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nightmare beta
09-02-07, 04:29 PM
I was soon going to get a ps3 and a wii if I can ever find one, and I wanted to hook the ps3 and wii up to a wired router along with my pc's dsl. Is there some all in one product I can buy for < or = $80 which gives good/great bandwidth/speed?

retsam
09-02-07, 09:46 PM
dlink sucks!!!....

Redshirt #24
09-02-07, 10:51 PM
While they're not strictly wired, routers like the Buffalo wireless-G model that everybody likes to stick DD-WRT on and the ZyXel X-550 are pretty damn solid wired routers. I'll personally cast my vote for the X-550, which has been astonishingly rock-solid for me for well over a year.

(D-Link isn't bad, but they're not ultra-kickass either. They're functional, and that's about it.)

OldOfEvil
09-02-07, 10:55 PM
dlink sucks!!!....


I've got a D-Link router.. :(

It works fine for me, it was cheap and I haven't had any problems with it. YMMV I guess..

einstein_314
09-02-07, 11:26 PM
I'm probably going to get yelled at.....but I have a dlink DGL-4300 gaming router and it has yet to give me any problems. It has loads of options and awesome wireless. I didn't buy it for the l337 gaming super duper ping reducing, frag increasing features. I needed a new router and it was on sale.

Oh and Gigabit ethernet is nice when transfering large files between computers (I was just copying a bunch of stuff from my HTPC and it was transfering at 51 MB/s).

ViN86
09-03-07, 11:46 AM
i installed an 8 port wired Linksys router at work. it handles large traffic very well. we have about 20 ppl accessing it constantly 10 hours a day, and it's pretty solid.

crainger
09-03-07, 05:05 PM
I'm probably going to get yelled at.....but I have a dlink DGL-4300 gaming router and it has yet to give me any problems. It has loads of options and awesome wireless. I didn't buy it for the l337 gaming super duper ping reducing, frag increasing features. I needed a new router and it was on sale.

Oh and Gigabit ethernet is nice when transfering large files between computers (I was just copying a bunch of stuff from my HTPC and it was transfering at 51 MB/s).

OMG WTF! I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU HAVE A DLINK... :D

Actually I can't say anything. I use a Netgear, have to reboot the damn thing once a week. :( Just last weekend it forgot ALL of it's settings. ISP logon, ports, assigned fixed LAN addresses. On top of that, when I install the latest firmware only one wireless device can connect to it at a time.

Redeemed
09-04-07, 02:29 AM
Meh- wireless is teh suck. Wired FTW!!! :p

Capt. Picard
09-04-07, 03:02 AM
Meh- wireless is teh suck. Wired FTW!!! :p
I have a 50 computer network that is going to be wireless tomorrow (when I get the chance to set it up). I didn't really have another option.

I have a TP-Link Router and a Linksys Access point. The supplier in town assured me they'll do fine. My network won't have to handle much traffic anyway. Only mandatory profiles that will have to be distributed to the 50 PCs once every couple of days and also for the odd file I want to upload to all the computers.

No internet traffic is allowed by the headmaster in this particular class. Firstly because some children downloaded porn some years ago and the school got quite some flak for it and secondly 50 users will suck our monthly 3GB cap dry within two days. Unlimited access is way too expensive in South Africa.

retsam
09-04-07, 03:36 AM
I have a 50 computer network that is going to be wireless tomorrow (when I get the chance to set it up). I didn't really have another option.

I have a TP-Link Router and a Linksys Access point. The supplier in town assured me they'll do fine. My network won't have to handle much traffic anyway. Only mandatory profiles that will have to be distributed to the 50 PCs once every couple of days and also for the odd file I want to upload to all the computers.

No internet traffic is allowed by the headmaster in this particular class. Firstly because some children downloaded porn some years ago and the school got quite some flak for it and secondly 50 users will suck our monthly 3GB cap dry within two days. Unlimited access is way too expensive in South Africa.watch when all those machines start to do broadcasts, its going to bring that wireless network to a crawl....

Capt. Picard
09-04-07, 04:26 AM
watch when all those machines start to do broadcasts, its going to bring that wireless network to a crawl....

This will be the first time that I work with a wireless network. I know very little about this. Can I counteract this?

retsam
09-04-07, 04:37 AM
This will be the first time that I work with a wireless network. I know very little about this. Can I counteract this?
are these windows machines? if so, not that im aware of...can someone else chime in here and give a more definitive answer on this? there might be a way of using QOS in windows to limits the amount of bandwidth each machine recieves on the network...'




edit yes you need to learn how to use the windows group policy editor

http://www.xptuneup.com/xptuneup_qos.htm

i forgot about that, sorry im really tired right now ive been working all night...

evilghost
09-04-07, 07:27 AM
While they're not strictly wired, routers like the Buffalo wireless-G model that everybody likes to stick DD-WRT on and the ZyXel X-550 are pretty damn solid wired routers. I'll personally cast my vote for the X-550, which has been astonishingly rock-solid for me for well over a year.

(D-Link isn't bad, but they're not ultra-kickass either. They're functional, and that's about it.)

I wanted to chime in with regard to DD-WRT. DD-WRT is based off OpenWRT and is in GPL violation for failure to distribute the source code. DD-WRT also uses several money making schemes such as feature suppression in the 'free' version.

Read more about it at http://www.bitsum.com/about-ddwrt.htm, but basically, if you're using DD-WRT I'd look at using Tomato or OpenWRT with Webif^2 from X-WRT, something in the spirit of F/OSS and not a self-proclaimed developer selling other's code.

OpenWRT: http://www.openwrt.org
X-WRT: http://www.x-wrt.org
Tomato: http://www.polarcloud.com/tomato

Riptide
09-04-07, 09:20 AM
Also using the DLink 4300 and no problems so far. Beats the linksys POS we had before that's fo sho.

Absolution
09-04-07, 11:17 AM
dlink 4300 as well, first router i've had that has lasted over 30 days without me rebooting it, also first router that i've never had a problem forwarding ports (in fact, never had a problem with it for anything).

so.. grab the dlink 4100 - its the same thing minus wireless

the newer, more expensive dlink products seem a lot more solid than the older ones (the ones in the orange boxes rather than blue/white)

Dragunov
09-04-07, 12:52 PM
I have a DGL-4300 aswell, already a new one, first DGL-4300 lost always connection with my pc and couldn't reconnect, so got a totally new one and this one is working great ATM (hold wood)