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Old 11-24-2004, 03:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is this a good wireless router

I am planning on buying a laptop soon and although I haven't found the right one as of yet I saw this deal for Black Friday at Staples. You get both the router and laptop card although i want it to be built into a laptop is this a good wireless router to begin with?

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Old 11-24-2004, 04:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes. Very. Good luck getting one though.
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Old 11-24-2004, 04:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes. Very. Good luck getting one though.

i was actually just at staples and they had tables set up with all the BF stuff. They had at least 30 of these...maybe more.
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Old 11-24-2004, 04:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It depends on your ISP. Netgears reportedly don't work well with BS FastAccess for some reason.. If there are no compatability problems it should work fine.
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Old 11-27-2004, 02:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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yeah go for it, check out the Linksys as well...just about the same price and has run great with me.
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Old 11-27-2004, 06:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I picked this router and PC card up from staples for $20(I couldn't resist the deal), and just got it working with my iBook. I didn't need to use the wireless card included, so I can't tell you much about it. Here are some impressions of the router.

I've hooked up four wireless networks before this one, so I guess I consider myself pretty knowledgable. Getting this router to work was the most difficult that I have experienced in the past. The smart configuration somehow thought that I had a static IP address, which is incorrect. I had to manually change the setting to Dynamic. After tinkering with multiple settings, I got the wired portion of the router to work. It took me about 45 minutes to get it up and running.

The wireless portion of the router works great. I had no problems connecting to it using my iBook with built in airport card. Its very fast, and the range is great. I can go anywhere in my apartment and get a great signal.
The router has good security features, such as WPA that work just fine. I've only been using it for a few minutes, but it hasn't dropped yet. My old Netgear MR814 dropped its WAP all the time.

The router looks great, and doesn't take up much space which is nice

As far as the wireless PC card goes, I've read a lot of user reviews that say that it has compatability issues with Windows XP v2. There is a beta patch available from netgear.
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Old 11-28-2004, 06:01 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I just picked up a netgear wireless adsl modem router, and it worked perfect straightaway, out of the box and wireless connected semi securily under 20 minutes. Couldn'0t complain at all. FYI model is dg834g
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Old 11-29-2004, 02:52 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I hope you're all using WPA.

And specifically, WPA with at least 20 character complex Pre-Shared-Secrets.


Let me know if you'd like guidelines on home wireless LAN security best practices.



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Old 11-30-2004, 01:47 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I hope you're all using WPA.

And specifically, WPA with at least 20 character complex Pre-Shared-Secrets.


Let me know if you'd like guidelines on home wireless LAN security best practices.



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if i had a clue what you were talking about i would be running it. So yeah, id be happy to have guidelines. thanks. right now nothing is wireless, planning on getting a laptop in the near future and got the router first because of the price
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