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Which 802.11g routers are reliable?

Most home networking routers I have owned have been plagued with either thermal problems or software glitches.  
We live in a consumer culture where products seem to be purposefully designed not to last.

Which wireless router should I buy to be able to download 5 Gig files without having to do a reset every day?

You may assume that I do not care about the budget.

Can you support your recommendation with independent review evidence from a community-based website?

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pjbrewerAuthor Commented:
I've 10+ years experience with linux system administration, so I don't mind getting into settings on more complex hardware.  

What I would like is something that is well known to work and that won't have to be replaced for at least a year...

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Mad_JasperCommented:
I have had much success with Cisco 800 Series wireless routers. My clients that wanted a secure, reliable wireless network have been very pleased. It is not as easy to configure as a D-Link or SMC, and it cost more, but it has been well worth the investment.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/routers/ps380/index.html

Here is another example of a specific router we have used for ADSL connections.

http://www.costcentral.com/proddetail/Cisco_857W_Integrated_Services_Router/CISCO857WGAK9/G27556/yahoo
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NetTechDudeCommented:
Lay a cable. I've never seen WiFi work reliably, at least not in a crowded area with many WiFi application making "wave salad". Either the signal's too weak, windows jumps off the line, your router crashes, you have too much (yes!) signal at your antenna, whatsoever. Just forget it. I'm running cable everywhere and I never had any problem I couldn't trace whith an Ohmmeter. Except for missing drivers and faulty equipment (NICs, Hubs,Transceivers). But cable infrastructure ist way more error-proof than that WiFi stuff.
You already knew the answer before, so why're you asking ?

Oh - before I forgot: I know one relatively reliable system: http://www.wvs-tech.de/wvs/breeze/haupt.htm
BREEZENET PRO.11 (breezenet is now alvarion). But that was back in '95, is fully incompatible towards modern 802.11 standards (although they claim different) . Works only with dedicated AP/SA units (so: choose the "center" of your net carefully). And makes only 3mbps if you've hit its lucky day. Unfortunately they have never spread wide - so a community review is out of question :(
--NTD
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Mad_JasperCommented:
As for community reviews, I just don't see any. I can only base my opinion on my experience as a former network consultant. I installed at least of dozen of these in home/office enviornments and always recieved praise from my customers. Many were using a VPN/TS connection to a remote server running applications. Many of these customers upgrade from a $100 SMC or NetGear wireless router to this router and none of them ever complained about the price once installed.

I would like to invite NetTechDude to my campus and look at my WiFi network. He then could say that he had ssen a WiFi network that worked reliably. It has been since installation two years ago (execpt for 20 HP laptops with faulty wireless NICs that HP replaced).

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NetTechDudeCommented:
What hardware do you run there? those ciscos ?
We have an almost city-wide wifi network from the nearby university here and that net has more outages than working hours. :( I'm glad I didn't take their offer to run my private internet on that, otherwise I'd most likely not write this :(
--NTD
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Mad_JasperCommented:
We run Cisco 1220 APs, lates IOS, WPA with RADIUS/IAS and a CA. We have expanded the wireless network every year. About the only problem I can remember is our cisco POE switch faulted after a T-Storm but a reboot took care of it. We were down about 15 minutes.

My county has began offering wireless access but the bandwidth is not that impresive for the money. 1.5 MB runs $44.95. My cable service guarantees my 3 Mb along with basic cable for $49.95. Bu since our neighborhood is only 4 years old, I usually get 4.5 - 5.5Mbs.
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