Is this a good router?

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  1. deadW8

    deadW8 New Member

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    I've been on 56k forever and don't know much about cable/dsl internet and routers. (I have been searching through older posts though and everyone seems to definitely recommend a router with dsl.)

    I'll be ordering SBC's dsl this week and I wanted to know if this router was any good: Netgear WGR614 Wireless 802.11g 54 Mbps Router. Do I need anything else, I remember something about an ethernet card but it's not mandatory?

    I have a really old PIII 500mhz E-machine (I know it's old and e-machines sucks, but it works still and hasn't given me any trouble. :x: )

    Will I need to upgrade anything pci/network cards or anything else necessary for the dsl connection? (I'm pretty sure SBC includes the dsl modem in their package.)

    TIA
     
  2. txz

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    make sure that they give you a dsl modem that has an ethernet connection not just one that uses USB. Also you will need to make sure that your desktop and a ethernet port. The router you mentioned is a decent router for the money.
     
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    txz: Thanks for the info. Iif I ask for a dsl modem with ethernet connection will it also have USB? Or is it one or the other only?
     
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    If you plan on connecting only one computer to the DSL modem, then a router is unecessary. You will need a network card regardless of whether you use a router or not. If you do need wireless capabilities, I would suggest you get a cheaper 802.11b router and wireless network card, as the extra throughput of the g won't be utilized by a DSL or cable connection.
     
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    not so. this is the point of a usb dsl modem
     
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    Um, so are you telling me that I don't need a hardware firewall then? I'd rather have the router (<--firewall) and I will be connecting 2 computers. As for 802.11b, I dunno but from everything I've been reading g > b. :dunno:
     
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    Sure, g > b when you're transfering large amounts of data between machines on your local network. But, if your machines don't talk to each other much, g really isn't worth the extra cost.
     
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    Oh, ok...thanks for clearing that up for me. :)
     
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    G is only better than B if your going to use the network for some type of data sharing between two machines with atleast one being wireless. VERY few DSL/Cable connections come anywhere close to using the capacity that 802.11B carries let alone G. Especially SBC which only sells around 1.5 meg or so, where 802.11B will pass around 5 or 6 megs usually..

    And I am one of them people who STRONGLY suggest anyone having broadband and leave their machine on for any lenght to spend the $20+ for a router... Its the cheapest was to give yourself some security. Software firewalls are not worth the CPU power they use...(IMHO)! BUT a there are only a few routers that use USB and I have yet to hear of someone who has one and likes it. Ethernet is much more common, so ask for a ethernet modem and get a router which you will need a network cable to connect to the computer. And obviously the computer needs to have a ethernet network interface card to plug the router into (or wireless).
     

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