Need recommendation for a Wifi access point.

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by NotMe, Dec 24, 2005.

  1. NotMe

    NotMe Guest

    Neighbor lady (she does brownies right!!) just called and she wants me to
    pick up a wifi AP for her to give to her family (I'm to install this on the
    QT) as a Christmas present.

    As I'm going to be responsible for supporting this install (did I mention
    she's a great lady as well as great cook?) what should I recommend I get
    that would best fit her needs.

    Regards

    NM
     
    NotMe, Dec 24, 2005
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  2. Linksys WRT54G, preferably V4 (or GL).
     
    William P.N. Smith, Dec 24, 2005
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  3. another vote here for the WRT54G
     
    Alex Flaherty, Dec 24, 2005
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  4. Talk about last minute Christmas shopping...

    I can't tell if this is a request for a specific model to purchase or
    if you need basic instructions for how wireless systems work. Since
    Christmas is 2 days away, this could turn into a crash course in
    wirless networking and a hectic Christmas day getting it working.
    There are also two ends to a wireless connection. She may also need
    some hardware on the client computer end.

    In order to determine what is suitable for her system, we need to know
    what she already owns. What type of broadband connection? What model
    of broadband modem? Is there an existing router? Do you want to
    replace the existing router with a new wireless router, or just add a
    wireless access point? How far and through how many walls is the
    wireless expected to traverse? What type of client computers? How
    many?

    If you have to buy something immediately, then the Linksys WRT54G
    recommended by others is a fairly safe bet. If the stock firmware
    doesn't do what she wants, then alternative open source firmware
    certainly will do the job. The catch is that Linksys screwed up badly
    on the v5 model. Don't buy this one. It can be recognized by the
    serial number starting with CDFB.

    There are other makes and models that will also work just fine. If
    her brownies are really that good, you might wanna splurge and get her
    one of "pre-N" MIMO systems, that seems to work somewhat better than
    most.

    No matter what make or model you purchase, you will probably need to
    update the firmware or drivers to the latest versions. Be prepared
    for this exercise. I would give up on the idea of installing it
    without her knowledge.

    Also note that if she needs only an access point, all wireless routers
    can be used as just an access point by simply ignoring the router
    section. So, you're safe buying a wireless router as it can be
    reconfigured for the occassion.

    For some frantic last minute readings, tutorials, and reviews, see:
    http://www.practicallynetworked.com
    http://www.tomsnetworking.com/Wireless.php
     
    Jeff Liebermann, Dec 24, 2005
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  5. NotMe

    JM Guest

    I third that...

    WRT54G V4 (or GL).
     
    JM, Dec 24, 2005
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  6. NotMe

    shanks Guest

    Senao is ultimate 2054 or 2611

    shanks
     
    shanks, Dec 29, 2005
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  7. NotMe

    shanks Guest

    sorry 3054 NOT 2054

    shanks
     
    shanks, Dec 29, 2005
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