I need help chosing a wireless router

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  1. Casino

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    I need a Wireless B Router so I can play my PSP online. Right now, I have a Linksys BEFSR41 and have 2 computers linked up to it. I want to buy a wireless router and add the router to the network so I can still use my other router.

    I was looking at the Linksys BEFW11S4 because it's cheap and I haven't had any problems with Linksys. Amazon customer reviews gave it 3.5/5 stars. I read that is has a lot of problems with dropping connections. Is there a way to fix that? I don't have any 2.4GHz phones in my house, only 900MHz.

    I have heard mixed reviews about Netgear and D-Link's wireless B routers. So I don't know what to get. I read that B routers transfer at 11MB/s. I think Comcast cable downloads at like 4MB, does that mean that there would be no lose in speed if I just surfed the web and listened to streaming music and video? Would it only affect speeds if I was transfering files across the network?
     
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    Don't get 802.11b unless you have to. The MAX speed is 11Mbit, which means you'll never get it. Just like you'll never get 100Mbit on CAT5.

    I have a 802.11G Linksys Router and have no problems with it.
     
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    How would surfing the web on a B router be like? Like on a 56k modem?
     
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    No. You'll still get decent speeds but 802.11b is old. If you're not to worried about getting decent speeds, go ahead and get that. It's a lot cheaper.
     
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    An 802.11B router and an 802.11G router will perform identically for online activites. The 802.11G will only have an advantage when transferring files wirelessly.
     
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    True if the signal is crappy it might slow down. I had a poor signal in my old house and never could tell except when playing CS.

    Looking at the specs of the PSP, the device supports 802.11B only. If the PSP is the sole purpose for buying the router then just get an 802.11B router. If a laptop may be in the foreseeable future, get a B/G router.
     
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    Thats what I was wondering. I won't have to transfer files between computers very often and when I do, I'll just plug it into the router with a cable. What wireless B router models do you all recommend?
     
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    My friend had that Linksys you first mentioned for a couple years with good results. His house is pretty small though.
     
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    I have heard people having more problems with the Linksys wireless g router then with the d-link DI-524.

    I have heard some people say the Linksys one is horrible and some people praise it. I went to a PSP forum and asked for people who use the d-link router and they have no problems with it. The d-link router is also very cheap on ebay, around $20. I really don't know what to do, so I think I'll just give the D-Link router a try.
     
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    Honestly, it's not worth buying a B router when you can get a G one so cheap ($65 Canadian gets you the Linksys WRT54G around here... probably cheaper in the US). That's what I have and I haven't had any problems with it.
     
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    A lot of problems with routers are the user that set it up and don't know how to use it

    I have been using linksys for years and never had any problems with setting them up, wired or with the wireless b and wireless G
     
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    So do you think it's OK to go with the D-Link DI-524? I would get a Linksys but I don't have enough money for it. I am good with computers so I know what to do if there is a problem.
     
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    Basically buy which ever you would like, if your any good with networking you can solve any problems you have with either. (And it sounds like your mind is set on the D-link, so why are you asking?).

    FYI without rebate they are both are about the same price. Newegg has the D-link with a $20 rebate bringing the price to $25.
     
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    I can only pay for it using PayPal, so I'm gonna get it for around $15-20 on ebay.
     
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    I'm looking for a wireless router too.. I'm for sure going to get a Linksys one, I'm just not quite sure which one...

    I just need it for being able to use my laptop around the house.

    My laptop has b/g
     
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