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Wireless Routers

Postby theatrelvr » Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:24 am

I purchased the Compaq laptop from Wal-Mart and now I need some advice on wireless routers so I can use it with my Comcast internet. What do I look for in a router?

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Postby imscott72 » Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:27 am

Assuming your new laptop has a wireless card in it, just go back to Wal-Mart and buy a wireless router. They're about 35-40 bucks and really easy to set up. Just follow the instructions that comes with it. Any Belkin or Linksys router will work, just make sure it's wireless. Make sure you secure your new network with a password too, otherwise anyone outside your house can use your connection.

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Postby theatrelvr » Wed Nov 19, 2008 12:48 pm

Thank you. Do you know which would be best, a MIMO or WRT110? I can't determine which would be better, I'm looking for one with the longest range--how do I tell?

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Postby lovebf » Wed Nov 19, 2008 1:38 pm

I use Linksys

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Postby bogart » Wed Nov 19, 2008 1:55 pm

If you have multiple users and numerous potential dead spots in a large house, you might benefit from a MIMO router, but the range-booster type will probably suffice.

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Postby DotCom » Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:06 pm

I use Linksys Wireless-G. Never have a problem. The connection downstairs is the same as upstairs.

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Postby packers » Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:12 pm

DotCom wrote:I use Linksys Wireless-G. Never have a problem. The connection downstairs is the same as upstairs.


This is what we have gotten for our parents. Sadly, my hubby got one several years ago and it had to be a mac thingy since we all have macs. Airport or something like that.... I remember it was expensive. No way would I let him buy something like that now that I am "fiscally responsible"!!

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Postby MikesTooLz » Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:42 pm

Any wireless router will work. The price you pay will depend on what you get out of the router. The better the quality, longer the range, and faster speeds of the router will all bump up the price.

I would try to find a decent priced 802.11G router. If you want to make sure you get a real good connection and a little more range get one that also has MIMO. If you want to try and future proof your wireless, buy an 802.11N router.

The 802.11N routers have come down in price are all backward compatable with 802.11A, 802.11B and 802.11G Devices. Most likely your laptop has a built in 802.11B or 802.11G wireless card(G is better than B). The advantage with 802.11N is that you get a heck of a lot more range and the connection speeds are faster.
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Postby theatrelvr » Wed Nov 19, 2008 4:51 pm

Awesome input!!!! Thanks everyone. :D

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Postby imscott72 » Wed Nov 19, 2008 6:38 pm

MikesTooLz wrote:Any wireless router will work. The price you pay will depend on what you get out of the router. The better the quality, longer the range, and faster speeds of the router will all bump up the price.

I would try to find a decent priced 802.11G router. If you want to make sure you get a real good connection and a little more range get one that also has MIMO. If you want to try and future proof your wireless, buy an 802.11N router.

The 802.11N routers have come down in price are all backward compatable with 802.11A, 802.11B and 802.11G Devices. Most likely your laptop has a built in 802.11B or 802.11G wireless card(G is better than B). The advantage with 802.11N is that you get a heck of a lot more range and the connection speeds are faster.


Good info. I agree with Mike..

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Postby XmasDVD » Wed Nov 19, 2008 6:43 pm

I got a Linksys Wireless-G 2.4GHz and it's been solid.
Model # WRT54GS

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Postby ravens24 » Wed Nov 19, 2008 7:07 pm

I got one of the laptops(298.00) at Wal-mart also; do I need a wireless router if I have Verizon DSL? Do I need a wireless card? I don't know all the ins and outs on computers

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802.11n (mimo)

Postby pcgeekess1 » Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:39 pm

802.11N is the way to go. I had a Linksys 802.11G which was great at the time but when I changed to the 802.11N recently and you can actually tell the difference in speed and connection range. Netgear has a good one at a resonable price. I would try geeks.com as they have some great prices. I am able to buy wholesale through my job and I still go to the geeks website.

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Postby tobinsky » Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:40 pm

I used to have a linksys and it was ok, had some problems, but I love the Netgear I have now.

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Postby heatherbade » Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:29 am

We have a linksys and the PC in my daughter's room rarely gets a connection. Annoying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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