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Wireless Routers

I'm thinking of upgrading my home network (3 systems) to a new router. I currently have a Linksys wireless G.
After looking at the products on Linksys site
http://www.linksysbycisco.com/US/en/products/Routers
I am looking for insight from anyone that has some of the newer product line. It appears that the big advantage of upgrading would be security. I'm looking for insight on an upgrade and any first hand knowledge of which product I really wouldn't need for a small home wireless network.
David
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jimmymcp02Commented:
Im not really sure if i understand your question? so you are trying to figure out which product from that least you would not need?
Then if so...the answer is simple. you need to go with the low end version of the product line you are looking at. You dont need all the features a simple wireless n router will do the trick. The conneciton and range are really good from any Wireless N router.
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David-HowardAuthor Commented:
I'm wondering more about the enhanced security and the bells and whistles of the newer models. First hand knowledge would be the best. My current router works fine and is 128 bit encryption. So I'm curious as to if there is a big enough benefit of upgrading. Cost versues features.  
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TonyStCommented:
Do you think you may have a problem with security ??  Check the logs on your current router and see if you have any suspicious activity. If the events are not currently logged then turn them on and watch them for a while.  Are you having issues with speed ??  Reliability ??  or anything specific ??  I'm one for the adage "if it aint broke, dont fix it"  If your current router is meeting your needs and is providing you the security you need why do you feel you have to replace it ??  Do you have too much extra money ?? :)
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jimmymcp02Commented:
128 encryption...WAP, WEP TKIP?
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David-HowardAuthor Commented:
It's 128 WEP. No I don't think I have a problem with security. It's pretty locked down. However, if I can get better security and the price isn't a bank breaker I ask myself, "Why not?" As for thoroughput Linsksys has some relatively cheap and newer routes that tout 300MB speed. But I'll never approach being able to use that with either DSL or cable.
I'm not having any issues of any type with my network. (To answer the above question) I am just wondering if anyone has bought or is using one of the newer Linksys routers and if so, do the new security features outweigh costs.
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jimmymcp02Commented:
wep has a lot of weakness and it can be easly cracked using simple tools in 10 minutes. If your current router has WAP use it instead. The newer routers come with WPA2 or TKIP encription which is more complicated and not easy hacked but the devices using that type of security need to supported as well. If your 3 computers have wireless cards that do not support anything above 128 wep then it does no good for you because you will have to replace them as well if you want to take advantage of the wap2 or tkip encryptions.
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David-HowardAuthor Commented:
The last answer was pretty much what I was looking for. There is a compatibility issue with router and NIC's. The encryption information was really good as well. It backs up what I've read. Thanks to you both!
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