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Need a wireless router with really good range!!

Discussion in 'Networking & Security' started by Paulieg, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. Paulieg

    Paulieg The Mad Moderator Staff Member

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    I need a wireless router with really good range. This is for use with several desktops and laptops. The environment is a brick building, and the computers are all in different rooms. The default firmware/software needs to be user friendly. Must be under $100. I need some suggestions quick!! Here are some I'm considering:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833162031
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122327
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127215
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124343
     
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    everybody wants 802.11n now a days, my wife gets about 2-3mb/sec on our 802.11g router
    WRT54G v2.0, its pretty much the same as a WRT54GL but with 32mb of ram instead of 16mb, ive got some replacement antennas i got for 10 bux at radioshack, they are about twice as tall as teh default antennas, they work really well, inside the house 24mw never drops a packet, our apartment is b1 and the router is exactly at ground level, through no buildings the range is about 3 blocks, through buildings its not quite as good, the key to it is openWRT, plenty of settings to tweak, kind of like how a nice motherboard can get you an extra 100mhz fsb :)

    really the replacement antennas help too :) i couldn't really give you much info other than your gonna need then to be reverse TNC and as big as you can get them, all tho i wouldn't wanna spend much more than 10 or 15 bux personally.

    i cant really get a lot of good information on how fast 802.11n is but from what i HAVe gotten out of people it doesn't seem to be really all THAT much better than mine, a lot of people will just say useless information like "i get 300mb/sec" hehe 2mb/sec is solidly what, almost 20mbit? and she can get as high as 3mb/sec rarely and the lower latency is great [1ms]

    oh and i like how on the buffalo newegg reviews [buffalo being the best of those btw] that guy that says he will never get another non dd-wrt compatible router, that says it all. 10 year old router technology, its not like the newer ones have faster processors [or like that would even matter if they did] and its not like they have more memory since they have LESS

    EDIT: if there is any question in your mind about getting anything other than a router that is compatible with openWRT/dd-wrt/tomato simply take the routers model, and search for that on google with crash, that will get old real quick and show you why i feel that way :p
     
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    Paulieg The Mad Moderator Staff Member

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    Come on guys, any other thoughts?
     
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    yep my advise would be rather then buying teh best router for a lot of money like i did going down the 802n route, get a g or a cheap n router that supports a wireless repeater that way you have a batter chance of getting a good range! in my case i paid over £200 for a n card and router sold that and got a g router card and 2 repeaters and went from 24mb connection to 54mb never droped below
     
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    the most powerfull router i have found is the buffalo WHR-HP-G54 that has a integrated signal booster and will run DD-WRT firmware for lots of extra features.
     
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    Linksys WRT54GL
     
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    Yes, don't bump the same day.
    Long range within a building through walls is an issue. Why can't you use wires? You could also consider having multiple access points.
     
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    I'd just get two dd-wrt compatible routers and have one of them setup as a repeater
     
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    WDS yeah that works, and it works good too
     
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    The only true long range routers that actually perform as advertised are made by Engenius Technologies. Here's the link http://www.engeniustech.com/datacom/products/Category.aspx?id=40

    Ask anyone in the business...they will tell you..this is GOOD stuff. Not full of useless features but true long range that NOBODY can touch in their class.
     
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    ya why not wires? How much are you planning on walking around? o_O I hooked up the ethernet wire to my laptop then converted my bed into my work place and it worked out ok for me. Did I also mention that the plasma T.V is in front of my bed as well?

    also my bed happens to be in the living room lol~!
    xD

    Although I would like to know about whats a pretty good router at a decent price because we might be getting more computers and don't think we're able to hook wires through the house.
     

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