WiFi problems - suggest me a new router?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MoodyM, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. MoodyM macrumors 6502a

    MoodyM

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    Aug 14, 2008
    #1
    I had a Netgear DGN2000 router, and was having all sorts of problems - my MacBook and MacBook Pro would drop the WiFi connection frequently, then when I tried to reconnect I was getting "Connection timeout" and "Invalid password" repeatedly, and eventually, after pressing "OK" 10 or 12 times, it would connect.

    I was also having major problems trying to print to my WiFi Lexmark printer (took forever to print, connection errors, etc), so I replaced it with an HP WiFi printer, but have the same problems.

    I tried changing WiFi channel, changing from WPA2 to WPA, moved the router into the same room as the computers, etc, no luck. I eventually thought it must be a faulty router, and decided to buy a brand new one (good excuse to upgrade to one with Gigabit Ethernet anyway!).

    I plumped for a brand new Netgear DGN3500, set it all up, and am having more or less the same problems - i.e. WiFi connection dropping frequently, having to re-input password, etc.

    I decided to move away from Netgear and thought "I'll return the DGN3500 to Amazon and swap it for a different brand". Trouble is, reading the reviews of other brands on Amazon (Linksys, Belkin, etc), there are always about 10-20% of reviews report connection problems like I was having with the Netgear!

    So my question is, can anyone recommend a good router, in the UK, that they've had no problems with?

    My requirements are:

    1) 802.11b/g/n
    2) Gigabit Ethernet ports
    3) Ability to manually assign static IP addresses to my devices (I had a Belkin N1 Vision which didn't allow this)
    4) Not Netgear (I have nothing against them, have always used them, I just need to try another brand to see if it helps)

    On my network I have:

    MacBook Pro (wireless)
    MacBook (wireless)
    Windows 7 laptop (wireless)
    iPhone 4 (wireless)
    2 x iPhone 3G S (wireless)
    HP printer (wireless)
    iPad (wireless)
    Wii (wireless)
    Xbox 360 (now wired, as I was having Xbox Live problems with WiFi)
    PlayStation 3 (now wired, as I was having PSN problems with WiFi)
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

    miles01110

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    #2
    The problem probably isn't your router, since the same symptoms are appearing on both your old and new units.
     
  3. BBC B 32k macrumors 6502

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    Location:
    London
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    Possibly interference? Are there lots of other wifi networks about you?
    I have had a similar issue for a couple of months now. Using Netgear
     

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