Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Wireless Router Suggestions?

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » The DU Lounge Donate to DU
 
SPKrazy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:58 AM
Original message
Wireless Router Suggestions?
I've seen prices range from $30 to $180 in stores

I know there are differences in the broadcast power

I don't need one that sends a signal very far really

just downstairs :P

Any suggestions?

brands

what is really needed?

:hi:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:02 AM
Response to Original message
1. I have this one:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
SPKrazy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:07 AM
Response to Reply #1
5. thanks for the suggestion!
:hi:
:hug:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
petronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:14 AM
Response to Reply #5
8. I have that one as well - I can easily get a signal from downstairs on the lawn,
and I haven't had to touch it or reset it for at least a year...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
SPKrazy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:15 AM
Response to Reply #8
10. cool!
thanks!

:hi:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:32 AM
Response to Reply #1
12. I have that one, or its moral equivalent...
...and it has worked fine for years. Hundreds of feet of range, at least, which means we have to keep it locked down tight in our new neighborhood.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Coyote_Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:51 AM
Response to Reply #1
16. Me too and
you should know that the easy install software that comes with it is not Vista compatible. It does work juet fine with Vista after you do the manual install. And it has fairly decent range. Mine is at the south end of the house and the laptop is most frequently used at the north end of the house. Signal has to travel down a hallway and through several walls. I have had to reset it several times. But I've only had to reinstall it once and that was after a bad storm and a prolonged power outage.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
SPKrazy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:52 AM
Response to Reply #16
17. good to know
have vista

:(
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Coyote_Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 12:09 PM
Response to Reply #17
19. The manual install
Edited on Sat Nov-17-07 12:12 PM by Coyote_Bandit
is not hard. There is an online tech person who can walk you through it. And they may have updated the software since I purchased mine (September?). Since I learned how to do the manual install I haven't bothered to check. I just mention it because I know some of my family members would have major problems doing a manual install. Your mileage may vary. It is just something to be aware of while shopping. I have been very happy with the router otherwise.

edit for bad spelling caused by typing with burned fingers......
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:03 AM
Response to Original message
2. Call your provider and see if they'll upgrade you for free?
When I bought this place, I got the whole FiOS set up. While they were installing it, I asked if they had a router/modem that was also wireless. They hooked me up with the snazzy one I have now for free.

Just an idea.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
SPKrazy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:06 AM
Response to Reply #2
3. that's a thought
when i got the modem (cable) they sold it to me and i thought it was wireless but i was wrong :(

so i own it, whether they will upgrade or not i don't know

good thought though

thanks

:hi:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:32 AM
Response to Reply #3
11. The other nice thing is packaged tech support.
No "well, we can ping your router so it's not our problem. Good luck!" anymore.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:07 AM
Response to Reply #2
4. not a bad idea...i had a wifi modem for a while...it worked pretty well
the modem had a wifi router built in. i also have a linksys 802.11b wifi router that i use now, and it does everything i need it to. i connect with the laptop and run a vonage line through it, so i'm not all that high-use with it, but it works just fine.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
SPKrazy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:15 AM
Response to Reply #4
9. I had DSL
at my house

but for some reason when I moved out, the apartment I moved into isn't able to get DSL :wtf:

So I had to get cable

:hi:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 12:03 PM
Response to Reply #2
18. Comcast charges me $2/mo
But they tech support it and replace it if it goes out (had to do that once) which makes it the best $2 I've spent in some time.

I'd second the "let your isp deal with it" suggestion.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:08 AM
Response to Original message
6. they're all the same at the 40-50 dollar level
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
SPKrazy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:14 AM
Response to Reply #6
7. okay,
is that a good level to look at for what i'm thinking of?

just a small area to cover really

don't need to broadcast a signal far at all

:shrug:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:33 AM
Response to Reply #7
13. something that doesn't broadcast the signal far at all
:shrug:

they're all faster than your cable/dsl line anyway
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:34 AM
Response to Original message
14. I've had Linksys and Netgear. Both work very well for me.
I have a Linksys right now. It broadcasts throughout my house and has given me no trouble in the year that I've owned it. It's not a top of the line model, but it works. Setup was pretty easy too.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
SPKrazy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:39 AM
Response to Reply #14
15. thanks!
:hi:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Wed Jul 30th 2014, 12:22 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » The DU Lounge Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC