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    Recommend a decent wireless N ADSL2+ router?

    Looking to upgrade to a wireless N network - our house is quite long, front to back, and the router is in the living room, so the wireless signal drops out at the back of the house - it's there, but very faint. I've currently got a Linksys WAG354G, which is my first and so far only wireless router. I've had it for 5 years, so it's old, but very good, has been very reliable, fast and never given me a single problem. But I'm in the process of building a new desktop and when it came to getting a wireless adapter I thought it's time to upgrade to wireless N, hopefully getting a router that will cover all the rooms in the house while I'm at it.

    So I need an ADSL2+ (O2 broadband) wireless N router. I like Linksys but have no real preference on brand. What do you all have and what would you recommend?

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    Ive got one of these and it is phenominal, I used to have loads of drop outs with my netgear but since I upgraded to this I havent had any problems at all, the range is great and it is perfect for browsing and online gaming it is ADSL 2 so should fit the bill
    hope this helps

    Scotty

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the replies. I'd definitely like to stick with Linksys so it's good to hear that their newer routers are just as good. I did actually grab a Netgear wireless N router for a bargain price on eBay a couple of months ago but its range was no greater than my G Linksys, the speeds were pathetic and it was constantly cutting out on me and requiring resetting. So I returned it.

    150mbps would at least be a noticable improvement over wireless G speeds, especially if it came with greater range, but I do have a NAS drive so 300mbps would be useful. Which Linksys routers run at that speed?


    reddragon105

    Thanks for the replies. I'd definitely like to stick with Linksys so it's … Thanks for the replies. I'd definitely like to stick with Linksys so it's good to hear that their newer routers are just as good. I did actually grab a Netgear wireless N router for a bargain price on eBay a couple of months ago but its range was no greater than my G Linksys, the speeds were pathetic and it was constantly cutting out on me and requiring resetting. So I returned it.150mbps would at least be a noticable improvement over wireless G speeds, especially if it came with greater range, but I do have a NAS drive so 300mbps would be useful. Which Linksys routers run at that speed?



    I would look at some tests to see the difference between N speeds and G speeds . Wireless is good but the speeds are (can be) too slow for file tx streaming, etc. for interenet use they are fast enough but check with some tested hardware what the speeds are.

    I bought recently from play sale (dunno why as I've got 20+ other modem/routers) a dlink 2640B and the N version DSL-2740B which is supposed to be one of the if not fastest N wireless devices available (or maybe it was when tested and at the time) Like I said search for some tests of speeds achievable under N
    Edited by: "dontasciime" 3rd Aug 2010

    Would never touch a linksys again no uk contact at all, call center is in philippines
    I had a 160n had nothing but problems with a firmware bug ( AP isolation would limit ports between the wifi and the lan) sent the router twice for replacements at £15 a go and about £30 in phone calls
    Had to take back to store in the end for a refund as problem never got resolved.
    I now have a Billon BiPAC 7800N not cheap about £120 but gigabit lan and wireless N
    The router is rock solid never needed a reboot in 6 months

    ^ have you test the upnp on that billion... eg have you got 2 xbox 360's or 2 ps3's that you use on xbox live or psn at same time ? thanks

    dontasciime just did a little test for you
    only have one gold live and one silver so dont know how good the results are for you
    both boxs on dash passed live test
    gold on bc2 and silver on dash still passed the live test with no nat problems

    Original Poster

    I suppose the best customer service is one you never have to use... I'm sort of glad to see that I'm not the only one who's had serious problems with a Netgear router, and I've had a good track record with Linksys - I've had my current WAG354G for 5 years and before that my wired router was a Linksys and not a single problem with either of them. In fact the WAG354G I have is a Rev 1.0, which didn't even support ADSL2+ originally, but I've kept its firmware up to date and each major release has been a vast improvement. Never heard of Billion before but will check them out.

    I should have mentioned - I do stream media (videos and music) from my NAS drive, but mostly to my games consoles (360 and PS3), which are right next to the router, so I can use wired connections. My PCs, however, would need to connect to the NAS drive wirelessly, but on those I'd mostly just be opening Word documents or streaming MP3s and very occasionally backing up large files, so although fast, reliable wireless data transfer would be ideal, it's not a strict necessity.

    djnaff

    dontasciime just did a little test for youonly have one gold live and one … dontasciime just did a little test for youonly have one gold live and one silver so dont know how good the results are for youboth boxs on dash passed live test gold on bc2 and silver on dash still passed the live test with no nat problems




    Both have to be connected to live at same time (ideally playing MW2 on live) as MW has a status for NAT... both have to have OPEN for NAT via either network test on 360 or mw2 MP screen

    I take it your using DHCP and UPNP

    Thanks for the mini test

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