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cable/DSL router recommendations?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by DBSPaul, Feb 23, 2004.

  1. DBSPaul

    DBSPaul Mentor/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Mar 26, 2002
    So my old router (bought last century..) is now the bottleneck in my network (no more cable modem!!!). Anyone have particular recommendations on brands (both good and ones to avoid)? Web based administration and firmware upgrades are necessary - Mac user here. (Ie. no PC-only setup programs.)

  2. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper DBSTalk Club

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    Some of the routers that I have come across require either a telnet connection and/or a web browser to configure, so it's platform independent. On a few occassions, I have actually fixed a router configuration remotely by telnetting into the router from my desktop.

    I would go with either Linksys or Netgear. However, since I plan on getting a ADSL line in the near future, I will need one that will do PPPoA authentication. Most of the routers do PPPoE. Many of the companys now have the instructions online as a PDF file, which is now a purchasing requirement of mine before I purchase equipment.
  3. Bogy

    Bogy Hall Of Fame

    Mar 23, 2002
    In front of me I have a Linksys Etherfast Cable/DSL Router, and a Linksys 2.4 GHz Wireless Access Point blinking at me. I've had good luck with Linksys.
  4. mini1

    mini1 Icon

    Jan 25, 2004
    The Belkin 54g wireless/wired cable/DSL gateway router is the best. it almost sets up itself in terms of software, which took me all of 3 minutes to set up at my location with 2 computers on it. It provides all the speed you will ever need for even streaming video. included is all software/firmware (including network firewall) which is fully upgradeable and makes a highly and fast secure network. you can control almost every software aspect of the router from a control panel, which can include automatic firmware updates. this unit is the easiest to set up and use on the market, I guarantee it. It also has absolutely FREE 24/7 toll free tech support which is very helpful and they actually know how to solve the problem. I fully recommend this router, as I have set up and used a netgear+Linksys wireless G and B router! best one I have ever had and it is future proof (for a wile) ! All software for the Belkin is mac compatible, at least my new 54g Belkin's is. :)

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