On Tue, 7 Jul 2009 17:57:39 -0700 (PDT), "Eugene F." wrote in :
Linksys is fine, but currently the best value IMHO is the Belkin Wireless-G Broadband Router that Wal-Mart is selling for only $30:
I've installed a few of these recently for friends and clients, and they've performed very well, no reboots required. A particularly nice feature is the Guest Account that allows you to give guests access to your Internet without exposing your own clients to them.
The review is simply wrong, suggesting the user doesn't really know what he or she is doing:
The router will easily configure and broadcast whatever SSID you wish. I know because I always change the default SSID to a unique value as per recommended practice.
The router configures and works just fine with WPA. Again, I know because I always set up WPA security as per recommended practice. (I can't speak to WEP because I don't use it, too insecure to be on any real value, but I'm pretty sure WEP works as well.)
Belkin has a reputation for mediocre products and support, but this particular product is quite good.
On Wed, 8 Jul 2009 09:51:57 -0700 (PDT), "Eugene F." wrote in :
> Linksys is fine, but currently the best value IMHO is the Belkin
I second that opinion by both respondents, excellent choice, having used a range of Belkin products including wireless router, various PCI cards and USB wireless apapters for years. Never had a problem and excellent performance.
Nothing is perfect in life and you can get a dud in any brand.
Agreed. The F5D7234-4 v4 looks like a winner. I've installed two of them recently with no surprises. That makes up for previous Belkin abominations and atrosities. Note that there are 3 different hardware versions of this router. I've only tried v4, which works fine. No clue on V1 or V3 (or what happened to V2).
Also be sure to update the firmware:
My big issue with Belkin is that there is usually 1 or perhaps 2 revisions of the firmware, then nothing. If there are any bugs past this point, they tend to be permanent. Other vendors (Dlink, Netgear, Linksys) will update firmware long past the point when the product is no longer sold.
On Sat, 11 Jul 2009 23:51:46 -0700, Jeff Liebermann wrote in :
Unfortunately, Belkin has again lived down to its reputation -- the latest F5D7234-4 v4 (4000) I installed turned into a disaster.
It worked fairly well servicing two computers, one wired and one wireless: good throughput, as much as 500 Kbytes/sec on a fast cable modem service, and no hard lockups (low some other brands of low end wireless routers), just some sluggishness from time to time.
But the Internet connection for a new second wireless computer (Acer Aspire One netbook) was essentially unusable -- only local wireless networking worked well. No problem when I connected the new computer directly to the cable modem. Likewise no problem when I substituted an old NETGEAR WGR614v5 (with both 1.07 and 1.09 firmware).
I didn't have the time to fully diagnose the problem with the Belkin, but tracert showed packets getting very strange routing as compared to identical tracert on the other two computers. My guess(tm) is that the Belkin was corrupting packets from the new computer.
The cause of the Belkin problem may be cheapening the product without changing the model and version. While the case is similar in appearance to earlier ones I've installed, it lacks the external antenna and stand in the picture on the Walmart link above (even though purchased at Walmart).
While they may be a bit better than Belkin, they're not that much better IMHO. Consider the NETGEAR WGR614. There are no less than NINE different incompatible non-upgradable versions, essentially different products despite same model number and SKU (a despicable practice IMHO). The firmware for (say) v5 was last updated Nov. 29, 2005, and is still flaky.
The hunt for a decent low-end wireless router continues. :(
I hate to put this out there, only to have my dreams shattered, but I've had very good results with the Linksys WRT54GL v1.1, most of which I've flashed to run dd-wrt firmware. Even so, I haven't had any call backs (so far) from the ones I've left stock.