1. flyingdutchman7588's Avatar
    Hey guys,

    I want to buy a new router for my house and my existing one is not giving me good signals in my basement. I need a router that will give me a strong signal in my basement because thats where my xbox and wireless computer is. The router will be located on the main floor connected to another computer. My budget is $100 and there are some good ones like D-LINK DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit Router (NCIX.com - Buy D-LINK DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit Router 802.11G/B/N Wireless Router Triple Antenna QoS - DIR-655 In Canada.) or Linksys WRT54GL 4 Port Wireless G Broadband Router (NCIX.com - Buy Linksys WRT54GL 4 Port Wireless G Broadband Router Linux Version 54MBPS 802.11G - WRT54GL In Canada.) but i feel the second one is really old.

    Do you guys have any recommendations?
    11-14-10 10:29 PM
  2. californiablackberry's Avatar
    Yeah, the second one is really old.
    I have one sitting somewhere around here, never hooked it up.
    I would suggest the first one.
    11-14-10 10:33 PM
  3. trucky's Avatar
    Make sure to get an "N" router, you'll be be leaps ahead of any B/G box.
    11-15-10 07:29 AM
  4. wnm's Avatar
    I agree with trucky, especially if coverage is an issue. The newer Linksys is the E2000 which is under $100. The E3000 is a gigabit router, but it's close to $150.
    Last edited by wnm; 11-15-10 at 09:59 AM.
    11-15-10 08:00 AM
  5. flyingdutchman7588's Avatar
    So a "N" router will help me solve my signal issues? I keep losing signal all the time in my basement. I cant run more than 3 internet applications at once because I lose internet connection on my wireless computer.
    11-15-10 06:23 PM
  6. wnm's Avatar
    Yes. N is the latest standard with about twice the indoor range as G. Here's a table comparing the various protocols. Keep in mind that objects and their construction (density mostly) will impact signal range. Also, wireless will work better if the router is placed as high as possible. The top of a closet will do better for an entire house than on a shelf next to the computer.

    My house is deadly for wireless because of the construction materials. My interior walls are studs, plaster board, cement on wire lath covered by textured plaster. The maximum range in my house with my G router is about 50'.

    IEEE_802.11 Protocols
    11-16-10 06:39 AM
  7. pkcable's Avatar
    Here's the one I just bought, it came HIGHLY recommended. I'll let you know how it is, later this week.

    Newegg.com - TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND 802.11b/g/n Wireless N Gigabit Router up to 300Mbps with USB 2.0 port


    EDIT: Make that later, today!!!!! I just checked and it's out for delivery as we speak!!!!
    11-16-10 09:09 AM
  8. syb0rg's Avatar
    I recently bought This router for my inlaws so we can stream Netflix to their Wii. i like it alot.

    and i work around the Micro Center in Sharonville Ohio. super friendly staff and knowers of all things g33k.... i can't say enough good stuff about them.

    They are currently out of them, but at least it will give you names, numbers and a good description.
    Last edited by mjneid; 11-16-10 at 09:39 AM.
    11-16-10 09:35 AM
  9. flyingdutchman7588's Avatar
    Here's the one I just bought, it came HIGHLY recommended. I'll let you know how it is, later this week.

    Newegg.com - TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND 802.11b/g/n Wireless N Gigabit Router up to 300Mbps with USB 2.0 port


    EDIT: Make that later, today!!!!! I just checked and it's out for delivery as we speak!!!!
    Let me know what the signal strength is like and how easy is the setup.

    People kept recommending me this router and said its the best bang for the buck. Its an ASUS router (NCIX.com - Buy ASUS RT-N16 4 Port Gigabit Wireless N Router with 2X USB 2.0 Ports - RT-N16 In Canada.) and although it meets my budget, I need to flash it with DD-WRT software in order to utilize its full capabilities. Problem is I dont have any experience with DD-WRT or Tomato software so I am scared that if I mess it up, something might happen.
    What do you guys think?
    11-16-10 10:58 AM
  10. trucky's Avatar
    DD-WRT and Tomatoe are both fairly easy to work with and can take a dull old router and give it near superhuman powers. Fun stuff... just make sure to read carefully and don't cry if the smoke comes out.
    11-16-10 11:15 AM
  11. flyingdutchman7588's Avatar
    DD-WRT and Tomatoe are both fairly easy to work with and can take a dull old router and give it near superhuman powers. Fun stuff... just make sure to read carefully and don't cry if the smoke comes out.
    Do you know where I can get stpe by step instructions on how to flash with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware?
    11-16-10 03:48 PM
  12. trucky's Avatar
    ummmm...

    www.dd-wrt.com | Unleash Your Router

    and...

    Tomato Firmware | polarcloud.com
    Last edited by trucky; 11-16-10 at 03:57 PM.
    11-16-10 03:54 PM
  13. trucky's Avatar
    Here's a Netgear WNR2000-100NAS Wireless-N Router With Push Button Connectivity, Double Firewall Protection, and 4 Ethernet Ports for $35.00, today only:

    Wireless Daily Deal, 1 Sale A Day
    11-17-10 06:31 AM
  14. wnm's Avatar
    Great information. I'm looking to get a new router after the first of the year, so keep the suggestions and feedback coming.
    11-17-10 07:15 AM
  15. flyingdutchman7588's Avatar
    So i guess the ASUS RT-N16 is the best one out under $100?
    11-17-10 04:57 PM
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