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What Wireless Router?

Joe Ess
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I'm looking into getting a wireless router. It has to have range enough to go through an interior wall or two and a distance of not more than 50". My laptop has a plain 802.11b/g wireless card, so I don't need any fancy network boosters right now. My employer is going to buy me a new laptop soon, so thinking ahead may pay off.
The router also must have wired ports so I can have my personal web server hard-wired to the network.
Searching around it seems like the Linksys WRT54G is a popular choice. Anybody have experience with this model or a very positive experience with another model?


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Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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This model is pretty good.

I've set up a few wireless routers for people over the years. I find most of them last a few years and then conk out for no apparent reason. Looks like their planned for obsolescence pretty good.

Personally, I'd probably buy the one that's discounted the most at the local big box store. DLink, Linksys, etc, they're all pretty good.

By the way, I love the images at the bottom of the link, where the girl has overclocked the router, and welded a plastic fan to it. That's going just a little too far if you ask me.

-Cameron McKenzie
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Pat Farrell
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I recommend the Linksys WRT54GL over the WRT54G (note the trailing EL at the end of the first one).

The models are physically identical, the 54G is usually a few dollars cheaper than the GL.

The GL version (L is for Linux) has more memory, and you can decide to flash alternative software such as DD-WRT or Tomato. This gives you tons of additional flexibility for only a little bit of money. The simple G model sells for about $50, the GL goes for $60.
Joe Ess
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Thanks for the input. One of my friends has a WRT55AG he isn't using. Wiki says that model is a WRT54G with 802.11a support. That model must be a lemon because they're still making the WRT54G and the WRT55AG has long been discontinued. Doesn't cost anything to try.
DD-WRT supports at least one version of the WRT55AG so there's some hack potential as well.
 
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