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Virgin / Cable Wireless router

Discussion in 'Networks' started by dan_1983, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. dan_1983

    dan_1983 Bit Poster

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    Okay, so i have a netgear DG834 (i think) which i have had for about 2 years. Its okay, but now with 4 wireless laptops, a couple of ipods and a playstation all hammering my wlan it struggles quite often, usually only resolved with a reboot of the netgear router.

    So i have been looking at different wireless routers to swap this with and am looking at the one below:

    http://www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk/Shop/ShopDetail.asp?ProductID=5327

    I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with one of these? Basically i need something that can handle the laptops doing usual browsing and also the PS3 kicking some butt on call of duty :)

    Also, i have been doing some reading on the wireless N does it require specific network cards on the machines to take advantage of this?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Gingerdave

    Gingerdave Megabyte Poster

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    Unless the hardware is rated for N the router will default to G speeds so you may be no better off.
     
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  3. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    WiFi 'N' has a number of drawbacks which *may* mean that you don't get the benefit from the notional higher speed.

    However - your main problem is that your current router needs rebooting so often. You will need to do a fair bit of research on this, as that sort of info doesn't appear in specs!

    Many domestic routers these days will fail with high throughput - usually because they just don't have the processor power to handle it all. This is a direct result of keeping the cost low. So you may have to go a bit upmarket to ensure better stability.

    Harry.
     
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  4. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    One of my mates has one of these and works perfectly, so i went and bought one. However I've had nothing but problems with it (it's just mine though), haven't had the time to send it back :(

    -Ken
     
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  5. -Mercury-

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    Have you tried a firmware upgrade to solve your problem?

    Are you running the latest firmware?

    Mercury
     
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  6. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Yeah, I think it's a problem with the internal antenna. It works as a router/switch and you can configure the settings as normal (this would have been my 4th Linksys wireless router/switch in the last 8 years), however no laptop can see/pick up the wireless network (I've tried 4 laptops, one of them even has an "N" network card that works at my mates).

    -Ken
     
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  7. dan_1983

    dan_1983 Bit Poster

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    Hi Mercury

    If this is aimed at me, then yes i have the latest firmware on the router. To be fair it is fairly old, maybe i will look around the £100 mark for a router
     
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