Skip to comments.Need help choosing a new Wireless Router.
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.
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.
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.
I have the same router, it’s worked well for more years than I can count.
Never, ever, ever again, or for any organization where I have any purchasing authority.
Just like Compaq after HP. Turned to crap and lied.
I have a Linksys wrt110, what’s the difference between the two models?
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.
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.
Anythign that can run the DD-WRT firmware is a good router:
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,.
My wife picked this one up and it works great. Pretty decent range also.
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 :-)
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. :)
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.
I bought a LINKSYS WRT54G from WalMart a long time ago,
still going strong!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am given to believe this is the nature of wireless routers in general.
I see that unit has three antennas. Does the that matter? I currently have one and it worked well.
Love, love, love my new cisco valet. Foolproof.
Thanks. I will give that a try. It just seems odd that all of a sudden it stopped working.
I'll second that !
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.
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!"
Ah yes. Funny guys Art and Jackie!
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.
I would look for IPv6 support in any new wireless router.
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.
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.
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.
VERY cool chart......thank you!
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.
I have also had both Linksys and the Netgear.
The Netgear has been hassle free.
I have Belkin 600. I am very happy with it...
Started out with Linksys for the first 5 years or so, now Netgear...cheaper and more reliable than Linksys...no question.
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.
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.
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.
I wasn’t referring to connection speed, I was referring the arcane nomenclature and convoluted setup process.
"...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."
Sure hope e4200v2 (N900) router lasts! Paid $200 for it! The reviews were mostly positive. Setup easy. Toss disk in and follow instructions.
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.