Router Advice/Recommendations please

Discussion in 'Gaming and Software' started by Myss, Mar 23, 2008.

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  1. Finally decided that I have no choice but to purchase one as there's too many hands wanting to grab this one in my most busiest moments (no not porn). Looking for a cable modem which is Vista compatable (or the software available from website etc).
    Anyone using one with the above detail? Seen a couple 'Buffalo' ones which seem okay and Amazon are selling routers (all makes) at amazing prices at the mo but wondering if the performance is as low as the price. Not looking for one with a million aerials or super-dooper booster to extend signal across the county either, would be content with a wireless one with at least 100Mpbs.
  2. Hello MyssL,

    I use a standard BT router and have no problems with it so I don't use anything else.
    However I have sold a Netgear DG834NUK who had issues with less capable routers.
    He was so pleased with it he bought another for home.
    If you have a typical modern home a basic router will do,if you have a more sturdily constructed older home or a house with a lot of steelwork then you may need something better.

  3. msr

    msr LE


    He has specified a cable modem, so the DG834 would not be of any use.

    A Netgear WGR614 would fit the bill though.

  4. spike7451

    spike7451 RIP

    I was a NTL engineer for a few years & can offer one bit of advice.....

    Do NOT use ACTIONTEC!!!
  5. Cheers but according to Amazon, maximum is 54Mpbs.
  6. spike7451

    spike7451 RIP

  7. msr

    msr LE

    How fast is your internet connection ? 2Mbps? 8 Mbps? 10 Mbps?

    What is the spec of the wireless card you are going to connect it with? Probably 54Mbps.

    Be a bit careful of anything calling itself 'Pre-n'. I don't believe the standard has been ratified yet.

    There's a long way to go before the wireless link becomes the bottleneck.

  8. the air interface that is he antenna or lan port from your router and PC will most likely have a 54Mbps the router itself will have only ADSL 2-4-8 or possibly 10+ Mbps.

    However depending on the technology used (protocol) type its likely that this could actually slow down as other services may have priorty (things like voice, email along with HTTP tend to take up more bandwidth or have a higher setting for priority. and the likes of Gaming will be on a best effort. Also the server which is hosting the games will also be limited depending on which country its located in. but its likely to be a best effort service rather than a guarenteed service.

    Check the type of firewall you have, the better the firewall the slower it will be and have an effect on your connection speed (thats the trade off)

    And finally depending on who your ISP is even though they claim to have all this bandwidth, they will also have a fair use policy, even though you wont know it they may throttle backc your connection speed as well if you go over a certain useage

    hope this helps

  9. msr

    msr LE

    What are you on about?

  10. some firewalls like norton as an example tend to slow the performance down on some internet connections. there are others which i am not too familar with. If you wish you can ignore the firewall bit, its only advice and its only free.
  11. spike7451

    spike7451 RIP

    McAfee does the same thing as does certain applications like BBCi Player ect.
  12. Hello msr,

    quite right,MyssL did start off asking for a cable modem but finished off asking for a wireless one with 100Mbps.
    Perhaps he can be a little more clear over what he is looking for.

    The only Netgear I have used myself is the DG834Gv4 which is part of the DBG111G package.
    I only used it for a few hours but it was very easy to set up and did the job.
    Customers give me good feedback on Netgear too but I have no idea if any other manufacturers are any good or not.

    When ordering a Netgear though,very different routers will often have very similar names,DG834 is very different to a DG834N for example.
    If it has UK on the end of the name that just means it is United Kingdom specification,not a different model,it is often omitted.
    Be careful and make sure you get exactly the one you need.

  13. msr

    msr LE

    Netgear is the brand I recommend.

  14. Currently using Netgear (looks under box), DG834G v4, piece of p1ss to set up. If you are running Zone Alarm and Spybot, these tend to go into meltdown when loading, ie dont walk away from the comp when setting up, as one or other keeps pausing it.
  15. She could if she knew about routers :wink: but as this is my first time looking into getting one so my knowledge is limited to more or less what I said in my OP.
    Thanks for the replies though, the knowledge has been a little more broaden with the info in this thread and subsequent searches over the wknd.

    One last possibly dumbass question: If I have a 2-3Mbps broadband connection, whether I get a 56, 100 or 300Mbps router, my connection speed won't increase in the slightest? Some catalogues I read seem to make it sound as if it would.