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Best inexpensive wireless router?

Asked by delirium (13718points) August 23rd, 2008

Advise me!
We’re thinking of buying one @ my aunts. I have a hatred for linksys in general because it dies on occasion. Constant internet is of importance. As is ease of set up…

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anthony81212's avatar

Inexpensive as in sub-$100?

delirium's avatar

Lets put a limit at around 100.

delirium's avatar

Ps. ISP is verizon.

anthony81212's avatar

I have this
It’s a D-Link, I have had it for about a month, blazing fast with no problems whatsoever.

Otherwise, the Apple Airport Express is pretty good too, it lets you share a printer or a hard drive, and play music on speakers attached to it from your computer.

anthony81212's avatar

All D-Link products are stable, my friend has had a Dlink for quite a long time and it’s been perfect as well

blastfamy's avatar

Apple makes a series of routers that work quite well.

The Airport Express is very versatile, and costs $100. The router also has very easy management through the included utilities.

@Anthony, I have a D-Link router and a separate D-Link repeater, and both of them die at least twice a day. Sometimes they also drop all of their configurations, too. I don’t really trust D-Link anymore.

jrpowell's avatar

I have this one. No problems so far. I bought it refurbished so it was only 25$ but a new one is around 65 dollars.

LaMaison's avatar

While I have two Apple AirPort Extremes at home, I purchase a Netgear for my office and it’s works very well. I got it on ebay for only $20

wilhel1812's avatar

Airport Express

roadventer's avatar

Get the cheapest 802.11g (“Wireless G”) of the major manufacturers (Linksys, Netgear, D-Link, or other major brand that you know and trust).

WiFi technology, though packaged for and widely used by consumers, is inherently complex under the hood and subject to a broad range of issues that can’t be reasonably discerned/diagnosed by a non-expert. So it is common for us to experience these devices as being unreliable. That being said, I’ve researched and used a wide range of products, and have found the goodness and badness to be spread all about. So I have found it best to treat it as a commodity and go with the lowest price. This strategy has worked well for me. (Note: I would be qualified as an “experienced network engineer”.)

Finally, avoid the Super Duper features that purport to provide greater speed/distance or that use the newest “bleeding” edge standards. These added features, in addition to adding cost, add complexity and have a strong tendency to reduce product reliability.

anthony81212's avatar

@ blasfamy: My D-Link is fine, though :S

delirium's avatar

I bought the airport express one.

wilhel1812's avatar

Congrats! Ask if you run into problems :)

delirium's avatar

I’ll be sure to.

HeNkiSdaBro's avatar

Another great option would be to get a older Linksys WRT54G below version 5. They can run alternative firmwares like DD-WRT or Tomato which run a linux based configuration panel which will give you lots of more options and control.

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