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    Can anyone recommend a good wireless router please, very confused.

    Hi
    Going to change our router as it is old and we have been advised to go for an n router. I have looked at many on amazon with reviews and many have great reviews but the poor ones mention poor wireless connectivity.
    In our house we have 3 lap tops, a playstation, 2 nintendo DS, and 2 Iphones as well as a printer. I am hoping all of these could be wireless. we also live in the countryside so speeds tend to be a bit poor, for instance we can watch BBC iplayer but sometimes you have to wait for it to catch up.
    Can anyone recommend a good router please. It does not necessarily have to be cheap I want something that will do the job rather than go for a bargain. Any advice would be appreciated.
    Not sure its relevant but all our laptops now run Windows 7.

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    Sound more like you are getting poor service from your ISP. If so then using a different router won't solve the fundamental problem.

    The games consoles and iPhone don't support 802.11n so switching to an 802.11n router won't affect their WiFi performance. Switching to 802.11n is usually only recommended if the problem is RF interfence (usual suspects are video senders and microwave ovens).

    I'd try contacting your ISP to see if they have any sugestions. If they can't or won't help then move to a different ISP. If might be useful to talk to neighbours to see if they have similar problems.

    Original Poster

    Thanks for replying.
    I didnt realise the isp was relevant as they didnt give us the router. It is zen.
    I do know we have problems with our network. We set it up initially about five years ago when we didn't know much about it all. (no change there then). Our main problem is that quite often we will connect another gadget and have a problem with the IP (think that's right) I am guessing its all to do with how it was set up initially. I also don't know the current routers password and I have tried all the default type ones .Again down to my ignorance originally.
    As my partner is getting a new laptop this week and we know the router is at least 4 years old and isn't an N which we were told to get it seemed sensible to get a new router and start a new network.
    That does concern me about the DS. Does everyone have that problem or is there a way around it.


    dcx_badass

    You've not told us your internet company so how you expect a … You've not told us your internet company so how you expect a recommendation I don't know.Also the DS's only support WEP security which can be cracked in under a minute using free software, so unless you want all your information at risk I'd use WPA and just not let them go online.



    easily resolved by creating a separate SSID..............

    dcx_badass

    Don't think there is a way round it, the original DS only supports … Don't think there is a way round it, the original DS only supports WEP.Not all routers can do this, and presumably they're still on the same netwrok via the router?



    then the OP in correct is asking for a GOOD wireless router, blimey

    for the record an SSID is a separate network or WLAN if you will, a router is merely a device between networks
    Edited by: "Alfonse" 5th May 2011

    Banned

    If you can get a separate modem then you can't beat Apple's offerings for the money.

    Original Poster

    Hi
    After reading all the above I am wondering whether rather than buying a new router I should just reset the one I have to factory settings which will solve my problem of lost password and see if i can redo the network.
    I think I will be OK with the laptops but can someone tell me if I have to do anything with the play station.
    My two boys play on it including on-line (when its working) so I am wondering if I reset the router if they will lose anything. Is there anything I should do first before the router reset.
    Thanks

    Goofeys Girl

    Is there anything I should do first before the router reset.


    You will need to re-input your ADSL login name and login password. These are not necessarily the same as your email address or any of the passwords you currently use. When you originally signed up for ADSL you probably received a letter with this information.

    D-Link DIR-655 router

    Original Poster

    nick1austin

    You will need to re-input your ADSL login name and login password. These … You will need to re-input your ADSL login name and login password. These are not necessarily the same as your email address or any of the passwords you currently use. When you originally signed up for ADSL you probably received a letter with this information.



    Hi sorry to be a numpty but would that be something my isp gave me. I haven't a letter but it may have got lost. Can I phone them to get it or have i totally misunderstood you.


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