Quantcast
  1. Sign up now and join over 35,000 northwest gun owners. It's quick, easy, and 100% free!

Router Suggestions???

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by eriknemily, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

    Messages:
    779
    Likes Received:
    21
    I just got a new laptop and would like to get a wireless router so I can be super lazy and drool over NWFA classifieds on my couch instead of at the computer desk:D Any of you techie folk have some advice for someone who's mostly clueless about this stuff? All I know is that I have an ethernet cable plugged into my old desktop and when I open up Firefox it works. What do I need? I'd like to keep my cost below $75 if I can (I'd hate to waste ammo money on a router!!!)
     
  2. Kanewpadle

    Kanewpadle Washington Member

    Messages:
    90
    Likes Received:
    1
    Linksys or Netgear.

    Get one that is dual band. Either Wireless G or N compatible.
     
  3. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

    Messages:
    4,903
    Likes Received:
    5,853
    Avoid NetGear. I've never had a good network setup with their products.


    Go with a Linksys (child company of Cisco) or Belkin. <-- the one I bought.

    I purchased a Belkin N+ recently to work with all of my wireless N devices and I have been very happy with it. I had another belkin for about 5 years before that.

    A good idea though is to check and see what type of wireless your laptop has. If it has N you should go with a N router. If it's G, go with G. N has it's advantages over G so there's no point in having a N laptop with a G router. It's like driving a Ferrari on a gravel road.

    Reason for N over G:
    N uses multiple connections to achieve the speed.

    With the addition of my N router I ended up adding one of these:
    http://www.google.com/products/cata...TEJp22igSfoKmfCA&sa=title&ved=0CBMQ8wIwAjgA#p

    For my desktop so I could put it wherever I wanted.

    Just because you go N does not mean it won't service any G adapters, all of them are backwards compatible unless you specify it to not be.



    I'm sure some will disagree with me but hey, were all entitled.
     
  4. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    6,838
    Likes Received:
    1,186
    Are you sure your router doesn't already have wireless capability?
     
  5. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

    Messages:
    779
    Likes Received:
    21
    Here's the deal. My next door neighbor allowed me to run a cable directly into the router in their home. However, the signal is too weak for my laptop to pick up in my house. So I don't exactly have a router:D
     
  6. Ballistic

    Ballistic Salem, Oregon Active Member

    Messages:
    357
    Likes Received:
    69
  7. SlickJoeSD

    SlickJoeSD Astoria, OR Member

    Messages:
    142
    Likes Received:
    1
    linksys with DD-WRT. find it on ebay.
     
  8. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

    Messages:
    779
    Likes Received:
    21
    thanks for all of the replies guys. Now here's another question for you:

    Will I have trouble setting up my router if I don't have access to any of the ISP info for my internet connection? As I posted earlier, I get my service straight from my neighbor. My neighbor lives in Nevada so I don't have a good way of having specific ISP info. Thanks in advance for you advice.

    Erik
     
  9. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    6,838
    Likes Received:
    1,186
    Gotcha!
     
  10. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    6,838
    Likes Received:
    1,186
    It all depends if his network is open or not. If it's closed you will need the encryption key or you will have to use a packet sniffer and crack the key. And all that is if it is WEP encryption, if it is WPA forget it.

    Do a Google search for the word Aircrack.

    Did I mention what my other hobby is?.................................
     
  11. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

    Messages:
    779
    Likes Received:
    21
    Wouldn't I just plug my current ethernet cable into my wireless router? That cable is plugged directly into my neighbor's router. Maybe I'm proving that I have absolutely NO IDEA how this stuff works:eek:
     
  12. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    6,838
    Likes Received:
    1,186
    OK now I understand! You could just buy a wireless access point for that, no need for a router.

    So you say you are having signal problems on a cat 5 cable run? That doesn't sound right, you can run cat 5 for hundreds of feet with no loss.

    My second question is what all do you want to do exactly and how many computers on your end of the cable.
     
  13. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

    Messages:
    779
    Likes Received:
    21
    My new laptop came equipped with a wireless card. It just doesn't pick up a strong enough signal to connect. It show between 5 and 6 signals (most of which require a password or the equivelent).

    Maybe I misguided you on my situation. As I sit here I'm using my neighbor's internet via a cat 5 (ethernet) line plugged into my desktop. I just want to plug that line into a router so I don't have to have my laptop plugged in here at my desk.

    I will only have one computer on the network. My wife and I basically just surf the web. We might watch an occasional video. We don't do online gaming or anything like that.
     
  14. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    6,838
    Likes Received:
    1,186
    A wireless access point is really what you need then. You don't need a router unless you're connecting to the ISP.
     
  15. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

    Messages:
    779
    Likes Received:
    21
    Sweet. Since you seem to be a wealth of knowledge do you have any brands/models you are partial too?
     
  16. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    6,838
    Likes Received:
    1,186
    Whatever is cheap and on sale! :D
     
  17. cetme

    cetme oregon city Member

    Messages:
    474
    Likes Received:
    5
    try free geek on se 10 in portland.they have lots of routers ,access point devices etc.lots of cheap computer parts and electronics.they are a licensed electronics recycling company,good luck
     
  18. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

    Messages:
    4,903
    Likes Received:
    5,853
    Though, one could buy a cheap router and use it as an access point.

    If you plan on buying your own internet down the road.

    Cat5 your limited to about 100' maximum distance unless you have a repeater (sorry network skills are limited at 11pm and can't remember the exact name)

    Not to mention depending on the wire it's self, you could be getting some interference.
     
  19. hsullyc

    hsullyc North coast,Nehalem,OR Member

    Messages:
    309
    Likes Received:
    11
    I think I have one laying around the basement,I'll try to look this weekend while I'm doing my plumbing.It's yours free when I locate it.
     
  20. EUGENE the REALTOR

    EUGENE the REALTOR Portland Metro Bronze Vendor Bronze Vendor

    Messages:
    677
    Likes Received:
    215
    Just curious if this is even legal? I don't see how this would be different than stealing cable TV. I don't really care, just curious.

    If you were local, I'd have a wireless router for you to use as an access point. Or if you want to pay for the shipping ($5), that would work too.