Wireless N router with good range

Posted on 2009-04-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Simple question, simple answer? I'm looking for a reliable wireless N router with good range and ideally with a built-in ADSL modem, but not essential.  Don't need any other bells and whistles.  Just fed up with abyssmal range on my Netgear WN802T and I don't want to goof up again.

Thanks for any suggestions.
Question by:Mike London
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    Zoom X6 has always treated me well.

    claims 300m range but bear in mind this is omnidirectional so thats 150m each direction from the router and the range they state is for an open field.

    obstructions do perish the signal as they do with all wireless devices Glass being one of the worst as it actually reflects the signal.

    If you still cannot get the range you need Zoom also make some good repeaters which can be used to 'bounce' the signal further.

    I set up a zoom x6 for a friend and with the use of 2 repeaters I managed to bounce the signal through over 9 houses for him (terraced houses) this was with the repeaters in the atticks so they dont have to go through walls and stuff and give a more direct route.

    Hope this helps

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    by:Mike London
    That's a great suggestion, thanks, but I forgot one thing: I need a device that will give me a rock-solid VPN - I'm fed up with trying to run a VPN over a DG834 - too flakey.  Thanks.
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    good point the X6 doesnt support VPN

    however a quick search around and

    looks like it will achieve what you need.
    if the range is still a bit low changing the antennas to directional antenna's will improve signal strength or again you could always repeat the signal.
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    Detailed specifications - LINKSYS Wireless-G VPN Router with RangeBooster WRV200

    Device Type Wireless router
    Form Factor External
    Width 17 cm
    Depth 19.4 cm
    Height 4.2 cm
    Weight 355 g
    Localisation United Kingdom
    Connectivity Technology Wireless, wired
    Integrated Switch 4-port switch
    Data Transfer Rate 54 Mbps
    Frequency Band 2.4 GHz
    Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
    Spread Spectrum Method OFDM, DSSS
    Switching Protocol Ethernet
    Routing Protocol RIP-1, RIP-2, static IP routing
    Remote Management Protocol SNMP 1, SNMP 2c, HTTP, HTTPS
    Performance VPN throughput (3DES IPSec) : 30 Mbps
    Capacity VPN tunnels : 10
    Features Firewall protection, DMZ port, VPN support, VLAN support, Syslog support, Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), DoS attack prevention, firmware upgradable, MIMO technology
    Compliant Standards IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.1x, IEEE 802.11i, IEEE 802.11e
    Aerial External integrated
    Antenna Qty 2
    Directivity Omni-directional
    Gain Level 2 dBi
    Expansion / Connectivity  
    Interfaces 4 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45 ¦ 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45 ( WAN ) ¦ 1 x network - Radio-Ethernet
    Cables (Details) 1 x network cable
    Encryption Algorithm Triple DES, MD5, AES, 128-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP, TLS, SHA-1, PEAP, TTLS, TKIP, WPA, WPA2
    Authentication Method RADIUS, Radio Service Set ID (SSID)
    Compliant Standards CE, FCC
    Power Device Power adapter - external
    Software / System Requirements  
    OS Provided Linux
    Manufacturer Warranty  
    Service & Support 3 years warranty
    Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 3 years
    Environmental Parameters  
    Min Operating Temperature 0 °C
    Max Operating Temperature 40 °C
    Humidity Range Operating 10 - 85%


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    by:Mike London
    Thanks so much.

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