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EFFIGY
13-02-2010, 06:58 PM
Hey all.
Finally the old D-Link system has sucked a kumera :crying.
So, what to buy?
I require good strong signal in a slightly abnormal house.
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Two buildings (A & B) separate but very close arranged in a boomerang layout.
* are the PC's
% is the position of the modem
Distance from modem to most distant laptop is about 15m through 3 gib board walls and 2 windows.
I have 3 contenders in mind but am open to any sound advice.
1 - Linksys WAG160N
2 - Netgear DG834G V3
3 - D-Link DSL 2740B

Cheers
:)
PS: all the spaces have been lost from the formatting, so imagine a map of New Zealand. The modem is in Nelson, PC 1 is in New Plymouth. PC2 is in Hamilton and the roving laptop is in Northland.

EFFIGY
13-02-2010, 07:51 PM
Please don't be scared to offer opinions, I will make my own decision regardless. I'm just interested in experiences and opinions.

In my experience this has always been a sound, helpful forum...

This is my disclaimer; In no way will I hold anyone responsible for the choice I make based on any anecdotal experiences posted here.

Thank you for the bandwidth.

Zippity
13-02-2010, 07:56 PM
Linksys WAG160N or the WAG320N :)

linw
13-02-2010, 09:34 PM
See here for the WAG160N http://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/showthread.php?t=104997&highlight=WAG160N

Chilling_Silence
13-02-2010, 11:24 PM
Yeah I'd avoid the WAG160N personally ...

The NetComm NB6Plus4WN is nice, but what you'd be best off doing is getting something like a WRT54GL, popping DD-WRT or Tomato on it, bumping up the power output, and getting a larger antenna or two.

Thoughts on routers here: http://chillingsilence.wordpress.com/2009/11/23/the-importance-of-a-good-router/

EFFIGY
14-02-2010, 02:39 PM
OK I'm going to go with NetComm NB6Plus4Wn. I will post here when I have it all installed.
Thanks.

TeejayR
14-02-2010, 03:17 PM
Have you checked out PriceSpy for the latest prices - some sites now have it for around $145 incl GST

Look forward to see how you get on with it as I'm looking at upgrading my 5 year old US Robotics router to the NetComm.

Trev

EFFIGY
14-02-2010, 04:13 PM
Im going here
\http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=0&keyword=NetComm+NB6Plus4Wn&x=10&y=11
They have good reviews from price spy. So the unit will be $144.80 +freight.

Chilling_Silence
14-02-2010, 05:11 PM
I'd be keen to hear your thoughts also, good or bad, on how the installation / experience went :)

EFFIGY
21-02-2010, 08:02 PM
Well I ordered the unit yesterday. Excellent communications with them so far. Will keep you posted. I'm on rural delivery so I expect it will arrive Wednesday.:cool:

wratterus
22-02-2010, 03:35 PM
Yep good on you, stay the hell away from the WAG160N.

My Netcomm NB6Plus4WN hasn't missed a beat. :punk I wonder how Sol got on with his one?

http://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/showthread.php?t=105460

End of the WAG160N saga ^^

utopian201
22-02-2010, 03:45 PM
Linksys WAG160N or the WAG320N :)

And not the WAG320N either. While it is dual band, it is not simultaneous dual band.

wratterus
22-02-2010, 03:54 PM
Missed the edit time...

http://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/showthread.php?t=106683

SolMiester
22-02-2010, 03:56 PM
Yep good on you, stay the hell away from the WAG160N.

My Netcomm NB6Plus4WN hasn't missed a beat. :punk I wonder how Sol got on with his one?

http://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/showthread.php?t=105460

End of the WAG160N saga ^^


Hi Wrat, havent heard anything bad yet, so thats good!'Just bought another set...TP Link w\ adapter (pci), wireless G, $164 for set...for my niece. She is home with my Mum and Dad, so had to sort her a little PC for her room, the old man was stressing that he couldnt play his card games.....LOL

wratterus
22-02-2010, 03:57 PM
:lol:

Good to hear... :punk

Chilling_Silence
22-02-2010, 08:19 PM
Awesome stuff, great to hear it's working out well :)

EFFIGY
24-02-2010, 08:18 PM
:clap:clap
Unit arrived today. Took me 20 minutes to unpack it, install and connect 3 PC's and 1 Laptop to the network:cool: The range is good we now have strong connectivity for the laptop throughout the whole house, 4 walls and 30m away. only been running 3 hours so can say how stable or not.
So...
Thank you all for the advice:wub

I would give you more specs on speed etc if I knew where to look, so there's testimony for how easy to install it was - If a noob like me can do it anyone can.
I recommend Alpha City too, their communication was great, and service prompt. I'll be using them again.

Netcomm NB6Plus4WN Rocks :banana

Chilling_Silence
25-02-2010, 07:39 AM
Good stuff :-)

Speed specs are more to do with your internet line speed rather than your physical modem, however if you do a comparison between two different modems on the same broadband line, you'll find that the NB6Plus4WN comes out pretty much on top in terms of squeezing out all the juice from the broadband line that it can.

Great to hear it's worked out so well for ya :)