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Need help choosing a new Wireless Router.
vanity ^ | 03-18-12 | Lazlo in PA

Posted on 03/18/2012 3:48:29 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA

I believe that my Trendnet TEW-432BRP Wireless Router is kaput. I get a signal from it on my laptop and Blue Ray player with WiFi. I do not get any internet service from it though. I believe that the unit is not receiving info from my Cisco cable modem. I eliminated the wireless and hard wired the computer directly to the cable modem and I have internet access.

Since I believe my router has failed, does anyone have any ideas on replacing it? I tried to research it and it gave me a headache. I am hoping to spend under $50 and I have a rather large house that I need to cover. The Trendnet was very good at covering the house and even the barn.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: advise; computers; internet; wirelessmodem; wirelessrouter
This is the unit I have currently...

http://www.trendnet.com/products/proddetail.asp?status=view&prod=165_TEW-432BRP

1 posted on 03/18/2012 3:48:44 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA
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To: Lazlo in PA

I can’t be much of a help but can put in a good word for my old reliable Linksys WRT54G. Find them often on Ebay and love mine.


2 posted on 03/18/2012 3:52:53 PM PDT by pollywog ("O Thou who changest not, abide with me.".......)
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To: Lazlo in PA
I won't make a recommendation, but I have struck Linksys/Cisco from the approved vendor list because of their outright lies on technical specifications.

/johnny

3 posted on 03/18/2012 3:53:13 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Lazlo in PA
If you are kind of techie, the dir-655 is the best in my opinion. Lots of features and control. It is reasonably priced, too for a gigabit router.

http://www.dlink.com/DIR-655

I have both the 655 and the 855 and daisy chain them for added security. I run webdav and a web page through the dir-655.

4 posted on 03/18/2012 3:54:31 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: pollywog

“Linksys WRT54G”

I have the same router, it’s worked well for more years than I can count.


5 posted on 03/18/2012 3:55:47 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: pollywog
Old used linksys, yes. New linksys/cisco? Never.

Never, ever, ever again, or for any organization where I have any purchasing authority.

Just like Compaq after HP. Turned to crap and lied.

/johnny

6 posted on 03/18/2012 3:56:52 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Jean S

I have a Linksys wrt110, what’s the difference between the two models?


7 posted on 03/18/2012 4:01:03 PM PDT by brivette
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To: pollywog

I’ve had my 2WIRE since 2006 and has never failed me. Speeds of 54 mbps using wifi alone. It’s like my old Maxtor external hard drives that keep working until today.


8 posted on 03/18/2012 4:01:28 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Lazlo in PA

Had a D-Link WBR-2310 that went kaput on me about a year ago, so now I have the Buffalo Technology WZR-HP-G300NH. The Linksys WRT54G router is a good solid router, they’ve been around for years and last for a long time as well. I got the router that I have specifically because it was the most affordable “N-router” on the market at the time I got it. Has three antennas (two external and one internal) so it provides good transmit and receive coverage.


9 posted on 03/18/2012 4:04:57 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Anythign that can run the DD-WRT firmware is a good router:

http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/support/router-database

You can use the site above to search to see if the router model number supports it.

DD-WRT works really good as a firmware and has many more options than the default firmware,.


10 posted on 03/18/2012 4:07:28 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Lazlo in PA

Netgear WNDR3700

http://www.netgear.com/home/products/wirelessrouters/high-performance/wndr3700.aspx

My wife picked this one up and it works great. Pretty decent range also.


11 posted on 03/18/2012 4:09:39 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: brivette

No clue. I love my router is the best that I can add to the conversation.

I will be following this thread because mine will die someday :-)


12 posted on 03/18/2012 4:09:50 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: Lazlo in PA

I’ve used D-Link’s for years. Overall, pretty happy with ‘em.

Before you trash your existing router, try one thing: You’re getting a good ‘radio’ signal but not connecting to the Internet. Do you have a lot of neighbors nearby with wireless routers? If so (and I have this very situation), realize that routers come preset on certain channels; for example, channel 11 is very common. How many people even know these things have channels, let alone how to change them? Zip. Soooo....you have a bunch of people in a relatively small area vying for the same channel.

Try going into your router’s settings and choose a different channel. Any one; doesn’t matter. Reboot the router and then see what happens. You may have to try several to find one that isn’t really being used by your neighbors.

Worth a shot before you trash it and order a new one. I know....I learned this one the hard way. :)


13 posted on 03/18/2012 4:11:44 PM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Lazlo in PA

my Cisco 4200 has worked flawlessly for over a year. You can even rig up sharing music and films throughout your home.

Mine is a V1, the V2 is probably better.

If you do a little homework you’ll be much better off.

This is one component you really don’t want to scrimp on.


14 posted on 03/18/2012 4:13:26 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Lazlo in PA; Jean S

I bought a LINKSYS WRT54G from WalMart a long time ago,
still going strong!


15 posted on 03/18/2012 4:19:49 PM PDT by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2012!)
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To: RightOnline
1, 6 and 11 are common channels. Most routers that come right out of the box are set to "Auto" in that they'll pick a channel and most often than not, they'll pick channel 1 which picks up interference from 2.4 GHz cordless phones making the router seem unrepsonsive.

Here's a handy chart in picking wifi channels that won't overlap, starting with the common ones at the top and the next best alternatives under those.

 

There's so much wifi activity in my neighborhood that a few of us smart ones are on channels 2 or 7.   I happen to be using channel 8 in my neighborhood and I'm the only one on that channel so far.


16 posted on 03/18/2012 4:19:58 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: RightOnline

Try rebooting (unplug for 30 seconds) the router and the cable modem. Last year at this time I had a DSL modem and a Linksys (Cisco) router, they did not like each other. At least two times per day they had to be rebooted so they could talk to each other. My DSL provider solved my problem by giving me a DSL modem with built in router and wireless capabaliity. Have not rebooted in over a year, knock on wood.


17 posted on 03/18/2012 4:21:46 PM PDT by Bruce Kurtz
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To: brivette

WRT-54G is an 802.11 G capable product only while the WRT110 supports 802-11N. Further transmission range and overall speed with Wireless N but not so much ig you are running on a laptop with an 802.11 G device. If it is wireless N capable router it is best coupled with a wireless N capable card or device in say a laptop.

I have used Linksys, D-Link, Netgear products and have had good luck with all of them. If you are using a desktop I find it best to match the card in the computer to the router as they frequently offer enhanced throughput.


18 posted on 03/18/2012 4:23:04 PM PDT by 100American (Knowledge is knowing how, Wisdom is knowing when)
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To: musicman

Had both netgear and linksys. The netgears have worked the best and been the easiest to install and run.

I think I’ve gone through two linksys routers and both died unexpectedly after the warranties ran out.

Other than maybe resetting (powering off/on) a few times as part of the overall cable modem reset process, this one (am at work - can’t remember model) hasn’t been touched since put in 18 mos/2 years back.


19 posted on 03/18/2012 4:25:01 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: Bruce Kurtz

Oh rebooting the modem (TW Cable replaced it) and the router (I replaced that, as well) were all done over and over and over and over and over again. No effect beyond temporary. It’s a pain in the rear.

Channel surfing on the router has helped a lot, but still hasn’t eradicated the problem completely.


20 posted on 03/18/2012 4:25:19 PM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Lazlo in PA

bump


21 posted on 03/18/2012 4:29:38 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Democrats love direct democracy until it's time to vote on something. Then they scream for a judge)
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To: Lazlo in PA
I have made my living programming computers for a number of years now. And the router I own -- a belkin Staples special -- seems to work most of the time but did take an entire evening to figure out how to set up -- including a support call to -- i think it was the phillipines - and which still takes forever to actually connect to my laptop each time I boot, and with which any encounter longer than said automatic connection I dread tremendously.

I am given to believe this is the nature of wireless routers in general.

22 posted on 03/18/2012 4:30:11 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (knowledge puffeth; information deludeth.)
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To: dhs12345

I see that unit has three antennas. Does the that matter? I currently have one and it worked well.


23 posted on 03/18/2012 4:31:29 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Love, love, love my new cisco valet. Foolproof.


24 posted on 03/18/2012 4:32:30 PM PDT by sheana
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To: RightOnline

Thanks. I will give that a try. It just seems odd that all of a sudden it stopped working.


25 posted on 03/18/2012 4:34:35 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: dhs12345; Lazlo in PA
If you are kind of techie, the dir-655 is the best in my opinion. Lots of features and control. It is reasonably priced, too for a gigabit router.

I'll second that !

Bulletproof.


26 posted on 03/18/2012 4:36:47 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

More antennas the better. You effectively double your transmit and receive distance with three antennas over two. Same with network cards on your desktop machine. Some routers let you configure your antennas differently, say all three antennas transmit and receive, or two transmit and three receives or one transmits and two receives. All depends on how much area you want to cover. Mine are set for 2 transmit and three receive and works well.


27 posted on 03/18/2012 4:37:49 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Plug a cable into the router and see if you can talk to it.


28 posted on 03/18/2012 4:42:24 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: jwalsh07
Plug a cable into the router and see if you can talk to it.

Reminds me of an old Honeymooners episode:

Ralph (reading from an instruction manual): "Address the ball!"

Norton: "Hello, ball!"

29 posted on 03/18/2012 4:46:07 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Lazlo in PA
If you're not familiar with router setup and troubleshooting use this.
30 posted on 03/18/2012 4:46:15 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Revolting cat!

Ah yes. Funny guys Art and Jackie!


31 posted on 03/18/2012 4:47:51 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Lazlo in PA
You may first wish to check with your ISP and see what routers they support. Not a one size fits all type of thing.

I just trashed my 10 year old Linksys BECFMU10 Modem and WRTGS router (7 years old). Both still working, but had to power cycle several times a week and down load speeds s-l-o-w.

Replaced with Motorola modem Sb6121. Linksys Router e4200v2. After reading a ton of reviews (Best B/Amazon). Works great. Download speeds increased by a factor of 4. Ping 14-20.

Disclaimer...only a week old. So time will tell.

32 posted on 03/18/2012 4:55:19 PM PDT by donozark (We're ALL Greeks now...)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

save


33 posted on 03/18/2012 5:08:31 PM PDT by varina davis (A real American patriot -- Gov. Rick Perry)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I would look for IPv6 support in any new wireless router.


34 posted on 03/18/2012 5:18:28 PM PDT by TChad
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To: Lazlo in PA

Ya. It seems to. The 655 has better range than my 855 (two antennas).

Important, keep it cool. Good to stand it on end or on a wire stand. I have had the 655 for several years and it still hasn’t failed. Previous routers only lasted a year or more. I attribute this to running hot. My network gear is in the basement where it is nice and cool and on wire racks so that they can breath.


35 posted on 03/18/2012 5:35:31 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: RightOnline

Consumer grade routers are cheaply made and highly susceptible to heat.

Do what you can to reduce the operating temperature by putting it in a cool place and setting it up off of the table. I found a wire rack/stand and so far no issues after four years.

Previous routers only lasted a year or so.


36 posted on 03/18/2012 5:48:27 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: donozark
They don't build them like they used to.

So far my modem has lasted 7 years (when we switched from dialup to high speed).

My modem is docsis 2.0 which continues to be solidly compatible. Comcast are slow to support docsis 3.0. I have looked at upgrading but we get very good speed without it.

Router: I have been forced to upgrade my router because my old routers died.

Wonder if you'll get the same performance out of your new Linksys.

37 posted on 03/18/2012 5:56:29 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: BigSkyFreeper

VERY cool chart......thank you!


38 posted on 03/18/2012 6:17:40 PM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I had something similar with a Cisco LinkSys. Turned out all I needed to do was change the IP address for the router. Works like a champ.


39 posted on 03/18/2012 6:49:56 PM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (.Are they stupid, malicious or evil?)
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To: wally_bert

I have also had both Linksys and the Netgear.

The Netgear has been hassle free.


40 posted on 03/18/2012 7:21:15 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Lazlo in PA

I have Belkin 600. I am very happy with it...


41 posted on 03/18/2012 7:52:21 PM PDT by doomtrooper99 (New Router)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Started out with Linksys for the first 5 years or so, now Netgear...cheaper and more reliable than Linksys...no question.


42 posted on 03/18/2012 7:54:54 PM PDT by Pharmboy (She turned me into a Newt...)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I have used Linksys and DLink consistently for over 14 years. However I made the leap to NetGear, their 4500 model, this past December after glowing reviews from both PC Magazine and MaximumPC. I paid premium price, but I value good solid hardware and will pay when it’s functions suite me to a tee. I switched because my 3 yr old Dlink 655 was failing (lost an ethernet port, and connectivity wasn’t steady). Note that the current price of a Dlink 655 is much cheaper, but the competitive Dlink and Linksys routers are equal or greater in price than the Netgear.

I was looking for two things specifically, coverage and the ability to separate my guest access via dual channel. Living directly in the path of several traveling family members, my home serves as an intra-family B&B, so guest access is critical.

The range on this thing is phenomenal, coverage in a 2200 sq ft home is 3 bars in the farthest corner (router positioned off center and at the back of the house). Connected to a dlink wireless AP that serves to extend the range to an addition on the back of the house that has brick wall between me and the main router.

I currently have 11 devices connected at all times (2 smart phones, 2 wired DVRs, 1 XBox, 1 Wii, 2 wired PCs, 1 printer, 1 wired Windows Home Server, and 1 Blu-Ray). When using my portable devices, I can walk between coverage of the AP and the Router and they switch flawlessy. I recently had family come into town for a tourney and there were 6+ devices also running on my Guest network.

My Dlink would have choked. In fact I was unable to use my Blu-Ray to stream an entire movie even though the Dlink was a mere 10 feet away with only 1/2” drywall in the way. Watched a movie off of Amazon without a blip on the Netgear.

Go to pcmag.com and maximumpc.com and read their router reviews before you buy.


43 posted on 03/18/2012 8:13:19 PM PDT by RedWing9 (Zero sucks... Jesus Rocks...)
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To: the invisib1e hand

No, it’s not the nature of wireless routers. Seems like you may have range or other interference issues. Mine connects damned fast whenever I reboot; has been that way with every wireless router I’ve owned (and that’s been quite a few). You may very well consider a new 802.11n router. Again, I’ve had pretty good luck with D-Link. They’re very flexible (LOTS of setup options), but not complicated to set up in the least.

They’re also quite inexpensive; can get an n-level (i.e. latest and greatest) unit for under $100.


44 posted on 03/19/2012 3:30:06 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: UriĀ’el-2012; The Invisible Hand; dhs12345; Lazlo in PA

Allow me to chime in. I’ve mentioned my long time use of D-Link wireless routers several times on this thread....and yep, I also use (and REALLY like) the DIR-655. Great unit.


45 posted on 03/19/2012 3:33:46 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: RightOnline

I wasn’t referring to connection speed, I was referring the arcane nomenclature and convoluted setup process.


46 posted on 03/19/2012 4:12:28 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (knowledge puffeth; information deludeth.)
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To: the invisib1e hand
I was responding to this part of your reply above:

"...and which still takes forever to actually connect to my laptop each time I boot, and with which any encounter longer than said automatic connection I dread tremendously."

47 posted on 03/19/2012 4:20:52 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: dhs12345
I stuck with Linksys. Have had good luck with their products. And that from lightning/tornado country. Tough on electronics.

Sure hope e4200v2 (N900) router lasts! Paid $200 for it! The reviews were mostly positive. Setup easy. Toss disk in and follow instructions.

48 posted on 03/19/2012 4:54:19 AM PDT by donozark (We're ALL Greeks now...)
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To: RightOnline

Right. I dread the router. And the connection time takes longer than it should. But tracking down the issue means dealing with the router, which I dread.


49 posted on 03/19/2012 5:05:11 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (knowledge puffeth; information deludeth.)
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