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Help Select Wireless Router for Newbie

by galaxygg / July 5, 2010 3:33 AM PDT

I am requesting help to select and install a wireless router for my home.
I have 1 desktop ASUS model CM5571 BR003 (Windows 7) & 1 LapTop HP TouchSmart tx2-1012nr Notebook PC (Windows Vista).
I have a cable modem from Time Warner.
I am NOT computer sauvee, I do not understand the lingo, I can manage to follow detailed instruction, but that?s about all.
I am Medical professional and although I use many different software programs and systems all daylong, I am only an end User, everything is handled by IT at the hospital.
All I really want to be able to do, is use my laptop in other parts of my Condo (screen porch / bedroom, etc).
I am not a gamer, I do minimal photos, but mostly only Word Processing, simple statistics programs, checking E-mail & surfing the Net.
I had purchased an Action TEC DSL Modem GT724WGR, only to learn during the set-up I cannot use this type of system, (I can probably give this ?wrong? system to my brother for his house), but before I purchase another incorrect system pleeeeeease advise.

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Next time.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 5, 2010 3:39 AM PDT

Avoid the routers with built in modems. Time Warner already supplies that part.

For most routers the setup is painless. Just follow the directions and one more thing.

To move the ethernet cable from the cable modem to the next device be sure to turn off the cable modem, move the ethernet cable to the next device and then power up the cable modem and then follow the directions. For me this always works.

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Agree with Bob . . .
by Coryphaeus / July 5, 2010 1:58 PM PDT

Routers today are truly plug-n-play. All you need is a name brand router with wireless.

To install, you connect it wired, thus: modem -> router -> PC. While connected you configure the wireless (routers will have hand-held instructions). After the wireless is configured, you unplug, activate wireless on your PC, find your network, connect, voil

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Wireless for Newbie
by galaxygg / July 5, 2010 9:54 PM PDT
In reply to: Agree with Bob . . .

Thanks for the responses, however I do not know what you mean by WPA, WPA2 or WEP.

I really do not know understand the "lingo" Is there a reference, and I mean paper reference you would recommend, that would help me to learn more about what I have, system wise, what it can do ?

I had bought the Action TEC new last Summer & have been "fighting" with it ever since, and until finally yesterday, I realized I had bought the wrong product

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WPA, WPA2 or WEP . . .
by Coryphaeus / July 5, 2010 10:11 PM PDT
In reply to: Wireless for Newbie

Is the type of encryption/security protocol used by the wireless. WEP, the original security has been cracked/hacked. WPA is the later flavor, being very secure. Crackable but not likely. WPA2 is the next generation and for all practical purposes uncrackable.

Routers today have very good documentation and come with a CD that will walk you through the installation process. I'm partial to D-link, but Netgear and Linksys are excellent brands. Just be sure you get a router that is compatible with your Internet connection type.

The basic choices are standard wired speed of 100 Mb/s and Gigabit, one Gigabit per second. Unless your PC supports this LAN speed a standard router is a hundred times faster than your ISP connection. There are basically two flavors of wireless speed as defined by their letter designation. Wireless "G" which is about 54 Mb/s and wireless "N", about 110 Mb/s. Back to your PC, find the router that will match speed. Most routers today are Wireless N, but backward compatible to G.

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Linksys Wireless N
by mopscare42 / July 6, 2010 3:23 AM PDT
In reply to: WPA, WPA2 or WEP . . .

All the routers you mentioned are very good, but I have installed 3 linksys gigabit N routers lately that had to be returned because of either heat problems or having to reset them every other day. The customers ended up getting Netgear N gigabit routers and never have any trouble.
Have never had any trouble with the Linksys G or D-link routers.

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Linksys N routers
by zernie / July 9, 2010 8:36 AM PDT
In reply to: Linksys Wireless N

I agree with mopscare42. I too had problems with linksys N routers but no problem with the linksys G routers. I think linksys didn't design their latest routers correctly. I replaced my linksys G with a linksys N router to see about getting better range and broader bandwidth only to find out that 2 new linksys n routers did not work as well as my G router. I wasted too much time with tech support with two of the N routers. I am back with my G router.

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Combining wired and wireless?
by dccmatthew2 / July 9, 2010 10:06 AM PDT

I just bought an Asus (RT-N13U) N wireless router. Can I hook it into my wired router so I can have both wired and wireless access? i.e. cablemodem=>wired router=>wireless router I have a couple of desktop systems that I am happiest seeing hardwired and several laptops that I would like to use wirelessly. Thanks.

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Router choice
by wcrutcher / July 9, 2010 11:10 AM PDT

Don't buy more features than you need. I just installed two Linksys routers and they come with a CD that provides detailed instructions that anyone can follow.

Keep any router cool and preferably on a surge protected electrical supply, as the two routers I replaced I suspect were injured by power outage/surges.

I have never owned any brand of router that lasted longer than a few years. Routers for the home market generally don't come with built in fans. I am wondering if I need to install a laptop cooler under my new router to help keep it cool.

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