Right now, we're renting a wireless router from our current ISP. In order to save $5/month with the new ISP we're not getting a wireless router from them. Instead we'll get their basic modem, and we'll buy our own wireless router. After about a year, the wireless router will have paid for itself.
I have never bought a wireless router before. I know the one the McKays have at home stinks. It crashes whenever you try to watch a YouTube video. I emailed my friends who might have recommendations.
This is a summary of what I was told:
- Don't get the Apple Airport Extreme.
- Get the Apple Airport Extreme.
- The Linksys WRTG45 (what Criag and I had in the Sault) is good. I liked this one. It did everything I wanted it to without a fuss. I find it hard to find right now.
- The Linksys WRTG54 sucks.
- The Linksys WRTG54 is good.
- The Linksys WRTG54 is a "bug" in it that won't work with Macs.
- The hardware in the Linksys WRTG54 has been changed so much that the model name doesn't tell you anything.
- D-Link sucks.
- D-Link sucks.
- Stay away from D-Link.
- The D-Link DIR-625 works fine.
- No matter what kind you look at you will see positive and negative reviews.
- Oh, they're all good.
- Netgear is the only good kind.
- Netgear is good, but hard to find in stores.
I also ended up at Staples, Business Depot, and the computer guy there told me these falsehoods:
- "802.11n routers will only work with 802.11n network cards, so if you have 802.11g network cards, they won't work." - Everything I've seen suggests the 802.11n is backwards compatible meaning 802.11g wifi cards will still work.
- "If you get the Airport Extreme, it will only work with Macs." - It says right on the box of the Airport Extreme "Mac + PC."
- "Any external hard drive will do," when asked if he had any routers with USB ports for sharing hard drives as well as printers. - The only one I've seen that can actually do this is the Airport Extreme.
So, I won't be buying from Staples.
If you have any recommendations, please, leave a comment, or email me.