Wireless router suggestions?General


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  1. lump

    lump Active Member This Topic's Starter

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  2. NKT

    NKT Well-Known Member

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    The Incredible doesn't have N.
     
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    While the phone does not have wireless N the router will still have the ability to "speak" with the phone so to speak through wireless G. The phone will still be capable of connecting to the network through the router while at the same time allowing him to take advantage of the Wireless N throughout his house on the rest of his devices (PC, laptop, etc)
     
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    lump that router should be sufficient for you, NKT the router has N,G & B so it will be fine.
     
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    lump Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    Ok, but doesn't N offer better range?

    (<newbie to WiFi)
     
  6. NKT

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    The OP implied that he would be using N only for his Incredible because the expanded range. Since the Incredible does not have 802.11n, there's no need to get a router that supports it. So if you want a router just for the Incredible, get a cheapy 802.11g.

    Just my .02
     
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    yes. "N" does offer a better range then "G". but as stated the incredible only supports "G".
     
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    @lump, your hardware such as your phone, laptop or anything else you are using has to support N. So far the Incredible seems to not support it so if you don't have any other device that states it supports N then there is no point to get a wireless N router. Look for any other router that has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g
     
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    lump Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    It looks like dual band would be nice to have but wont make much of a difference while browsing, email etc...even if we add laptops in the future?
     
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    If you're looking to future proof, go ahead and get a 802.11n router. It will function just fine with devices running 802.11g. When you get a new computer/laptop chances are it will have 802.11n and you'll then be able to take advantage of the N speed on the router.
     
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    That's what I would do as well. Since there has been so much speculation about N being/not being available on the Incredible, does it not make sense that the radio has N, but the software is not using it? This is the case with the iPod Touch, and if so, down the road the Incredible may support N.

    I have the NETGEAR WNDR3700 and it is very nice, with gigabit ports too. Very powerful signal throughout the house, much better than the Linksys WRT54G I was using before.
     
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    I just bought the NETGEAR WNDR3700 this past weekend and it works great. It supports Wi-fi N and is also dual-band and the gigaports are great. I'm usually running 3 iPod touches, a sony vaio laptop, my XBOX and 2 home pc's and i have no lag on any of the devices. I have RoadRunner ISP
     
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    I wouldn't get anything netgear. Their firmware is horribly coded, I've had trouble with multiple products and when friends ask for help when they keep getting cut off from their router when next to it, it usually is a netgear.

    Their N routers may have been improved though....
     
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    My previous router is also a Netgear router and i have never had any issues with it. I have used it for the past 5 years and is still working well. The only reason why im upgrading is because my Sony Vaio supports Wi-fi N and most devices that im going to purchase soon also support it.

    I even have multiple devices like wireless lan phones that are next to my router and still no issues. When i play xbox live and im usually the host because i have a great ping and connection. So it all depends on the user. You will always have people that like a certain company and some that don't. You can't make everyone happy now a days.
     
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    My Netgear WGT624 V3 has been rock solid after a few firmware updates when I first got it to fix drop outs and router hangs.
     
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    My experience is vastly different. Though this is my first NETGEAR product. I have had this since Christmas and it has been rock solid. The ONLY problem I have had with this router has to do with the media server. I attached a 320gb drive to it and enabled the media server - it got choked up on the large number of files, and I believe this is a known issue with drives over 100mb to be solved with a firmware update.

    As far as the wireless function goes, it has been flawless, and we have computers running 24x7 connected wirelessly via N and G.

    Edit - I should have written above that this is a known issue with drives over 100GB, not MB
     
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    I thought Anonimac confirmed that it did?
     
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    Yes, I saw that. Not sure how "confirmed" it is. All documentation I see still only says 802.11b/g.

    I'd like to see actual device confirmation, not just training.
     
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    Seriously. How the hell do you people know all this?? You amaze me.
     
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    Heres the thing, even today there is no one set standard for wireless N, so i wouldn't go to overboard on the router. Instead i still to this day opt for wireless G as the standard is set, most devices use it and its relatively cheap to obtain. Now the next question is what router do you go with? Well the answer to that is simple go with the WRT54G and while you are it, just head over to ebay and find one with dd-wrt preinstalled. You can buy one preflashed with the dd-wrt software for about $50. What it does is it turns a $40 router into a $400-500 super router. The capabilities of it are endless. If you need to expand the range you can connect 2 or more of them together and have the same wifi signal distributed all over your home. 2 routers should be plenty for whatever area you have. You can also connect external antennas to them to mount outside your home in case you wish to use wifi outdoors reliably and maintain a strong signal. I just setup a wifi network for a local business last night, they were also interested in running a hotspot down the road but for now just wanted access within a certain range. I used the same router i suggested above with an outdoor antenna and it works beautifully. The best thing is down the road when they decide to offer a hotspot to their customers they can, dd-wrt integrates with several hotspot software packages to allow them to do that. I use this same router within my home and in commercial applications, so it really is one hell of a deal with endless possibilities. You can also boost the signal strength and overclock the processor if you feel the need. All of this in one little package running on a router that is known to be the most stable and reliable wireless router on the market in the history of wifi ;)

    Summary:

    -Go with wireless G, its a set platform that 90% of all devices use and is backwards compatible with wireless a/b as well.

    - Buy the WRT54G with DD-WRT Mega Preinstalled. You can find hundreds of them on eBay, many of which even have heatsinks installed for overclocking.

    - If you need wifi expanded to outdoors and the signal is weak outside your home the WRT54G will allow you to connect an outdoor antenna to it easily.
     
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    People tend to be really polarized when it comes to networking equipment. Personally, I'll only use Linksys tech.
     
  22. amarryat

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    N was finalized last year, so anything you buy new should be good. And the N routers that I have seen are backward compatible with G and B.

    If you want to go cheap, you can find decent routers for short money. Last year I bought a Trendnet G router from Newegg on one of their big sales, and it was only $15. It has a strong signal, and once I updated the firmware, was rock solid and never had to be rebooted.
     
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    I have a few netgear routers and gateways. It seems the problems I have are with software. The router and gateway periodically refuse to autoupdate/release/renew. I have updated the firmware on both and the problem still exists. This is terrible for gaming where a solid and constant signal is required.

    I have had other friends, (non-gamers) who love their netgear. They surf the web periodically and check email. They are the type of people who would not mind when the internet stopped suddenly, they would just consider it a fluke and find something else to do with no other thought put to it. So, if you are the type of person who has trouble working the VCR/DVD player I would say get whatever router you like, because you wont tell the difference.
     
  24. bryn987

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    anyone know what wireless security the phone supports? WEP? WPA-PSK?
     
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    wep, wpa, wpa2 psk.
     

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