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LOWTEC
04-10-2007, 10:48 AM
after enduring yet another year using a crappy DLINK router im finally so sick of how rubbish they are im going to fork out the cash and buy a new one. however i dont really know which brand to go for, essential im after a 4 port router with wifi like the DLINK DSL-G604T I have at the moment just not another DLINK one!

thanks for any help

wainuitech
04-10-2007, 11:03 AM
Linksys always seem to be popular - and work well. Something like This (http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?item=MODLKS0200)

Pacifier
04-10-2007, 11:19 AM
Still Linksys but the newer model, slightly more expensive though

http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=335058

Pourhommenz
04-10-2007, 12:09 PM
I've found the Dick Smith Electronic brand routers really good and reliable.

wratterus
04-10-2007, 12:19 PM
I've found the Dick Smith Electronic brand routers really good and reliable.

I have seen over 5 of them fail this year, and the UI is unbelievably crap, worse than Dlink by a long shot.

CYaBro
04-10-2007, 02:29 PM
Still Linksys but the newer model, slightly more expensive though

http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=335058

That photo is not the WAG54G! :eek: It is a photo of the WAG200G which is newer than the WAG54G.

The WAG200G is what I would go for.

beeswax34
04-10-2007, 02:41 PM
Linksys, easy to set up, value for money and great help desk.

chiefnz
04-10-2007, 02:49 PM
I use a 3Com wireless router/firewall myself... have used a netgear one as well and they both worked really good.

Still using the 3Com unit and I've had no problems with it.. the admin page is pretty straight forward and is has many configurable bits. Most of which I don't use.

cheers

LOWTEC
04-10-2007, 02:50 PM
thanks for that everyone seems like Linksys seems to be the way to go now i just have to find the money...:)

Shortcircuit
04-10-2007, 03:03 PM
I bought a Linksys WAG200G a month or so ago. Absolute pig of a thing to set up (I am not the only one to say this!), but once going it's fine.

One BIG downside for a wireless router is that it has no physical on-off switch (my old D-link had a push button on the back) so you have to unplug to reset etc and you have to go into the web interface to disable wireless (which I guess is standard for most of them)

I'm just saying- think a bit about how you will use it. If you are only going to use the wireless part for a spare lap top now and then, it may not be a good idea if you can't disable the wireless and leave it running 24/7.

razzarphenix
04-10-2007, 03:19 PM
I really recommend staying away from linksys especially with summer coming (poor heat dissipation in a lot of the newer models). They were once a good company but these days make crap mainly because when cisco purchased the company they got rid of all the experienced engineers that designed the circuitry and instead outsourced that job!

thinks like the linksys wag54gv2 is a perfect example of this although its a lot better once you load the unofficial firmware.

If you want a good router get a buffalo router (distributed by uniden in Australasia) the default firmwares are good but if you flash to openwrt its even better!
heres a list of supported hardware:
http://wiki.openwrt.org/TableOfHardware?action=show&redirect=toh
and heres my recommendation at the moment:
Uniden Buffalo 125 High Power Wireless Cable/DSL Smart Router (WHR-HP-G54) it costs around $167+gst from places like http://www.aquilatech.co.nz/

See other users opinions on the model:
http://reviews.cnet.com/networking-and-wi-fi/buffalo-airstation-whr-hp/4852-3243_7-31490869.html?tag=sub

And yes I owned a Linksys router got sick of the high pitch noises emitted more than anything but also the random freezes etc..etc.. in the end dumped it! I was once a Linksys fan its a shame when some of the crappier brands start outdoing once great brands...

Where as the buffalo I've yet to reboot it because of a problem and the power output/reception strength is up there with the expensive mimo routers.

Pete O'Neil
04-10-2007, 03:42 PM
That photo is not the WAG54G! :eek: It is a photo of the WAG200G which is newer than the WAG54G.

The WAG200G is what I would go for.
Are you sure? I'm pretty sure you cant get the classic WAG54G anymore, Linksys changed the enclosure.

CYaBro
04-10-2007, 03:46 PM
Are you sure? I'm pretty sure you cant get the classic WAG54G anymore, Linksys changed the enclosure.

Mmm... It may be the WAG54GP2 which has the two telephone ports on it to make your phone into a VOIP phone.

george12
04-10-2007, 04:40 PM
Mmm... It may be the WAG54GP2 which has the two telephone ports on it to make your phone into a VOIP phone.

I've got that, and it's the best router I've ever owned or used. The UI is brilliant, the features are brilliant and I have never had to reboot it in over 6 months of operation.

I don't use the ADSL part of it, though, but when I did the speed was better than any ADSL router I've used before. I was able to reprogram the route table to make it use the LAN interface as its WAN connection too, as I switched to cable.

razzarphenix
04-10-2007, 06:29 PM
Whatever brand you get I recommend you get something thats openwrt or dd-wrt capable, you can do almost anything you want then with the router and your not stuck on some old firmware when the device is no-longer produced.
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