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May 23, 2010 11:28:48 PM

Hey guys,

I feel it's time to upgrade my router, my current one is falling apart :p 

It's a D-link DI-624+ and it's about 5 years + old
The antenna is loose and when I pull out the power cable it requires 99999 tries to get it powered again.

But the main reason is that I notice a lot of speed loss when using wireless vs cable (14 mbps vs 30 mbps)


So that's what I'm here for:
Can you guys recommend me any brand that stands out?
Any type that delivers excellent quality, speed, range, tunability for a good price?

On some forum they also told me I really had to change the DI-624+ because it just wasn't capable to deliver a good bandwith/speed nowadays (only max 54 mbps or something)
So I'm eager to get a new up-to-date router to fully use my internet speed wireless.


This are some requirements:
- Also needs to have like 3-4 ports for cables (switch is the name I think) So I can link up 2-4 desktops to it wired.
- Good wireless range & strength capable to give me good internet speed wireless.
- I liked the layout of the control panel of the DI-624+ a lot (open ports, manage stuff, ...) So I would like one where you can also manage ports, networks easily.

Some clarification on these points would also be nice:
- Fact: My ISP gives me 30 mbps download and 1,5 mbps upload speed.
- Question: When I look at the wireless connection icon in windows, I see speed: 54mbps, what does that stand for?
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- Question: that router has down 24 and up 3,5 mbps, so I won't be able to fully use my internet speed? (ISP speed > Router speed)
- That router also has ethernet ports (The ones I would also like) what does the 10/100 mbps speed means on them?

More about : choosing router

Anonymous
a b F Wireless
May 24, 2010 12:49:06 PM

You may have good reason to change your router but speed probably isn't one of them -- wireless is always slower than wired.

The 54mbps indicated is meaningless it merely means that it's connected to a g compatible device.

Probably the 30mbps promise by your ISP is qualified by the magic phrase "up to".

The 10/100 on the wired ports is just an indication that it conforms to both the 10 and the 100 mbps ethernet standards. The old standard only supported up to 10mb and the newer standard supports up to 100.
May 24, 2010 1:09:29 PM

If speed isn't the reason why I should replace my 5+ year old router, then what is it that has improved over the years?

The ISP is pretty good, I actually do get 27-28 mbps when using wired connection.
It's just, the difference with wireless is huge, I get like 6-15 mbps wireless.

Updated list of things I would like the new router to have:
- New technology (speed, connectivity, range, stability improvements?)
- Easy to manage
- optional: I can hook up a external HD to it so all pc's can connect to that HD
- 3-6 ethernet ports

If speed isn't a reason to change my router, then what are the special features that make that there are hundreds of different routers at prices ranging from 10-200$?

Huge thanks ;) 
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Anonymous
a b F Wireless
May 24, 2010 1:17:56 PM

You can probably improve your wireless speed simply by optimising reception -- experiment with channels, raise the router above furnishings, relocate cordless phone base or video sender away from router or computer. If you can detect strong neighbouring wifi, choose a channel 5 stops from the strongest.

If you go for wireless n or mimo you may experience better reception but it may not make as much difference as the above.


Price differences between the big brands and the lesser known are probably mainly accounted for by better support -- wireless brands all use a small pool of chipset makers.

Preferences come down to things like Dlink offer lots of features but I think the setup screens are confusing and I prefer Netgear's simpler, more elegant approach .
May 24, 2010 1:23:27 PM

Some people pointed me to the Airport Extreme, from Apple.
It has easy setup, supports a lot of things, you can connect a external HDD with it, has ethernet ports etc.
It is about exactly what I want, but it comes with a price ^^

So are there lower priced routers that can do similar things?

When looking at Newegg I'm getting confused by all the different choices :) 

( 1 x 10/100M2050410145 1255818781 1140010207 (2)
1 x 10/100M WAN; 1 x 10/100M LAN2050410145 1255818781 1140017498 (1)
1 x 10/100M WAN; 3 x 10/100M LAN2050410145 1255818781 1140050162 (1)
1 x RJ11 WAN; 4 x 10/100M LAN2050410145 1255818781 1140022399 (4)
1 x 10/100M WAN; 4 x 10/100M LAN2050410145 1255818781 1140010244 (65)
1 x 10/100M WAN; 8 x 10/100M LAN2050410145 1255818781 1140010245 (1
1 x 10/100M WAN; 4 x 10/100/1000M LAN2050410145 1255818781 1140016717(1)
2 x 10/100M WAN; 8 x 10/100M LAN2050410145 1255818781 1140020588(1)
4 x 10/100M2050410145 1255818781 1140020591(5)
4 x 10/100/1000M2050410145 1255818781 1140027545(6)
1 x 10/100/1000M WAN; 4 x 10/100/1000M LAN2050410145 1255818781 1140021051(21)
Wireless Data Rates
Up to 54Mbps2050410145 1255818781 1132809980 (25)
Up to 108Mbps2050410145 1255818781 1132809982 (2)
Up to 125Mbps2050410145 1255818781 1132813244 (1)
Up to 150Mbps2050410145 1255818781 1132839888 (16))

Etc ^^
Anonymous
a b F Wireless
May 24, 2010 1:31:10 PM

Apple with PC ? -- result unAppiness.

One problem is that Apple just doesn't seem to take any notice of industry standard terminology. While Microsoft may be happy to eventually ape vague Apple terms like "WPA Personal" most router makers stick with the old terms.
May 24, 2010 1:36:28 PM

Lol :p 

I have a MacBook pro, but all other pc's and laptops are windows, so the airport extreme doesn't like them?

I did a questionary and it gave me this result:

1. Linksys WRT300N - Score: 132
High bandwidth (Draft-N) router with a 3-year manufacturer's warranty.

2. Netgear WGR-614 - Score: 121
Affordable 802.11g router with a 3-year manufacturer's warranty
Guide Review

3. Linksys WRT54G - Score: 120
Popular 802.11g router with a 1-year manufacturer's warranty

4. Belkin N1 (F5D8230-4) - Score: 118
High bandwidth (Draft-N) router with a limited lifetime warranty.
Guide Review

5. D-Link DI-624 - Score: 118
Affordable 802.11g router with a 3-year manufacturer warranty
Guide Review

Any good in here?
May 24, 2010 9:32:50 PM

a bit too pricy
Is there a router that has following things between 0 and 100$?
- New technology (speed, connectivity, range, stability improvements?)
- Easy to manage (setup network, open ports, good for gaming, good for LAN)
- optional: I can hook up a external HD to it so all pc's can connect to that HD
- 3-6 ethernet ports
!