Need wireless router recommendation.

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  1. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    My buddy's friend wants to put an old el-cheapo HP Celeron pc
    on a wireless router from his normal computer.
    The guy doesn't know his ass from a hole in the ground when it comes
    to pc's, and I don't know mine when it comes to wireless.

    Budget isn't a big concern, but he doesn't need anything that
    he could run a small factory off of either.

    Anything decent under a hundred bucks?
     
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    d-link, linksys, netgear............ if you're spending under $100 and don't have special needs (like QoS for voice) then buy the least expensive one on sale at best buy.... should be about $40.


    edit: since he's got to buy a wireless card for his PC look for bundled deals but you may not find a bundle for a PCI wireless card. Also, you may want to get the same brand card/access point to get that vendor's "super-g" speed (or whatever they call it).

    linksys access point, $50
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=5250774&type=product&productCategoryId=pcmcat25300050001&id=1051384663529

    card, $65
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=5333445&st=WMP54G++&type=product&id=1051384697890
     
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    I have the linksys (wrt54gs?) and it has worked great for a few years. I also had an SMC that would drop connection constantly.
    Along the same line as 7960 i like linksys, netgear, d-link in that order.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    We stopped by Sams Club last night, and they had a bundled Linksys for under a hundred bucks.
    I noticed on the package that the pci card wasn't shown with an antenna.
    Is that normal?
     
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    Looks like some of their SRX line doesn't have antennas form some pictures I've seen but I've never looked too much into them.
    If it were me and I were going wireless w/my desktop I would opt for one of the wireless usb adapters so I at least had an option to put it higher than a traditional PCI adapter.
     
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    If I'm getting that, you are talking about the physical height of the adapter.

    Well the router will be downstairs on his regular use pc. And the pci card will
    go upstairs in the older pc. So the height of the pci card wouldn't matter, correct?
     
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    I guess I was speaking in general. Alot of people have their pc's either in a "cubbyhole" of a computer desk or down under a desk in a corner, etc. Then you hve this little antenna pretty much surrounded by a desk or right next to a wall, etc.
    But if you get a wireless usb network adapter then you can put the actual adapter, say, up on top of a desk or wherever else the cord will reach.
    Since you are talking upstairs and downstairs I don't know if it would be a great benefit but I would still go the usb adapter route. You can try it in different positions. And you can always put it on the floor to see if your signal strength increases.
    Lastly, if your friend is not computer literate it's even easier to install.
    Just my opinion.
     
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    usb usually has better range, too
     
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    Ok, so I'll look for a deal on a usb Linksys then.

    Danke!
     
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    since you're looking you might as well see if you can find one that has a directional antenna or at least removable/replacable antenna. That way if he's getting crappy signal he can replace the antenna for $15 and push the signal more toward the access point.

    check out buffalo, too

    http://buffalotech.com/products/product-detail.php?productid=82&categoryid=8
     
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    Hmmm... I did a search on newegg, and all the usb routers are usb 2.0.

    The HP for sure doesn't have usb 2.0, so I'll go with a card
    and try to find something with a wired antenna feed off of the back of
    the pci card.
     
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    Very cool, thanks!
     

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