What is the best wireless router to get right now?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by hidehide, Jun 1, 2007.

  1. hidehide macrumors 6502

    May 1, 2007
    I was using Linksys WRT54GS v5.. its horrible.. it got disconnect every minute sometimes.. and I need to replug the power cord..
    I looked into newegg, Linksys WRT54GL is the highest rating.. is it a good one to get? btw it looks exactly the same as my old one..
    And I also searched in yahoo, and consumerresearch says Netgear WPNT834 RangeMax 240 Wireless Router is the best.. it looks much better than the linksys.. anyone using it?

    Or should I get a wireless-n enabled router? but I heard those router cant reach the potential for wireless-n..

    Which should I get??
  2. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    they're not too different. i have a wrt54gl and run dd-wrt custom firmware on it, maybe you should look into that for your own router, because i believe some versions of the gs can run it as well - http://dd-wrt.com/dd-wrtv2/index.php

    also, i don't think you should get an 802.11n router right now because the standard's still draft and not official. unless you have all apple hardware with all 802.11n cards, in which case you should get the new airport extreme, it doesn't really matter what you use as long as you don't get draft-n hardware.
  3. Dunepilot macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2002
    I've always found Netgear stuff to be the best, personally.
  4. JFreak macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2003
    Tampere, Finland
    Strange. Everyone I know has liked the WRT54 no matter which variant. Perhaps you should check if there was a new firmware available that could possibly cure your problems? I know my ZyXEL base station / wireless router was acting a little weird before I updated its firmware. After that it has been working like a charm.
  5. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    I've had to update the firmware on practically all my Linksys kit (the entire office is Linksys, I like to stick with one manufacturer) but, with the updates, I've found it all to be reliable. Love it to bits :p
  6. bat0 macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2007
    I had the Linky WRT54G with the HyperWRT firmware and it was great until the power supply died. I replaced it with the D-Link DGL-4300 and I am very happy with it. The wireless connections are much more stable never had a disconnection in 8 months I've had it, range is great and fast transfer speeds. For wired stuff it's got gigabit ethernet ports. I highly recommend it.
  7. Jessy macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2006
    NE Ohio
    I had a Netgear router. I got the same disgusting problem the original poster did. It would have to be unplugged and then plugged back in in any time the bandwidth going through it became too great, which is ridiculous, as it was an 802.11g device and its WAN-to-LAN throughput wasn't absolutely horrible. I got the Airport Extreme when they updated it this year, and haven't looked back. No more ugly, nonsensical interface, no more dropouts, no router that is so light that it bends toward the floor and falls off of things when you plug in an ethernet cord.

    And I also plugged a USB 2.0 drive into the Airport and have a nice wireless network drive now.
  8. munckee macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2005
    I have a similar Linksys and it works pretty well. It drops occassionally, but we can live with it.

    Have you tried changing the channel its set on? We live in NYC where every other apt. has a wireless connection running. We had to do a little experimenting to find the channel that worked best for us.
  9. hidehide thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 1, 2007
    I did a research on it. And found out that WRT54GS v5 is the worst model.. Anything below v5 is good, since its still running linux base..
    I updated to DD-WRT yesterday.. however, i dont know why the internet connection run a bit slow.. maybe I need to experience the different settings..

    And I also found that I can update the setting to make my WRT54GS v5 to make it 16mb ram.. after I run the commands, the router now becomes a brick.. I will need sometime to fix it(with Jtag cable).. so I want to get another router for the meantime...

    And WRT54GL every model from v1 to v4 is good..

    Still thinking should I get the same looking router(WRT54GL) but with very good comments and reliability or get a good looking one..
  10. island macrumors 6502


    Feb 19, 2007
  11. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    ^ Apple routers are WAAY overpriced.

    Get the WRT54GL and install DD-WRT.
  12. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    Another vote for Netgear. :)

  13. itsme92 Guest

    Another vote for a Lunix-based WRT54G series router

    I've got a WRT54GS version 1.1 and it runs great. I don't run any custom firmware, but I've had it three years and never had to think about it, I just set it up and let it do its thing.

    I think the problem is the VXworks Linksys routers are unreliable, but any previous Lunix-based WRT54G or WRT54GS, including the current WRT54GL, run great. And if you want even more functionality, then later on you can install custom firmware. It's just that Ihaven't felt the need to do that after 3 year,s the Linksys firmware on it works fine for mere mortals like me.
  14. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    It depends on what you're doing though. The onboard print server and NAS abilities can off set the cost.

    I still have my cheapo $10 Belkin 802.11g router from 2004 running with perfect uptime. Short of power outages...

    I still recommend a Linksys one running Linux though.
  15. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
  16. nickweston macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2006


    I pay extra gladly for the great support and the superior setup software that is integrated into OSX.

    3 airport extremes, 4 airport expresses, happy
  17. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    If you don't want a toy you only have two options: pay hundreds of dollars for a Cisco router with IOS, or get a cheap one on which you can install a Linux firmware.
  18. Nuc macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2003
    I really like the new Airport Extreme Base Station Pre-N router. Allows me to print wirelessly and also connect to a HD from anywhere on the internet.

    Well work the money in my opinion and can't beat the integration aspect as well.

  19. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    You can share a filesystem with Samba or NFS in OpenWRT.
    You can also mount shared drives on the router.
  20. kalisphoenix macrumors 65816


    Jul 26, 2005
    I noticed this setting back when I had a WRT54G (which I threw away as soon as possible). Why exactly is mounting a drive on your router (and then mounting the router's mounted drive on the intended client) helpful? You could just mount the server's drive from the client and save some time and retardedness.
  21. sethypoo macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    Sacramento, CA, USA
    True, they are over priced, but I consider my Airport Express to be priceless. Its ease of use, reliability, and ability to stream music to rooms my computer is not in is priceless to me. Best $129 I've spent in awhile!
  22. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    No. The point is to mount some network drive on the router for use in the router, and sharing some filesystem that you have on the router (for eaxmple, an attached USB drive) to the network. Two unrelated things.
  23. kalisphoenix macrumors 65816


    Jul 26, 2005
    Wow. My WRT54G didn't have a USB port. Poking around, the only one that does this is a WRTSL54GS, which seem to be about $100 on Froogle. And it's only Wireless-G :(

    Why exactly would you want to mount a drive on your router, though? I admit that I SSHed onto my WRT54G once or twice, but then the novelty wore off. Is this so you can write logs to a remote disk? Surely no one is using it to help compile test versions of X11 or anything, right? :p
  24. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    My first thought would be to write logs to some hard disk without having to go through a syslogd daemon.

    Maybe it's also possible to install Optware this way if you don't have enough local storage on your router.
  25. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006

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