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Need advice on a SOHO wireless router

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by stevecamp, Nov 27, 2005.

  1. stevecamp

    stevecamp Network Guru Member

    Hi -

    I recently upgraded my Cox HSI to the 15/2 service but have found one or two bottlenecks on my network, the primary one being, I believe, my Netgear WGT624 (v1) router. I am looking to somewhat upgrade and looking for any recommendations anyone on here could give me. My requirements really are to have a solid, reliable and secure home network for 2 clients, one which will be wired directly to the router and the other a wireless client (an Apple Mac Powerbook running an airport). So far, I have read good reviews on the Linksys WRT54GS as well as other netgear products. I just want something that won't bottleneck at the WAN port like my current router does and that will be reasonably stable. Also I have read about issues with the WRT54G(v5) being a poor choice and possibly the WRT54GS(v4). Any suggestions welcome, thanks
  2. will792

    will792 Network Guru Member

    Not so sure if WRT54GS would be able to give full speed of your connection. You do not want to pay full price for Internet connection but use only part of it due to a router bottleneck. It looks like GS might give you less than your 15Mbps. It depends on firmware and features that you would use.

    If you do not want to deal with uncertainty get DLink624 since it is known to have more than 15Mbps (Verizon uses it for FIOS) . You would not have a choice of firmware that WRT54G has but the speed would be there.

    I do not know a router that is inexpensive, has more than 15Mbps routing speed and third-party firmware options. Unfortunately one of these requirements has to be removed. If you get Linksys GX router the speed would be good enough but no firmware options and therefore no WDS, logging and other cool stuff.

    Rule out WRT54G for several reasons since the current release (v.5) is slow, unstable, no third party firmware and is not cheap.

    If you might consider spending ~$400 for a router take a look at Zyxel ZyWall 5. Zyxel make some nice products. It might be overkill for your 2 clients setup. It is in a different category from WRT54G.

    There is a big gap between cheap, home grade routers and the next level. The third-party firmware fills in functionaly gaps but cannot compensate for the deficiency in hardware implementation. There is a big jump in price if you want to get something better (speed and functionality wise) than WRT54GS with third-party firmware, like dd-wrt (my favorite).

  3. stevecamp

    stevecamp Network Guru Member

    Will792 - thank you for the excellent information. To answer some of your questions, I had not planned to mess around with firmware and the like, just want to get the full 15mbps that i'm paying for. As a cost limit, I would be willing to go to around $200 or so but not much more than that. I saw the Netgear WPNT834 with MIMO technology that may be slight overkill for my purposes but so long as i'd get the speed i'm looking for, i'd go for that. Any other suggestions or feedback welcome, thanks
  4. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    You could check out TomsNetworking.com for router reviews that include WAN -> LAN routing performanace.
  5. will792

    will792 Network Guru Member

    Good advice to check Tomshardware.com. The only problem is that many people do not get their measured WAN-LAN routing speed.

    Based on Tomshardware WRT54G review ( http://www.tomsnetworking.com/Reviews-39-ProdID-WRT54G-7.php) routing speed should be around 20Mbps. Most of the people report 8-10Mbps speeds. I cannot explain the difference.


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