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I'm looking for one too, It depends on what wireless card you have in you computer or which one you'll be getting. I have a 802.11a,b,g so I'm leaning towards this one...Netgear. It's pretty decent in price and I think it's a good unit from what I've read up on it.
 

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It really depends on what your going to do with it. If your going to network then the fast ones are great. If all your going to do it use it for internet the even the 11 Mbps ones are plenty fast. I'm actually thinking of getting rid of my DSL because one of my neighbors is letting me use their 802.11b because they leave it on with no WEP encription. I don't even have to walk to the other side of the house and turn mine on anymore.
 

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It will mostly be for the net with a little use for networking.
Small files here and there and printing once and awhile.

Is there any brand that you feel is the best right now?
Have model #?

Am I able to use any brand wireless card with any router?
Or is it better to use all the same components?

Thanks again!
 

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I have an older NetGear MR314 that has served me very well. It does not seem to have the configurationk options my old SMC hard-wired router/firewall did but so far it's working OK.

I have a mix of Netgear and D-link client cards and they all seem to play very nicely with each other (as they are supposed to.. that's what a standard is for, right)?

The 11Mb is fast enough for the general use but I have to say transfering a 1.2 GB video file from one to the other is a REAL slow pain in the butt.

Wireless is cool. We slapped a card in our OLD laptop and it floats around the kitchen. Good for a quick weather check before heading out on a ride or getting a recipie or crap like that.
 

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Personally I find 11mb too slow. IIRC, wireless is not duplex effectively cutting the bandwidth by more than half. That's a real rate of less than 5.5mbps. Then on top of that the other issues really slow you down.

If you must go wireless, which is ever so convenient, then go 802.11g at least.

Personally, I'd go with a linux box as a router but seeing as you are asking for brands of prepackaged routers, that probably isn't a good solution for you. Sorry, can't help you out with suggestions... you probably won't notice a difference between all the major brands. I'd also not waste your money on going wireless for Desktop PC's, just your laptops.
 

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I don't see any problem with having wirless desktop systems. In fact my primary system is wirless because it's located in my stand-alone shop-office and it's a hell of a lot easier to buy a wireless card than jack-hammer up a bunch of concrete or wire up a 2600' two-story house.

I've relied on wireless for my business for over a year and the only challenges I've had were with the FREAKING broaband providers.. not my *old* wireless network.

By all means buy the technology you think you'll need but life is plenty good with the old stuff (as long as it's not that cheeseball 1.5mb super-cheapo standard).
 

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Holeshot : By all means buy the technology you think you'll need but life is plenty good with the old stuff
Exactly. Nothing wrong with wireless. Just consider what your needs really are... i.e. Why buy a Ducati 748 when a Fireblade is so much cheaper and faster? Some people like the style, some people like the performance. As long it fits your needs/wants you'll be happy.
 

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I just picked up a Linksys WRT54G and a G card for my laptop, works pretty good so far...only had it for like 2 days
 

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get a linksys by far the best for home and small business IMO.  also....they have just been bought by cisco!

I use these every day, and these are the ones I never have to mess with.

I would use 802.11b or g, but there are some that do all three...so that might be the way to go!
 

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Well I just picked up the Netgear WAB102, 802.11a+b dual band off Ebay for $43, brand new. I hope this one works out good for me. If not I guess it will be back on Ebay. I'll be getting it some time next week. Can't wait to try it out with my new laptop....
 

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nomad : So do all of you with Wireless routers (store bought) just use WEP??
256 bit shared key WEP, MAC address ACLs, closed network(no ssid broadcast), umm that's about it but if anyone wants to break in go for it.  All my important data isn't available on my wireless network.
 

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Aychdot : My biggest problemwith mine is I can't use my 2.4ghz cordless phone while using a wireless connecion.
Just switch channels. I found that my cordless would nuke it only on a few channels. Of course.. YMMV.
 

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Can't you also cut down the transmission strength so that it just reaches the ends of your house?

I use WEP, firewall limits access by IP - no SSID broadcast, strong passwords on every shared folder.

Not much else I'm afraid.
 
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