I need to get a new router for my Vista-Ultimate machines and I would very much like to have your suggestions for which one I should consider.
I'm not a gamer and my puters are used primarily for internet/email. I would like to keep the setup simple for my benefit but I don't mind paying more for a quality router that gives me some future proofing.
I currently have an old Linksys BEFSR-41 V.2 (last available firmware update is in 2004)
My ISP has increased speeds and now my old router is limiting my download speed.
My setup is as follows:
Cable Modem D-Link DCM-202
Linksys BEFSR 41-V.2
2-Vista Ultimate Desktops with Ethernet connection to Linksys Router and modem
1-Laptop (4 yrs old) with Ethernet connection to Router/Modem and I have a Dell TrueMobile 2300 WAP
My Vista boxes use the ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe mobo w/Dual Gigabit LAN Controllers
I don't think I really need a wireless router but that is certainly acceptable if it makes sense to have it. I don't use my Laptop wireless except when I travel. Around the house it usually stays connected via Ethernet to my router
I know this question get asked a billion times but I would appreciate any suggestion you might have
Most wireless routers allow you to hardwire up to 4 computers so it really makes sense to get wireless, you're likely to need it some time. If your not transferring a lot of data between the computers and wireless G would work. I have a ZyXEL X 550 that I've had no problems with and very easy to set up. Buffalo, Linksys, Netgear, and D Link are all reputable. MIMO increases the wireless signal and good to have but not a must if you're on a tight budget
One other thing to consider is that if you connect a slower PC (10/100 Meg-bit card) with other PCs that contain Giga-bit cards, the through put will throttle back to the system with the slowest speed.