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    Looking for a new wireless router

    I wasn't sure where to put this post, but I figured that this could come close. I want to find a wireless router that is very efficient (cost/work), while providing the ability to be configured to be extremely safe.

    I'm looking in the price range of 50-100 (US).

    So far been looking at 802.11g with WEP & WPA2.

    Also, does anyone have a tutorial about wireless routers and their attributes?

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    http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satel...VisitorWrapper

    I have a linksys router and im very satified with it. as for the tut, try looking under the tutorials here.
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    I have had a lot of problems with Belkin routers over the last few years, overheating, constantly needing power cycling etc, so I would not reccomend them to you!

    Allthough it may just be a case of me getting shitty ones, i dont know!
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    I've been hearing a lot of good things about the Lynksys router. The fact that they are owned by Cisco makes them sound more appealing. What model do you recommend?

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    I would suggest this : http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satel...VisitorWrapper

    thats the one I have, and i have had no probs with it... I did update the firmware just as a precationary measure

    fyi: I also had a netgear router before this one and never had any probs with it either.
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    Just my $.02:

    Linksys Router: The WRT54G and GS are very popular since they open sourced it. Two 3rd parties that have written firmware for it that expands the capabilities are Sveasoft's Talisman / Alchemy and OpenWRT. Just dont expect Linksys to cover it if you install 3rd party firmware. You get a lot of functionality for around $50-70, comparable to some of the few hundred dollars. Just dont expect too much reliablity. I junked mine after resetting it a lot of times ( I think the count was probably around 30-40 ). I'm currently using the WET54G, very very nice piece of hardware for the money. But its not a router .

    D-Link: Cant really say I like them. The one that I had kept rebooting and in general was pretty annoying. I didnt really like the user interface either.

    Belkin: Currently using the Pre-N router. Lots of range, user interface is decent. Didnt have the issue with power cycling and what not. Had it for about 2-3 months? Havent had any issues with it yet. Interface is clean and simple.

    Cisco: Currently using the 877W. What can I say, its a Cisco. Top notch reliablity, havent had any issues yet ( aside from misconfiguration, but thats because of me not the hardware ). The web interface is simple enough, but doesnt really show the true capabilities of what it can do. I would probably only go along this route if you're in the computer field and want to learn IOS or if it offers the features you need ( which is quite extensive ).

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    I just picked up a Netgear WGR614 from Circuit City. Not impressed so far. It worked for a few hours, then stopped all of a sudden. It got to the point that I couldn't even log into the router. I had to just use my modem. I'll give it another shot tonight. I'll update teh firmware and see how things go. If they don't go well, at least I can bring it back.

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    Unfortunately, I've noticed a trend in the Netgear devices becoming slowly but surely less dependable, as we forray deeper into the field of rf-networking. D-Link hasn't seemed much better in my opinion.

    My Belkin has worked great, but I have heard complaints, as others here have mentioned. I'd suggest the Linksys by far.
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    I would have gone with the linksys that people have been mentioning, but I read that the versions that they have are great, but the one that is currently out for sell isn't all that great. I read that v5 doesn't support firmware and has many issues.

    I read about a few Netgear routers having powering issues. They consume too much power and tend to overheat. Didn't see anything about the one I purchased, but it does feel pretty hot in comparison to other routers. I'll download the firmware and give it another shot tonight.

    If not, I think I'll boost up the amount I spend on a router so I at least get something with better quality. I originally had one of them Westell wireless router/dsl modem deals. The thing was horrible. It went out, tech support was horrible; took three shots with their techs on the phone to send a request for someone to look at it; took him a week to come over to say it was a bad; waited a week and then found out he forgot send the request for a replacement; requested a replacement and given a modem to borrow and then finally sent a regular modem. Well, of course I complained like crazy and was told I would get 1 month free and was given an extra 2 months because I told them I wanted to get my own wireless router.

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    thats ridiculous, i have a netgear from a while ago, with wep and wpa, works great, its a model MR814v2 and ive updated the firmware. ive had no trouble. have wep and passwords set, check logs, and ive found its been blocking any attacks ive mounted testing.

    for a while i had neighbors mooching off my connection, at first i just blocked a few ports and hoped theyd get off, thought about access control. then they started going to sites that weren't appropriate (showed allowed connections on my router) so i set up weps and no more problems.

    any port scans friends have done or trojans they try to connect to have been blocked, except a very few, so it works great in my opinion

    ive heard good things about linksys and cisco who apparently owns them, so i guess it comes down to risk (although a very low risk, which apparently u've hit on your first try) of getting a potentially bad netgear or paying the extra for a perfect linksys
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