehart macrumors 6502a

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    Lol, you are right, I should stop offering help on these forums :D

    Although it should have a web interface for setting it up. My D-Link did. The only routers I've come across that don't have a web interface in this Belkin g one, and of course Apple's own routers - but Apple's routers ship with a windows version of the Airport Admin Utility.
     
  6. NavySEAL6 macrumors 6502a

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    I have the Linksys WRT54GS. It's not bad, pretty cheap too
     
  7. d wade macrumors 65816

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  8. MSM Hobbes macrumors 6502

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    Got my netgear router @ Radio Shack for ~$25 about 5 weeks ago - so far, no issues at all w/ it feeding my MB C2D. Range is quite good too; have it set in the walk-out basement office, and I can pick up a 2-3 bar signal ~125' away in the yard, and down a slight hill. ;)
     
  9. PYR0M310N macrumors 6502a

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    you should be able to join any router, as i go around a lot of different places using different connections, and i suppose different routers, and have never had an issues
     
  10. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    i have a d-link that works with both my Mac and Windows computers. initial setup was on a WinXP machine and i haven't needed to configure it since so i'm unsure of whether it is Mac-compatible in the sense discussed above. d-link, IMO, makes the best routers.
     
  11. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

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    I DO NOT RECOMMEND the Linksys WRT54G. It has had a lot of issues with Macs recently. I think there are fixes and a lot of post on this site about them.

    I bought one, it worked for a day then stopped, called Linksys they said it was working fine, called Apple they said it was Linksys' problem. Called Linksys again, couldn't talk to anyone that new how to troubleshoot on a Mac (or what it was for that matter). I will never buy a Linksys again. I bought a D-Link WBR1310. It works great, the range is almost perfect at 40 feet and through three interior walls.

    Summary: The Linksys WRT54G is known to have issues with Macs, may or may not be fixed, may or may not work. There a lot of comparably priced alternatives that works as well if not better. Go for the D-Link.
     

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