So I have had pretty much every cheap router out there, from Netgear, Linksys, etc. My Linksys WRT54G has worked fine for the past two years and I have been using third party firmware with good success. Well the other day the router died on me and now I am in the market for something new.
I can get a WRT54G for around $60, but I am wondering if I would be better off spending some more money for a higher quality product?
I am also looking at the Belkin Pre-N router..seems the added range would be nice and it is getting decent user reviews.
The Linksys offered decent coverage in my house, but not the best. The router is in the basement, while the rest of the connection are made one floor above. 90% of the time I am on a wired connection (CAT 5 in most of the rooms), but there are times I like to be outside or on the couch via the wireless. Right now I only have a mini-pci wireless B card in my laptop.
What I am looking for:
2. Good Signal Strength & Quality
3. Feature (I like to play around with it)
Any suggestions on brands and models?
Thanks for the input!
PS - I am sure this has been asked many times before, I am kind of in a rush to replace my dead router, so I appreciate any help on this matter.
The WRT54G is probably the best bang for the buck wireless router out there right now. I'd stay away from belkin for wireless stuff, I have never seen one work decently if at all lol.
If you want higher end than the WRT54G you will spend lots of money and not find an all in one unit. You would enter the relm of Cisco where just uttering the name will cost you $100 lol. If you want to make sure you get good signal anywhere and have a big wallet Aironet is for you You might be able to find an 1100 b/g accesspoint for about $400 if you are lucky.
or just move your wireless upstairs for better coverage. Get a BEFSR41 for a router in your basement and a WAP54G to plug in upstairs for wireless.
Besides the price the problem you'll have with Cisco wireless gear is they are AP only or AP/Bridge only. No routing on their wireless equipment. If you want to take a step up then look at Buffalo wireless. buffalotech.com They bridge the gap between the budget and enterprise equipment. I've installed everything from Belkin (was bought by the customer) to Cisco (did that for a living). For the money, I recommend Buffalo. You'll pay a bit more but it's not extreme and it is worth it for those who want quality gear without breaking the bank.