Recommendation for wireless ADSL router

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Martin Underwood, Jul 27, 2003.

  1. Can anyone recommend a good wireless ADSL router (ie ADSL modem with 4
    Ethernet ports and a wireless access point)? I see that PC World sell the
    Linksys WRT54G-UK for £150. This includes Norton Internet Security with a
    60-day trial period - I presume this means that you don't get the normal
    one-year subscription (which then has to be renewed annually) that you get
    with the off-the-shelf product. And I presume it doesn't have a hardware
    firewall.

    Is the Linksys good? Are there any other products that I should be
    considering? Many 802.11g (54 Mbps) access points say that they are
    backward-compatible with 802.11b (11 Mbps) wireless adaptors (eg PCMCIA). Is
    this completely true or are they any catches? I noticed a US Robotics
    wireless adaptor that claimed that it was 802.11b but could support up to 22
    Mbps.

    Any recommendations for PCMCIA wireless adaptors as well?
     
    Martin Underwood, Jul 27, 2003
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  2. Martin Underwood

    Mark Guest

    I've been looking for something similar but I don't think this Linksys WRT54G
    router actually has an ADSL modem inside. Bit of a con if you ask me.
     
    Mark, Jul 27, 2003
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  3. Martin Underwood

    Nick Shaw Guest

    I recently got a Draytek Vigor 2600We - its got all the features (modem,
    firewall and wireless access point); it was remarkably easy to set up. If
    you look around, people are selling them with a bundled wireless PC card for
    your laptop. I managed to get the package for just under £200.

    Cheers

    Nick
     
    Nick Shaw, Jul 27, 2003
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  4. Linksys WRT54G router actually has an ADSL modem inside. Bit of a
    A braodband router is no use if it has ADSL modem inside - what if you want
    it for a cable modem
     
    Keith Roberts, Jul 28, 2003
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  5. Martin Underwood

    Martin² Guest

    I second the Draytek Vigor 2600We recommendation, it is bit more expensive,
    but it works straight from the box. Unlike the Netgear which after lots of
    time and hassle had to be returned, not even the software would load !
    Regards,
    Martin
     
    Martin², Jul 28, 2003
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  6. Martin Underwood

    Mark Guest

    The point is I do want ADSL inside and will never have a cable connection
    (unless I move house, but i'll cross that bridge then).

    Does Draytek do a 56mbs ADSL router ?
     
    Mark, Jul 28, 2003
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  7. Martin Underwood

    Chachi Guest

    Sadly enough can concur with these sentiments. Was fully Dlink here in
    the house until two DOA DSL-604+s and a mate's getting 2 of 3 DOA from a
    different vendor made me rethink.

    Went with the Netgear DG824m and have never looked back.
    Sweet piece of kit...
     
    Chachi, Jul 28, 2003
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  8. Martin Underwood

    Steve Guest

    Thirded !!!

    - Steve
     
    Steve, Jul 28, 2003
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  9. Martin Underwood

    Martin² Guest

    I think you mean 802.11g spec (54Mbs theoretical wireless speed) ?
    Not yet, probably very soon, but note that it doesn't have any effect on
    your internet connection which is only
    512kbs (or maybe 1 or 2Mbs if you pay extra £££).

    The extra speed is only available between your own computers, unlikely that
    you need to pay premium to save few seconds every now and then.
    Regards,
    Martin
     
    Martin², Jul 29, 2003
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  10. I'll second that. Support don't answer e-mails despite chasing follow
    up e-mail, sales don't answer you when you ask for their help in getting
    support to answer e-mails, telephone support never come back with an
    answer despite saying the request has been escalated the second, third,
    fourth etc. time you call. Avoid DLink at all costs!

    My DLink equipment was returned on the basis that no support was
    available.

    I then did the sensible thing and purchased a Vigor 2600WE ......
    absolutely perfect in all respects with several avenues for support.
     
    Malcolm Loades, Jul 29, 2003
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