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Whats the best router for under $100?

Discussion in 'Networking and Wireless' started by MaX PL, Dec 24, 2008.

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  1. MaX PL

    MaX PL Notebook Deity

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    Which brand and which model...

    Linksys, D Link, Netgear?

    Reason I ask is because we have been using a WRT54Gv1.1 for about 5 years now at my house, and aside from some network issues, everything has worked fine.

    Yesterday the thing completely died. I tried hard resetting, tried nearly every configuration I could think of to get it to work, nothing. Perhaps I'll try putting tomato firmware on...

    Well anyway, went to Bestbuy last night and picked up a D Link DIR 628. Its a wireless N router, but out of the box, its a POS. Pages load very slowly and some dont even load at all. So I'm returning it Friday and am now asking for your help in finding the best router. If someone can give me suggestions on how to make it work, I'll keep it, but I dont want to have to mess with too many settings considering Linksys routers I have owned have worked out of the box.

    I'm likely going to order from Amazon after testing routers I buy at Bestbuy. Amazons prices are about 40 to 50% lower.

    Okay, well please give me some suggestions.

    (As a side note, there is no problem with my internet. Connecting directly to the modem, everything works just fine; Ive contacted my ISP to confirm this.)
     
  2. MaX PL

    MaX PL Notebook Deity

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    also, looking around at review on amazon and newegg, ive noticed the WRT54GL is receiving probably the best reviews.

    what makes this router so special?

    i'm probably gonna end up getting the WRT54GL, should i order from Newegg or Amazon after I test it through Bestbuy?
     
  3. w500?

    w500? Notebook Consultant

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    The Linksys is a pretty common router that many people have, myself included, and are happy with it, and it's compatible with dd-wrt. It's popular because it's a quality product that does its job.
     
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    adampit Notebook Enthusiast

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    I would recommend the DLINK DIR-655, mine is working great and fast,not a problem for the month ive had it already.. wireless signal is excellent everywhere in my house
     
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    The old WRT54G v1.1 that you have is an awesome router when opensource firmware(Tomato, DD-WRT etc) is put on it, from everything I have read. I have been researching quite a bit about it recently. Why not buy another one used on ebay? This is what I just did. Make sure to get version 4 or below of this router since higher versions have lower amounts of flash memory making it difficult(and sometimes impossible) to put open source firmware on them.

    The WRT54GL is the same as the WRT54G router version 4. As I said above, after version 4 the WRT54G router's RAM and flash memory were cut in half and a non openource firmware(VxWorks) was put on the routers. This turned off a lot of people who wanted to flash the router with opensource firmware. Seeing there was a demand for this, Linksys re-released the version 4 of this router and called it the "GL".

    So in short, if this router was good for you, you might want to save your money and go for a used version of the router on ebay.
     
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    houstoned Yoga Pants Connoisseur.

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    is yur computer(s) wireless-n compatible?

    if u are stickin with wireless-n, i would recommend the d-link dir-655 or a DD-WRT compatible linksys router (WRT-150n, WRT-350n v1).
     
  7. N00d13s

    N00d13s is too legit to quit!

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    i've had a Dlink Dir-625 for a few months and it's been working great for me.
     
  8. Modly

    Modly Warranty Voider

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    I'm pretty happy with my Buffalo (WHR-HP-G54) with DD-WRT. Has fairly good wireless signal, and has been solid since I bought it over a year ago. Since they are now legal to sell in the US again, they should be at fair prices again shortly...
     
  9. MaX PL

    MaX PL Notebook Deity

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    yeh thanks for the suggestions. ive put tomato on the router but i think its still busted. i may perhaps try to set it all up one last time, but i just dont think it'll work.

    as for buying it again, to be honest i kinda want something new. i may go for the GL and not necessarily because you can flash it. i dont particuarly care for open source firmware, i just want something that is reliable and effective.

    and thanks everyone for your other suggestions, before ordering the GL online, since Bestbuy doesnt sell it, i'll try out a few of the D link models you all suggested. i'm kinda hesitant to do so considering the DIR 628 is not working well, but perhaps its just a faulty product.
     
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    I just got the DIR 628 yesterday and I've experienced a couple of "Page cannot load". I don't know if it just needs a firmware upgrade tho...

    Have you tried upgrading the firmware? I would try and upgrade it before returning it back to Best Buy. If you decide to do it, let us know how it goes.
     
  11. MaX PL

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    well i actually just started using the DIR 628 again. it runs better than before, pages dont seem to load as slow.

    but with this router, unlike with my old one, i cant load certain sites such as engadget or apple trailers; they'll load but it'll take forever. with my old router and just about any router ive previously used, i have no problem connecting to these sites.

    well anyway, i may go exchange it at bestbuy for something else tomorrow; i'm still debating it. i do have a N card on my laptop and the DIR 628 supports wireless N, but i honestly have no need for it.

    i was happy with wireless G and may exchange this router for a cheaper one that just uses wireless B and G.

    anyway, Daskid let me know how things work out. oh and yes i upgraded the firmware first thing after i opened the box. i'm using ver. 1.13
     
  12. The Fire Snake

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    I see, you want something new to try. But as I said the GL is the same WRT54 router version 4 just re-released.

    You might not be very big into opensource, but I have read in many instances that the open source firmware works much better than the firmware released by the manufacturer of the router. In effect the router just works better with the opensource firmware.
     
  13. MaX PL

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    what about rolling back firmware?

    if i was to put tomato or anything else on it, could i go back to factory firmware if i wanted to?

    also, i dont know if i'm understanding correctly. i thought you said ver. 4 and have less memory than previous models. if that so, how will the GL, apparently the same thing as the ver. 4 router, how will i be able to put open source firmware on it?
     
  14. Wirelessman

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    Whatever router, but do not buy Belkin, they are the worst in the market.
     
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    Every DIR655 I've ever seen has worked perfectly. I don't know why but the DIR628 is always given terrible reviews while the 655 gets great ones. You can find it for $99.99 somewhere generally though it might be a bit more if you just stop at a random brick and mortor store.
     
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    sgogeta4 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Just picked up a D-Link DIR-655 for Boxing Day for $80 at Best Buy (Canada). :)
     
  17. The Fire Snake

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    Yes.

    No, version 5 and above of the Linksys WRT54G have the reduced memory. Linksys WRT54GL is the same as the LinksysWRT54G version 4. It will work fine with the full size of the open source firmware. Check out this link for more specifics.
     
  18. Wirelessman

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    Just be careful of bricking the router.
     
  19. MaX PL

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    well thanks everyone.

    i'll take a look at the dir 655 even though its at my max spending limit. i dont really think routers should cost over 50 bucks personally...

    also, if i'm disappointed with the 655 i'll definitely order the GL from Newegg. Bestbuy doesnt sell it so i cant try it out in store whilst the 655 is available in store.
     
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