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Please help selecting a wireless/wired router

by figureguy / January 15, 2012 10:32 PM PST

I'm having trouble selecting a wireless/wired router for my home. I have never used a wireless router before, only wired. Now I am looking to get a combo one. I an looking for one that could allow my PC and PS3 to connect wired, and an Ipod and Nintendo 3DS wireless. I'm not that technical when it comes to routers, so anyone that wouldn't be too hard to configure would be great. I am using Windows 7 64-bit if that helps. I have a large home. I am looking to spend less than $100. I'm not married to a brand at all. Any help would be appreciated. If you need more information please let me know. Thanks.

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Stick with a name brand such as . . .
by Coryphaeus / January 16, 2012 12:26 AM PST

D-link, Netgear, etc. Today's routers are really plug-n-play and put out a good signal. They will run all flavors of the wireless protocol: B, G, and N. I have a D-link DIR-655 and it is excellent. It's also a Gigabit wired so if your wired devices support Gigabit LAN you'll get more speed between devices.

Now that you've asked you'll surely get a ton of replies on the benefits of each brand.

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by Coryphaeus / January 16, 2012 12:28 AM PST

That said all wireless routers broadcast power is regulated by the FCC. In an average home these routers perform great. But the larger the home and the more walls the signal must pass through, the signal will be attenuated. So be prepared.

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