I would like Your opinion on the best wireless router

Hello all,

I have asked several questions in other areas here and I have received excellent replies and have never been steered wrong yet.  I now have a Netgear wired router and just purchased an Acer laptop that has wireless capabilities.  So now I am in the market for a new router.  I have read PC Magazine for their recommendations and theirs don't agree with people that have purchased those routers from places like Amazon.  So it is a vicious circle and my head is spinning.  I want speed but also not being dropped frequently I don't know it this is asking the best of both worlds or not.

Thanks
Jim
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baconyiCommented:
one of the best for quality, easier interface for setup, and reliability is Linksys.  Cisco bought them out so they should be even better than they used to be but they were good to begin with.

if you're looking for range and maximum speed, Belkin makes a wireless router with Pre-N technology that supposedly can increase 300% signal strength over conventional routers? but of course they say you need the Pre-N network adapter on the other end to achieve full potential.

linksys is def reliable, belkin is good too, ive used the Pre-N one at one of my clients and they have had no problems with it yet, its been about 4 months since installation.  linksys is used very widely so i think to answer your question, linksys is the one to go with, unless you want the increased signal range of the belkin, both are good, but difference there being the linksys wireless g router is about 60 dollars, you can find it onsale at stores for 40 after rebate, the belkin will cost about 120, maybe 90/100 after rebates but it does not go on sale as often as the linksys
good luck
Billy
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tim_quiCommented:
Linksys is good.  When my Netgear router acts up and I must connect wirelessly, I boost my neighbor's signal from his linksys router.
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cashcompCommented:
Amazon is a bad place to be buying stuff from to start with.  people that buy on price alone should all be shot.  that being my un-asked for nasty opinion.  you have asked for an opinion based answer.

Linksys makes a good product and has crappy (farmed out support)
D-Link makes an equally good product with support handled by it's own, certified, employees (getting someone that speaks english is a different sory altogether)
Apple makes even better products (yes, you can use them with your PC) and their support is amazing (in this industry just talking to someone that speaks the same language is amazing)

the unfortunate part of buying a new router is that they are mass manufactured now thus leading to far more duds than should have hit the market.  you are better off paying a higher price and buying one locally from a reputable retailer as you can pick it up, curse about it being a dud and get it replaced all in the same day (good luck doing that from a web based distributor)

price, price, price Wal-Mart has us all  (ignore the grumbling)

good luck with your desicisions,

cashcomp
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JimboGAuthor Commented:
I could not agree with you more cashcomp about Amazon and ordering online.  I use Amazon to look up people’s comments on different equipment, along with PC Magazine.  I too own a small business so I know what it is like to buy local so I definitely do.  Your also correct in that we cannot compete with Wal-Mart stores but we can as small businesses offer service and support.

As far as costs I was expecting to spend between 100 and 150.  It is just so hard to choose between routers like Linksys, Belkin, D-Link and others.  That is why I was asking....

Thanks for all of your replies so far.  I guess I will need to make a decision soon..
Jim
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cashcompCommented:
sorry for the grumbling (bad mood - but trying to be helpful:)

pick up one of these:
http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wo/1.RSLID?mco=7D88DA55&nplm=M9470LL%2FA  $129 USD

I am not a big Apple user myself but i do have a few of these around the town and have never had a problem with any of them.  whereas I have had to return to sites with D-Link, Linksys, Netgear, Belkin and SMC routers in place.

just my opinion.

cashcomp
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JimboGAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the help I went ahead and purchased a Linksys with speedburst and will try installing it tonight.

Thanks Again
Jim
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