/ Router - How do I choose one?
I need a new router, the one I have (an old BT Voyager 2110) has lost its ability to do wi-fi.
It is just for home use, with two computers.
How do I work out what to buy?
Or does anyone have a recommendation.
first port of call... your internet provider... ie will they give you a free one if you sign for another x months?
I'll ask them.
To be honest decent ones are much of a muchness these days. I tend to buy netgear kit as its generally pretty good.
My vote goes with Belkin. Simple to set up.
I had problems with a few Netgear routers and after a few hours talking on the phone with Tech Support I was left with a bad taste in my mouth.
You gets what you pay for. :-)
This Netgear one is Ģ40. Is that about right?
You have mail.
I used to have a BT Voyager which went on the blink a couple of weeks ago. I phoned my ISP - Plus Net(who are brilliant - a human being answers the phone) and I had a brand new one free of charge the next day.
Plus Net are THE best.
PS It was already configured. All I had to do - literally - was plug it in and switch it on.
My Belkin is rubbish - slows everything down annoyingly. It was cheap, mind.
Price appears reasonable - I did a price check against the place I normally buy from and its the same - well, 8p cheaper.
I keep seeing this topic and wanting to recommend this:
Which is really very good, but probably not particularly helpful here. ;O)
I am a telecoms engineer and i would say that any of the usual "pc world" type routers are all much of a muchness the one thing i will say is that unless you want to surf your wifi from the end of a long garden then the comment about going for an 802.11N router is not worth it.
for the average house the 802.11G standard will get you good reception anywhere in the house and its cheaper.
If you are broadcasting further using an 802.11N router then there is a higher chance of someone being able to piggyback your router as they can do it from further away (i know you can secure it)
In my opinion a netgeear, Belkin or D link router will all be good enough for you and the 802.11G will be cheaper.
It does depend on the house - I've got an old house with thick solid brick internal walls and a single router was not enough, Hence I've got two.
> I keep seeing this topic and wanting to recommend this:
Thatīs some nasty tat! Festo OF2200 is the answer.http://www.axminster.co.uk/festool-festool-of2200-eb-set-1-2-router-prod782761/
Ten times the price and ten times the quality!
No it isn't. I have one and I use it regularly. It's well made, reasonably powerful and it works well. The build quality is comparable to machines twice the price which to my mind makes it pretty good value for money.
> Ten times the price and ten times the quality!
I see you're unfamiliar with the law of diminishing returns.
Ten times the price does not buy ten times the quality.
Twice the quality, maybe - which is good for a) people who *really* need something twice as good as a perfectly adequate machine and b) fashion victims with more money than sense.
G will be fine for normal surfing , email etc. but may not cut the mustard for media streaming
Yik. What a completely humourless response that was.
Sorry about that, I was hungry and tetchy. Much happier now. :O)
There's little to no point going for a wireless G router nowadays, they're old hat. In fact you'd be pushed to find a wireless G router unless you really looked, any recent model will be N.
Definitely go N, especially if you've ANY interest in setting up a home network. Real world speeds for wireless G would be around 2.5mb/sec. N I'd say closer to 8mb/sec. If you're transferring files between PCs that can make a big difference.
> I need a new router,
A) Gary Gibson
I've not come across one that can do all three.
> A) Gary Gibson
> B) Belkin
> C) DeWalt
> I've not come across one that can do all three.
I was going to say a DeWalt with a half inch collet, great for doing kitchen worktops...
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