Which wireless router?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by azzurri000, Sep 10, 2006.


Which wireless router is the best value? (In terms of safety and price)

Poll closed Oct 15, 2006.
  1. Linksys WRT54G

    8 vote(s)
  2. Linksys WRT54GC

    2 vote(s)
  3. D-Link WBR-1310

    1 vote(s)
  1. azzurri000 macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2005
    Hello all, I read lots of wireless router threads here, and I learned that Linksys routers are highly recommended, but I was hoping that I could (please:)) get some specific advice.

    I was thinking of buying one of the following, and I was hoping that you could help me choose. I am planning on buying a laptop next month, and I would like a desktop that I currently own to also be connected to the router. The reason why I would like to buy now, is because all of the back-to-school sales are going on, and I'd like to advantage of them :)

    -Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router - WRT54G $60 CAD

    -Linksys Compact Wireless-G Broadband Router - WRT54GC $30 CAD

    -D-link Wireless G Router $35 CAD

    I was initially leaning toward the $30 CAD Linksys router, but the WRT54G seems to have better encryption. I'm wondering if it's worth it, though.

    The router that I currently own is a Linksys (wired,) and it often drops the connection when my brother is gaming online. I'm hoping that won't be a problem with the new router.

    Any votes/suggestions would be great! Thanks in advance :D
  2. bigrell486 macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2006
    None of them, get an Apple Airport Extreme, or even an Airport Express if you want to save money
  3. coal macrumors regular


    Oct 22, 2005
    Portland, OR
    Linksys WRT54GL.

    Since Linksys altered their line after series 4, the L does make a difference. Definitely worth it if you like to have complete control over your router.
  4. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    Anything but Linksys should work well, though I wouldn't put too much faith in Belkin either.
  5. Steve Jobless macrumors 6502

    May 31, 2006
    i too am lloking for a cheap router whats a good one?
  6. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2006
    Clemson, SC
    linksys works great in my house. 3 laptops and a desktop and no problems at all (my blackbook, the rest all PCs).

    had a belkin before it and that thing was alright, but sometimes dropped randomly and would need to be reset each morning.. quite annoying after a while.
  7. Old Smuggler macrumors 6502a

    Old Smuggler

    Sep 8, 2006
    Yeah i wouldnt recommend any of those nightmares

    i got the Airport Extreme Base Station the big one not the Express and it has worked flawlessly
    go check it out on the apple store its delayed 1-3 weeks

    i smell video streaming tomorrow

    no one ever buys the base station except for us hardcore freaks and schools
    Delayed.....just dosent make any sense....or does it?
  8. rtdgoldfish macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2004
    Jacksonville, FL
    I've got the Linksys WRT54G and it works really well. Had a Belkin before that and it was kinda crappy although it was one of the first wireless routers out there.

    The Linksys control panel is great and the router has just about every feature I'd ever need. Port forwarding is really easy if you need that for anything and it supports a ton of wireless security modes.

    It also works great with my AirPort Express :cool:

    If you can afford to drop the extra cash, get the Apple basestation. I personally don't think they are worth the price though.
  9. nightelf macrumors 6502

    Mar 25, 2003
    A friend bought the WRT54G and it was a pain to install. She keeps calling me because her connection drops.

    It is cheaper than the Airport Express, and also have the built-in switch, but the Airport Express is easier to install and more reliable.
  10. DXoverDY macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2005
    Linksys sucks... I've gone through two of them and they consistently had problems. The D-Link is more reliable but it has a nightmarish setup panel... I really hate it. The Linksys was at least easy to setup.

    I'd go Apple Base Station but might be a bit on the pricey side. I got a Linksys G router for like $20USD... it's serving me well.
  11. Coolerking macrumors member


    Aug 11, 2006
    For those who bought it, does the airport express work with PC's as well? I'm going to have a mac and my girl's PC so I need something that can pull double duty.

  12. Old Smuggler macrumors 6502a

    Old Smuggler

    Sep 8, 2006
    no reason why it shouldnt and plus with an airport you get wireless printing over usb it is sweet
  13. Steve Jobless macrumors 6502

    May 31, 2006
    why do airports cost $150 imo it cant be worth it...
  14. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2006
    Linksys WRT54G

    Bought one a couple weeks ago. Took me 20 minutes to set up, one wired and one wireless computer with security settings etc.

    The signal is OK where I use my laptop, two rooms away. It has dropped the signal a couple times but comes back in a few minutes.

    For the price I think this is an excellent router.
  15. drake macrumors 6502a


    Jul 5, 2005
    WRT54G ver. 3. :p Easy to upgrade the firmware and few problems (though at the moment running a tad bit slow but then, I'm outside on my laptop and the router is inside the apartment building).
  16. lcseds macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2006
    NC, USA
    I have a Linksys 54G, Ver 6. It is not as good aparently as the older 54G (version 4 and earlier). Folks like that as they can load different firmware. Not sure what that does really. The 54G seems to be working good for me. I do have some instances where the speed drops for no particular reason as the router stays in the same place and I use the notebook only while seated in my LazyBoy with an adult beverage. But after a few minutes, it comes back to full speed. Strange, but it is otherwise stable and reliable.
  17. azzurri000 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2005
    Thanks to everyone who voted or gave me suggestions, I really appreciate it:)

    I decided to go with the WRT54G, because it seemed to be highly recommended here, as well as in the broad internet community.
  18. briantology macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2006
    This may be such a nub-cake question, but can an iMac connect wirelessly with a Linksys WRT54G? Or do you HAVE to buy Express or Base?

    EDIT: NVM, my ignorance was replaced by a quick look at Apple.com

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