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Windows 7: Need help buying new router!


28 Jul 2010   #31

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
imeem,
You don't have a paid subscription but you do need to be a Windows Secrets member.

Just a sec. I'll review the article again and list a couple of routers worthy of selection.

If easy installation is key, consider the Cisco Valet Plus ; it's a basic wireless router, priced at around $130. It received high marks from CNET and earned an Editor's Choice from PCMag.com. Reviewers pointed to its good performance and fast, user-friendly setup that includes the innovative USB Easy Setup key.

For a dual-band router, check out the Linksys E3000 Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless-N Router, priced around $180. It's an update of the Linksys WRT610N, which earned very good scores from CNET and ZDNet. The E3000 has a sleek, low-profile design similar to that of the Valet Plus, and it shares that router's ease of setup. The E3000 supports gigabit Ethernet speeds and has a USB port for external network-attached storage.

If you are willing to spend more and would like something that's more than a nondescript box sitting on your desk, check out D-Link's DIR-685. At around $225, this interesting device is pricey, but it includes an open bay for an optional 2.5" internal hard drive, giving you network-attached storage. It also has a small color LCD, so that ugly box turns into a digital picture frame.

Now my personal recommendation would be the Linksys E3000.
I would like to get router that's cost more than $100, but they cost a lot and my household isn't a big time user of wifi

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28 Jul 2010   #32

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by letsdoamazing View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Joan Archer View Post
Also it may depend on your ISP, some provide a router to work with their service.

It's like all things you can't really say what's best everyone has their favourite and some work better with some connections than others. I'd find out what others are using with your ISP's service and see which are more reliable.
It shouldn't matter what ISP you have, because a router isn't supported by any ISP's? Unless you buy it from the ISP directly.

Netgear and Linksys seem to be the best in my opinion.

I have used about 4 or 5 of them with good success!
Is thee any real difference between the router u buy directly from your ISP and those you buy at stores like dlink, linksys, etc...?
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30 Jul 2010   #33

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 8.1 64bit
 
 

I've never bought a router both the ones I've had came from my ISP, the first one was an Addon 4 Port Wireless Router. I had that running non stop for over 4 years without any dropouts or problems, the only thing that was wrong was it could only do WEP. I wasn't getting a good speed connection for the money I was paying so changed ISP's.

My current router is what my ISP calls a Home Hub and does the highest encryptment and also runs an Internet Phone, that's been running non stop for nearly 18 months without any problems.

So I've been using a router since late 2004 and I'm only on my second one and it's not because the first one broke I just changed ISP's so got a new router with the service.
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30 Jul 2010   #34

Win7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by imeem View Post
Which brand of router do u prefer? Linksys, Belkin, TRENDnet, or netgear? My 2 other dlink routers malfunction and i need a new one.
Personal opinion... Linksys. Always used Linksys @ home, Cisco @ work. Now thaat Cisco owns Linksys, you really cannot go wrong. In this very, very rare instance, it's the best of both worlds!
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