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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.
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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
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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
http://www.twenga.co.uk/prices-Wireless-G-VPN-Router-with-RangeBooster-WRV200-LINKSYS-Wireless-router-43876-0

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


General  
Device Type Wireless router
Form Factor External
Width 17 cm
Depth 19.4 cm
Height 4.2 cm
Weight 355 g
Localisation United Kingdom
Networking  
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  
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
Miscellaneous  
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  
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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Thanks so much.
Michael
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