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I am looking for recommendatiuons for wireless network components (router & cards).
NAT, firewall, speed, security, resistance to interference, the works...

Internet access sharing should support both xDSL and cable.
Should have wired Ethernet ports as well.
Up to 4 PCs should probably be enough, maybe one will be a laptop.
Media streaming (for an HTPC in the near future).

I don't know what else is important so feel free to give advice.

Please also provide links to reputable reviews and comparisons, just saying "go with brand X because brand Y is junk" without substantiating the claim is not very helpful.

Thank you.

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If you're wanted this for your home, I'd suggest linksys.  I've had a 4 port router (cable/dsl rdy) for 2 years now and recently added another 4 port linksys with built in wireless for my laptops.   They both are easy to configure and I have not had any problems with the routers since they were purchased.  

 As far as NIC's go.  I'm hooked on 3com.  They are a tad more expensive but work really well.  Intel NIC's would be my second choice.  Both brands have been very dependable for me.


http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=33&scid=35&prid=601  (Wireless router w/4 lan ports)

http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=34&scid=29&prid=561 (Cable/DSL wired w/4lan ports)

http://www.3com.com/products/en_US/prodlist.jsp?tab=cat&pathtype=purchase&cat=19&selcat=Network+Interface+Cards+%26+LOMs&family=115 (some 3com NICS)
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Thanks.

By "cards" I meant wireless PCI.
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For home use, I agree with Moostang.  In an office environment, with a corporate budget, I'd say to go with Cisco hardware with a more robust switching fabric.  Some security applications (cameras) with video streaming could really take advantage of a gigabit backplane.  Again, it all depends on usage.  Just a thought.
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After checking the broadbandreports.com I am inclined to go with the Linsys WRT54GS router and the corresponding card.
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