1.) To watch Netflix I plan to split my Cat5e line currently hooked to my AT&T U-verse box with a router and hook to both my TV and U-Verse box. I don't plan to use wireless anytime soon, but I wouldn't mind having wireless capability in the router if it's a really great deal. I've come up with a few options and would like to know what you would suggest (out of these or your own suggestion...the links provided are for user reviews, and may or may not be actually where I plan to buy from).
2.) Would I need to do any firmware updates to these routers before I could just hook them up to my U-Verse box and TV, or should they be good to go right out of the box?
3.) My U-Verse modem has wireless capability. Should I just get the $11.17 router because by the time I would want to use anything wireless the technology would either be too far ahead of anything I would buy now or I could get something newer/better for cheaper later than anything I would buy now (and don't see myself using anytime soon)?
4.) Should I hook up both my TV and Blu-ray player (get a 3rd cat5e cable to run from the router instead of 2) to make sure they are getting their firmware updates, or could I just periodically switch the Cat5e cable between them to check?
I ended up going with the refurbished...I didn't have any answers on here yet when I decided. I really hope it works fine. The $0.99 wires offer had expired (the free shipping part) and I didn't want to lose out on another deal.
I could imagine wireless for me in the future, but not the near future...and probably not for video streaming.
I should have just bought a Cat5e crimper tool and some caps because I have tons of extra wire going into my U-Verse box.
The refurbished router needed to have it's IP address cahnged because it was trying to use the same IP or something too close to the same IP as my modem from AT&T U-Verse. The customer service from cisco/linksys was extremely polite and helpful in helping me figure out what was wrong and guiding me through how to fix it.
I've had it do something weird just one time since I've had it hooked up to my AT&T DVR box. It looked like the connection was lost somehow. I had it disconnected while waiting on my Cat5e cables to come for the TV and Blu-ray. I've had it hooked up to all three devices for about 1/2 a week now with no issues yet. It might have just needed to be powered off and back on. It was a great <$15 total spent if I don't have to keep resetting it too much...too early to tell, but I just wanted to share how this is going before I chose a best answer...which there's only 1 reply, but still.