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Need help in buying new router: Linksys or Netgear

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by maldb, Mar 6, 2005.

  1. maldb

    maldb Network Guru Member

    I've been doing some "comparison shopping" between the Linksys WRT54GS and the Netgear WGT624. According to CNET's review, the Netgear's throughput is faster: 47.1 vs 36.4 (in G mode only). In mixed (B/G) mode, the Linksys is the winner. Overall, the Linksys appears to be a good unit.

    I currently have a Netgear MR-814 (a B mode router) which constantly loses it's connection and am ready to replace it. My concern with the Netgear WGT624 is that I see it also loses it's connection quite a bit (based on their forums), and I would like to avoid going through the nightmare of rebooting my unit all the time.

    I would appreciate unbiased opinions re the Linksys unit. I've seen those re the Netgear unit and they aren't pretty.

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    if your looking for an unbiased opinion you at the wrong forum.

    but i will try to weigh in.

    My brothr in law as the netgear in question. and lives in a small sub. from the other side of the sub i get no sig on his routr but his neighbor has a WRT54G and i can connect and surf. it has better antennas and is allows for more custom work. such as firmware and antennas.
    i do a little bit of wardriving also and if your familliar with netstumbler it tells you the vendor of the ap in question. i get about a 4 to 1 ratio of linksys to netgear althogh netgear is second.


    if i were you i would go with the linksys just for the fact that it looks way cooler than the netgear and its alot bigger. and bigger is better.

    plus it stays cooler due to its larger cabinet and it has a centrino logo on the box.

    its better trust me.


    i almost forgot. aside from unplugging my WRT54G to solder in the fan and switch i have never "had" to reboot it unless i was updating firmware. while my bro has to unplug his everytime he forgets to log out of the management page becasue you get locked out forever. which is all the time because you can only set up like one port forward as apposed to the linksys's 12 forwards. so when i want to host a game i have to reset it to me and then host and set it back to him if he wants to host and we have to play games together because we cant host at the same time. its a fricken hastle.
     
  3. RoMe0610

    RoMe0610 Network Guru Member

    My ISP connection is certainly not a usual one, but I run three Netgear FVS318 and one WRT54G. Both types are very stable.

    Here in Austria we have the additional problem to use PPTP as protocol for ADSL connections.

    Several Netgear and D-Link routers cannot handle this satisfactory.

    I also heard people who accepted to reboot their router ever one or two weeks - not me! A router have to run stable, so you can forget the little box.

    So I try to convince my friends and customers to use Linksys router. Never experienced problems with them.
     
  4. shafman

    shafman Network Guru Member

    Netgear versus Linksys

    Well, in the Netgear versus Linksys router eval, I can only remark that I just replaced my N with L. The Linksys sends a stronger and more consistent signal. The Linksys tech support is MUCH better than Netgear. I bought the first router (N) and had trouble--couldn't get online. Called Netgear and they said they would be glad to help me but only after I was registered. How to register?
    "Online."
    "But I am calling because I can't GET online."

    I finally got it working but after reading some tech specs I switched. It was a good move.
     
  5. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    i suggest going with the linkys router. because i have a linksys WRT54G for about one year and have ran stari/alchemy/dd-wrt and had no problems at all with the router. heck i have bricked about 10 times because of human error and the unit is still runing fine. i dont like netgear becasue of thir web interface it is not user friendly linksys is more laid out.
     

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