Most stable Router please.

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  1. jtay

    jtay Notebook Geek

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    Hey guys. Im moving into a house with five guys and not all of us have dual band supporting wireless adapters. With that being said. What is the most stable router for our house? We don't have gaming going on..well not much. Minimal use like emails and messaging and webcamming to keep in touch with home but most importantly we have online assignments and school quizzes and tests that we do NOT want to miss because of dropped signal or stuff like that. If anyone could give their 2 cents. Money is not an issue because we are splitting it 5 ways but definitely we want best bang for buck and best stability over speed. Thanks!
     
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    Reezin14 Crimson Mantle Commander

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    If your looking for wireless g then I suggest the Linksys wrt54gl.If you know something about 3rd party firmware dd-wrt or tomato makes this a great router.
     
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    crazycanuk Notebook Virtuoso

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    took the words out of my mouth, a wrt54GL with DD-WRT seems to be the best combo I have found, some of the ones I have in operation have not been reset in excess of 2 years. My unit I use as a VPN endpoint is currently at 1091 days, 20 hours and 34 minutes uptime.

    total cost .... under $80.00 and a little reading
     
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    DIR-655 is the best!
     
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    JL6speed Notebook Geek

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    Is it a good idea to match brands? Say your router is brand A and u get a network card/accessories thats also brand A?

    My main question is since I use powerline adapter to get a wired connection to my other room. The adapter is Netgear and I am currently using a Netgear 270mbps N router [but its not gigabit wired o_O]. Otherwise, I'd prolly go change to one of D-link's newer routers as stated above ~ DIR-655.

    I really would like to get a gigabit network going tho... 100mbps max translates to 12.5MB/s transfers which is pretty slow.
     
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    gerryf19 I am the walrus

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    Agreed, you can get better routers, perhaps, but you won't go wrong with the wrt54gl.


    But don't get overly concerned about using dd-wrt--it's great, but not critical. You will still get a very good connection with the default firmware. DD-wrt will allow you more granular control and allow you to kick up the transmit power a bit, but from your description, the supplied firmware will meet your needs.

    As to the last post above this--as long as routers and adapters follow the 802.11x standard, it does not matter. It was more important a couple years back when every router maker was playing games with "wireless g plus" or "wireless g super boost"

    Sticking to the standards means not having to worry about brands
     
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