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    Wi-fi router purchase advise needed

    So, the wife and I just got new smartphones. Amazing little contraptions. Anyway...to keep us from using our data plan as much, I want to add a wireless router to my home computer to allow us to connect to it instead, while we are here in the house (wife on Facebook). Many friends have told me to just "go out and get a router". Well I like to know that any purchase I make is the correct one so I've been online all day researching. My head is now about to expload. There are so many out there. We do not play games on our phones and will not be streaming movies to the tv. I just want wi-fi in the house. However this has got me thinking that if I get the right router maybe I would also get a signal out in my shop? Shop is only about 30-40 feet from house.
    Anyway, I've read that I need an "N" type router? Can someone recommend what to look for. I would like to keep it under $100.00 if possible.
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    The best one I've found is the Apple "Airport Extreme" - a dual band "N" router, but it's nearly twice what you want to pay. Mine has worked flawlessly from day one, and it's got a really strong signal. You can also add 'repeater' stations to it. I have one of those in the shop - about a hundred feet, and several walls, away from the base and I get 130mb signals on the shop computer.

    I had a Belkin once(once!). It was the worst, most troublesome one I've ever had. Linksys are good, but both of mine only lasted about a year before dying. The Apple (and yes, it works on Windows, too) has been going strong for nearly three years now.
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    +1 on the Airport Extreme, I have one for my house & I put one in my folks' house last spring. It works well with Mac OS-X of course, but is still windoze friendly.
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    I've been very happy with the Linksys and Cisco routers. My current Cisco is an E2500, had bought a dlink first, but returned it as the signal wasn't as strong as the cisco. The newer cisco's allow you to setup a guest network as well, which lets you password protect it and it also keeps the guest off the network with your computers and devices, but allows them to get on the internet.

    BTW...What type of internet connection (cable, dsl, other) do you intend to connect it to?
    Last edited by Darren Wright; 12-03-2012 at 12:02 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    I've been very happy with the Linksys and Cisco routers. My current Cisco is an E2500, had bought a dlink first, but returned it as the signal wasn't as strong as the cisco. The newer cisco's allow you to setup a guest network as well, which lets you password protect it and it also keeps the guest off the network with your computers and devices, but allows them to get on the internet.

    BTW...What type of internet connection (cable, dsl, other) do you intend to connect it to?
    Darren, I have Comcast's cable internet.
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    That is what we have. Hooked right into the WAN port and went through a quick setup and haven't had any issues.
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    Darren does it really matter if it has internal or external antennas?
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    Not really, the new cisco I have doesn't have them. The new cisco had a really good signal, stronger than the G-version linksys I had which did have external antennas. Now if you say want to run a cable off of one to a antenna outside, you may be able to get internet in your shop, but if it's already at the back of the house, it may pickup there anyway. Mine is located on the second floor of the house. I can pickup a signal from about half way across the yard on the opposite side of the house, about 80' away.
    Darren

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    Thanks Darren, this was just the type of information I was looking for.
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    NP Tom. Like I mentioned earlier, I had bought a D-Link that after I got it home, just didn't do what I needed it to do, could hardly get a signal downstairs. So get it one from somewhere that has a no questions asked return policy and take it back if it's not doing the task.
    Darren

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