Router Question

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by seabass069, Feb 16, 2006.

  1. seabass069 macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2005
    My cable guy that just replaced my modem, he says that you get what you pay for in a router. I bought a dynex router from Best Buy. Do you guys think that I need to change my router? I run two computers off of it. I don't think there is any problems, but he says a cheap router can slow your connection down. Is that true?
  2. cnakeitaro macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2006
    Virginia Beach
    Well.....if your happy with the speeds your getting, than I don't see a reason to upgrade. Router's just like cable modems can wear out over time. If you do decide to replace it, I recommend you go with linksys routers.
  3. munckee macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2005
    Good call. I'm going to be purchasing a router in the near future to run at least 3 macs on. Is linksys my best bet? Any particular model (wireless)?
  4. FireArse macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2004

    I still think the 3Com routers are by far the easiest and reliable routers out there.

    However - one day, I'll setup a Linux server with a USB modem.

    One day.

  5. Seasought macrumors 65816


    Nov 3, 2005

    I hate Linksys routers, I've had nothing but poor performance from them.

    I'll recommend Netgear routers.
  6. cnakeitaro macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2006
    Virginia Beach
    I've never had a problem with my linksys wireless router. Infact i've owned two, only because I needed one for when I was living on campus. But I am a little biased towards Cisco products...
  7. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Simple experiment: setup a system that uses the router and just one computer then, set up one computer but with no router. Which is faster? I'll bet you a buck that you can't tell the difference. bottom line is that it dowes low the connection but not enough that you would ever know. As soon as you have two computers you need the router. Note that a Mac can be set up to act as a router but then it must be up and running 24x7

    The better routers are really any faster but they offer more features. The best way to select one is to go to the manufacture's web sites and download copies of the user manuals. Buy the router based on what you read in the manual.
  8. TIGERmac macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2004

    My first router was a Linksys (wired) model that was extremely quirky from the very beginning. It would often randomly drop the connection and require a reboot. Sometimes it wouldn't communicate with one or more of the computers connected. It finally died after about a year of use, and I replaced it with a wireless Netgear unit. The Netgear was extremely easy to setup (especially the security settings) and has incredible range. No issues to report.

    If you aren't having any issues, then there isn't really a reason to upgrade though.
  9. frankblundt macrumors 65816


    Sep 19, 2005
    South of the border
    I've had no real issues with my Netgear Rangemax. I only replaced by old generic with to get wireless and because the old one had severe issues with allowing a VPN connection thru cleanly. The Netgear's also a lot easier to configure, and has better support, more regular updates, but that's about it.
    Performance-wise (apart from VPN) i'm not sure i've noticed any difference.
  10. N10248 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2004
    Essex, U.K.
    Intertex IX66

    Intertex make great routers ive got an ix66, it has sip support for VoIP, very configurable firewall, never messes up, loads of logging and info options and very easy to use as has detailed help buttons on each feature.

    Changing settings is instant with no reboots and it cleverly links DHCP addresses to MAC ids so connected computers always get same ip address, alowing for complex port forwarding and network settings without the hassle of setting up static addresses.

    its small, doesnt get hot and the firewall settings can be changed from its front panel without need to login to the router from a computer.

    it wasnt as cheap as some linksys ones but is definatly worth the cost.

  11. Chisholm macrumors regular


    May 31, 2002
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama

    Yeah your cable guy was right, you get what you pay for. Any decent router will be fine for internet. The ease of use and configuration are the biggest things to look for to me. As far as the router's speed goes, you won't notice it swimming around the internet. You will see the router's performance when you have a number of computers attatched to it and start moving many files between the machines. Not all routers have the same internal capacity for bandwidth. I.e, a 5 port gigabit router cannot necessarily handle 5 gigabits of constant traffic. The point at which the router's traffic gets saturated is what matters in real life networking. I don't know what kinda' cable modem you have, but mine is 10 megabit.

    Keep in mind though, routers go bad, so they aren't great investments. I payed $3,000 for a Cisco router 5 years ago. I can get a better one today for $400. I don't think I'd spend more than about $50 on a wireless router.

  12. munckee macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2005
    Interesting replies. The only router I've every purchased (used roommate's previously) was a netgear that I got for $30 at best buy. It was so bad that I left it in the apt. when I moved out. It consistently dropped the connection among our three computers (2 PC's and my mac).
  13. FongMan macrumors regular


    Feb 4, 2006
    I've actually been having trouble with my wireless. I ran a cable from my DSL to my wireless and it worked fine but last weekend we ran the wire along the wall and set it up, drilled holes and all and i had to cut the cable and put on the heads myself. But now the cable doesn't want to work...i was making these cables at my previous job and they were all fine. This cable was actually too long and the extra part i cut off i made a cable with and that's fine but the other (main) part isn't working. i checked the color coding and that the cables were pushed all the way to the end and they were. Took off the heads and did them again but still no progress....the routers light up when i plug it in but status and laptop saying that it's not connecting. Anybody can suggest what could possibly be wrong? :confused:
    Oh yeh it's not running beside any strong lights that could damage the signal either.
  14. spinne1 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2005
    Hermitage, TN USA (near Nashville)
    My first router was a Linksys and it simply died about a year after I bought it and would often lose the connection and require a hard reset (often by unplugging it from both the power source and the ethernet source). I will never buy another Linksys product. I later bought a D-Link router and it has been rock solid for close to a year with NO resets at all. It has been very reliable. As for speeds I have no clue but I tend to think you will get similar speeds with almost any router (that has similar specs).
  15. Seasought macrumors 65816


    Nov 3, 2005
    D-Link has also been reliable for me. I'll recommend D-Link routers as well. I forgot to mention D-Link in my initial post.
  16. bodeh6 macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2005
    My D-Link DI-624 pooped out after only 2 years of service. After spending close to 2 hours with D-Link tech support and telling the same crap of resetting the cable modem, router, and computer I just said screw the warranty and bought a new Linksys WRT54G. Never D-Link again.
  17. mattyturner macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2005
    will work for bandwidth

    Dlink seem to be falling behind the times, if you're after a new router I recommend netgear or linksys. If you already have a netgreat or linksys wireless card (prob not an issue if you're using macs) then get the same brand router.

    Also with some linksys routers you can head over to sveasoft ( and get some neat firmware for $20 that unlocks a lot of features and does some cool stuff.

    In answer to the posters question, if you've not noticed a problem, don't buy a new one! Assuming your internet connection is less than 2mbps a cheap router would be very unlikely to slow your internet connection down.

    But then if you live in an area with 8mb ADSL perhaps... hurry up BT and get upgrading my exchange already!!
  18. Sdashiki macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens
    IMO no router is worth a damn.

    I have gone thru 3 D-Link 604s all for the same problem.

    it drops the connection after about a week of uptime and then you cant log into it. It just asks for a firmware update. So i have to unplug for at least 5minutes, because any less than that and the HARD reset button wont do anything.

    I just put up with it because I only need the router for XBOX file transfers, which isnt that often.

    But alas, I have no expertise in networking, but I know what I am doing so far as to get the network to work when I want it to. And become fixed when it breaks, but to stop it from breaking, how do I know.

    I just think no matter what routers are built to fail, modems are built to fail, they deal with tons of heat and basically work 24/7. Anything like that is bound to fail, and I think they just make them cheaply because the market is so flooded with home networking crap that they figure you will only buy cheap stuff.

    I think if you dont buy a $1000+ router (8 or 16 port minimum id think) it wont be reliable in the long run. Then again, IT people will always have a job.
  19. cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004

    Nothing beats Cisco for the availability of documentation (books).

    Their firewall is not a toy, like in many other routers.

    I'm talking about real Cisco, with IOS, not products from their consumer brands (Linksys).
  20. discoforce macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2004
    Vermont, USA
    Just for more specific advice: I love my Cisco Linksys WRT54G.

    Easy to setup, and no problems running 2 wireless and 1 wired computer at the same time. However, I no longer expect to stay connected when using my 2.4GHz cordless phone.
  21. BCoop8184 macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2006

    I have had several netgear routers. I finally got fed up with all of the sh** associated with them. They never worked, how low throughput rates and always went down. I finally trashed them all and bought a couple linksys routers and have had no problems whatsoever with them. I have one running one wired desktop, 3 wireless windows laptops and 1 wireless mac laptop. works outstanding. I put some high gain antennas on it and everything, fantastic. I highly recommend linksys

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