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Basic (cheap) wireless router recommendation for home [closed]

Basic (cheap) wireless router recommendation for home [closed]

So, it looks like within a couple weeks we will finally be graduating from dial-up (a super user on dial-up? I know, I know). My dad has tasked me with finding out about a wireless router; he seems to just want something basic and dependable. So, not being too experienced with wireless routers myself, I decided to pass the buck, so to speak.

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Guest [Entry]

"The most common wireless router that is typically a fan favorite is the Linksys WRT54G/GS. You can use Tomato or DD-WRT ROMs if you want uber-nerd options. It's fairly mature and well supported.

If you want something a little more heavy duty with a few different features (and have money to spare), I'd suggest the DLink DWL-3200AP. It's probably overkill for your situation as the price is much higher than the Linksys one, but I figured to offer an alternative. It's really geared more towards businesses than consumers but I figured you might want a more ""rugged"" alternative. I own a DWL-3200AP and it's extremely rugged, with solid software and is relatively flexible in comparison to DDWRT/Tomato and the like.

P.S. Make sure to use a good power strip or (if you have the means) a UPS. I've owned about 3 WRT54GS and most of them died out as I didn't use a power strip on the first one. The second one eventually died out with a crappy power strip. The third one is held up as it was attached to my UPS. Power spikes happen all the time and as far as I'm concerned, consumer level devices don't hold up too well to power fluctuations whether they be spikes or brown-outs."
Guest [Entry]

"I would highly recommend not getting a wrt54G. They used to be the gold standard, run it ot of the box solution but since cisco bought them out they have really gone downhill on quality. I can't speak to the wrt54gl thought I think it has better underling hardware (more RAM etc.).

I've been happy with the netgear I recently bought. I've found the setup for the netgear to be much more user friendly."