Going Wireless... (in Off-topic)

GnuUzir February 7 2007 10:56 AM EST

Because of recent changes in my internet style I've decided to go wireless...

I am going to have a few next-gen consoles hooked up (PS3, Wii) and of course this old comp ;-)

I just need to know what brand names I should look at, which to avoid, what kind of specs are "good" and maybe a recommendation from some one who is running wireless now.

Any help would be appreciated...


bartjan February 7 2007 11:16 AM EST

What do you need?

QBRanger February 7 2007 3:00 PM EST

I personally use Netgear WPN824 router.

"g" type router with 7 internal antennas.

I have my laptop and my xbox 360 hooked up wireless and very rarely lose signal.

I do have a large house (4700 sq. feet) and can get signal throughout the house and even outside by the pool without losing speed.

I would highly recommend this router.

If your looking at laptops to go wireless, basically any with a "g" card, either built in or via a PCMCIA port will do a fine job. I personally have a HP laptop that works great.

{CB1}Lukeyman February 7 2007 3:06 PM EST

d-links the way to go.

I had a Linksys before, kept stop working

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] February 7 2007 3:11 PM EST

No matter what you use, you should likely setup a locked VPN based gateway machine rather than allowing the router access to the internet. Any consumer level router is going to be less trustworthy than a real computer running open software.

bartjan February 7 2007 4:00 PM EST

"Any consumer level router is going to be less trustworthy than a real computer running open software."

I'm using a Linksys WRT54GL running OpenWRT. Is this a "consumer level router" or a "real computer running open software"?
Anyway, real computers consume real electricity...

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] February 7 2007 4:31 PM EST

hah, bart for the win, I forgot people are making open setups for router hardware...

Xenko February 7 2007 5:45 PM EST

I have a Linksys and it works no problem... but anything from Linksys, D-link or Netgear will most likely work just fine.

I would suggest getting an 802.11 n router, especially now that the specs for official n are almost finalized. Faster, longer range, and backwards compatible with b/g.

[RX3]Cotillion February 7 2007 7:39 PM EST

I had my PC connected to the internet via a wireless receiver, and when I played Warcraft III: TFT online, I got horrible lag and dropped out of games quite frequently. I now have my router wired to my PC, and that problem is gone. Not sure if it'll affect PS3s Online gaming or Wii's, but just thought I'd share.

GnuUzir February 7 2007 9:41 PM EST

Thanks for the responses guys very helpful :-)

On another note I just plugged in my PS3 so see ya'll later...

bartjan February 8 2007 1:04 AM EST

GnuUzir, you still haven't told us what exactly you need?

GnuUzir February 9 2007 10:47 AM EST

Sorry bart I am not sure what you are asking?

bartjan February 9 2007 11:36 AM EST

You only said "wireless", without telling us if it's a wireless accesspoint, wireless router (with or without cable/DSL modem), wireless adapter (for which computers and operating systems?) or any combination of the above you need.

AdminQBVerifex [Serenity In Chaos] February 9 2007 12:57 PM EST

Don't get a 802n router until the specs HAVE been finalized, that is the key problem right now the specs have not been finalized. I wouldn't buy a car that ALMOST fit design specifications, and you shouldn't get a router made by impatient companies with a standard that, for some insane reason, has still not been finalized. Read more details here.

Personally I've got a D-link DI-634M, but I don't think there are custom open firmware updates for it yet. :(

GnuUzir February 9 2007 3:39 PM EST

Ok sorry for the newb-ness...

I have a cable modem, so I am looking for a wireless router...

and I am running XP on my comp

Hopefully that will do it...

bartjan February 9 2007 3:51 PM EST

Then a router like the Linksys WRT54 I have is fine. For the computer, you have a choice between a PCI and USB adapters for wireless. USB may be a preferred option for 2 reasons:
- No need to open computer to install it
- If you have problems getting a good wireless reception (because of the computer, or too close to a concrete wall), you only need to use an USB extension cord ;)

If the cable modem is not only a modem, but also a router (marketing speak: multi PC modem), you don't really need a wireless router, a wireless access point (which is marketing speak for a wireless-ethernet bridge) is already sufficient.
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