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antdude
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A good Netgear wireless router with gigaspeed wired?

Uh oh. I just had a major lag tonight on my LAN. My old Linksys WRT54GL router didn't respond back to my pings either. I think my router is getting worse (already tried resetting back to default factories a few weeks ago when the router did random rare 1-2 seconds disconnections) so I better start looking for a new one.

It looks like there is a post-Christmas sale. Any suggestions on what to get for cheap for a small house (two floors) and that work well for hardwired (giga speed), wireless, and third party firmware support from »www.salescircular.com/ca/compute···np.shtml list?

Thank you in advance.
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DelmarPip
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join:2011-10-15
Brownsville, TX

NETGEAR JNR3210



PeeWee
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join:2001-10-21
Madera, CA
reply to antdude

WNR3500L
I just got one two months ago> I am very happy with it. Running on Shibby's Tomato. Selling cheap everywhere, Newegg included.
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tmaertin
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Antdude - hopefully this gives you a very Merry Xmas...

Newegg currently has this coupon code for 15% of any Netgear router (good until today 12/30/12):
BTEJHHF37

I went with the Netgear WNDR4500. They were also giving away a $20 promo gift card at the time i bought. This router handles 2 media boxes, an xbox 360, 4 computers (2 gigabit wired and 2 wireless), two tablets and one phone. At $150 it is a bit expensive, but worth it IMHO. With 15% that $150 becomes $127.50 plus free shipping and no tax...not bad for an open source, gigabit, dual 450mbps band router.
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PeeWee
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Madera, CA

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said by tmaertin:

Antdude - hopefully this gives you a very Merry Xmas...

Newegg currently has this coupon code for 15% of any Netgear router (good until today 12/30/12):
BTEJHHF37

I went with the Netgear WNDR4500. They were also giving away a $20 promo gift card at the time i bought. This router handles 2 media boxes, an xbox 360, 4 computers (2 gigabit wired and 2 wireless), two tablets and one phone. At $150 it is a bit expensive, but worth it IMHO. With 15% that $150 becomes $127.50 plus free shipping and no tax...not bad for an open source, gigabit, dual 450mbps band router.



Do the complained about issues in the feed back forums get addressed with alternate firmware? Tomato/OpenWRT?
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PGHammer

join:2003-06-09
Accokeek, MD

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Or any of the WNDR series routers (except MAYBE the WNDR-37AV) with gigabit wired support. I have a new WNDR-3700v4 (replaced a WNR-3500v1) which I am absolutely tickled with - so far.

First off is the gigabit wired support - it is more solid than my WNR3500v1 is in that area (which, naturally, leads to the nasty suspicion that said router is about to croak).

Second is the IPv6 support - it's there; just disabled by default. (I have an idea why it's turned off; fortunately, turning it on is simple enough.) This router is new enough that it's lacking third-party firmware support - however, the usual reasons WHY it would need it may not be an issue for most.

Third - ease of configuration. On the IPv4 side, it took all of seven minutes, and most of that was due to the router itself having a separate password from the network passphrase(s) - something I was not used to.

Last (and far from least) not only are multiple SSIDs the default, but so is a separate isolated guest section. Even better, the separate SSIDs also have separate passwords (from each other and from the router). This is a feature I actually put to use; I metioned that Mom - not me - was the big driver for buying a beefier router, as her (wired) desktop had frequent connection dropouts, and she recently got herself a SAMSUNG *smart* (Internet-connectable) TV (the model is UN40EH5003FXZA, if you want to be picky - smart/Internet-connectable, but no 3D, which is the purview of the pricier UN40EH6003FXZA). In addition to being able to stream to the TV, said TV also supports the 5 GHz high-N band (right now, the TV has the band to itself). After re-running the TV's Network Setup wizard (which had been configured to use the older single-band N router the WNDR replaced), I was up and connected on the 5 GHz band. Here's the surprise - wired connections are faster, wireless-N connections are ALSO faster, and that is DESPITE my having toughened the security aspect of said connections to dual WPA2 (TKIP+AES - one step below WPA2 Enterprise, which I'm not set up for) *and* adding IPv6. That means that this router (and the firmware - which is itself open-source) has some serious pony-power.

USB for NAS (or possibly for printing) is available (as has been the case with previous versions of this router) so expansion is available when you need or want it. (This is not a biggie right now, as most have pointed out, PCs have MUCH faster connections than the router - this or any other - generally would for NAS; however, I may yet move my *printer* to it for sharing/wireless/AirPrint for iDevices.)

Not shabby at all for a router that is still under $100USD retail.