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1. Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router
$71.24 $68.95 list($99.99)
2. Linksys WRT54GS Wireless-G Broadband
$118.74 $104.99 list($129.99)
3. Apple AirPort Express with Air
$950.94 list($999.99)
4. Buffalo HD-H1.OTGL/R5 TeraStation
$80.99
5. Apple M7600LL/E 802.11b AirPort
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6. Linksys WRT54GX Wireless-G Broadband
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7. Linksys WPC54G Wireless-G Notebook
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8. Sandisk ULTRA II HIGH PERFORMANCE
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9. Linksys WUSB12 Wireless-B Compact
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10. Belkin F5D8230-4 Wireless 802.11x
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11. Linksys Wireless-G Cable Gateway
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12. SanDisk Connect 256 MB + WiFi
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13. Linksys WMP54GS Wireless-G PCI
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14. Netgear WGXB102 54Mbps Wall-Plugged
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15. Linksys WAP54G Wireless-G Access
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16. Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander
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17. Linksys WPS54GU2 Wireless-G Print
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18. Motorola Surfboard SB5100 Cable
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19. NETGEAR WG111 Wireless USB 2.0
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20. D-Link DI-624 Wireless Cable/DSL

1. Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router
by Linksys
list price: $99.99
our price: $56.99
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Asin: B00007KDVI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 22
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Wireless-G is the upcoming 54Mbps wireless networking standard that's almost five times faster than the widely deployed Wireless-B (802.11b) products found in homes, businesses, and public wireless hotspots around the country, but since they share the same 2.4GHz radio band, Wireless-G devices can also interoperate with existing 11Mbps Wireless-B equipment. The Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router is really three devices in one box. First, there's the Wireless Access Point, which lets you connect Wireless-G or Wireless-B devices to the network. There's also a built-in 4-port full-duplex 10/100 Switch to connect your wired-Ethernet devices. Connect four PCs directly, or daisy-chain out to more hubs and switches to create as big a network as you need. Finally, the Router function ties it all together and lets your whole network share a high-speed cable or DSL Internet connection. ... Read more

Features

  • Advanced wireless security with 128-bit WEP encryption, MAC, or IP address filtering
  • All-in-one Internet-sharing router, 4-port switch, and Wireless-G (802.11g) access point
  • Wireless data rates up to 54 Mbps--5 times faster than 802.11b
  • Shares a single Internet connection and other resources with Ethernet wired and Wireless-G clients
  • Interoperates with 802.11b clients at 11 Mbps

Reviews (559)

1-0 out of 5 stars Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router is garbage!
The Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router is a piece of garbage (or whatever)!I spent over 2 hours online with Linksys Technical Support and 1 hour at my local computer repair shop.No one could get it to work properly with my IBM Thinkpad.What a waste of time and money.I returned it...

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT PRODUCT...
I have an RCA cable modem with RCN as my ISP.A great service which I highly recommend. I recently bought the Linksys G-Router after getting my hp laptop needing to setup wireless at home.I got it to work with no problem but then I experienced bandwidth loss and constant connectivity issues.I wrongly thought that it was the router.Fool that I was! After countless attempts at recycling the modem and WPA keys etc., I finally figured out that the modem could not support the wireless router and it had a short, plus RCA no longer carried it and the thing was ugly, taking up space.I've since gotten the Linksys Modem (BEFCMU10) and stacked it with the WRT54G router and it works fantastic!!!Be sure to call your ISP with the modem's MAC address to get online.YOU WON'T get connected otherwise. My ISP had me up and running within 5 minutes.Also some ISP's give you a discount if you supply your own modem.Check it out.

2-0 out of 5 stars Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't
It sounds like some customers have had really good Linksys router experiences.I haven't.So I have come to conclude that sometimes these routers work great, sometimes they completely fail.I've spent hours dealing with Linksys' customer support and my ISP trying to get my router to work.My iBook AirPort and Windows 2000 /USB wireless adapter both found the router easily.But the router was not able to hook up with my ISP.Both computers get a good wired static IP connection to the internet.I tried using Linkksys' customer support by phone, email, web and chat and kept getting advice that did not work and www.linksys.com pages that didn't work.A software engineer, I'm reasonably tech-savvy so I usually have success with half-decent tech support.They never once suggested that their router might be malfunctioning.One of my ISP's support representatives said that he's had a run of some 40 calls from Linksys customers with this kind of problem.Apparently I got one of these duds.

I'd say Linksys has big problems with quality control and customer support.With many good alternatives out there I don't think it's worth rolling the dice with Linksys.I gave it two stars, rather than one, because it sounds like the good ones work really great and I imagine the duds a in the minority.For what it's worth, the guy from my ISP said he's had good experiences with NetGear routers.

5-0 out of 5 stars VERY easy to install, VERY easy to use!!!
Hi, I'm very happy with this Linksys Router. It took me only 10 seconds to surf in the web. Believe it or not!!!. I just plug in the Ethernet cable from my DSL Modem into the Router conection. I turn on my Gateway Laptop and....surprise!!! I was already conected to the web!!!.
No configuration needed, no CD running, no nothing!!!
Great product, great Plug and Play from Windows XP.

4-0 out of 5 stars quite good, for a small home network
I've had this router for about a year now, and it does everything I need for a home network of < 5 computers. The only thing the out-of-box firmware doesn't have that I wanted is DHCP reservations. However, I got a better firmware from:
http://wifi-box.sf.net
which does this and adds a few other features. ... Read more


2. Linksys WRT54GS Wireless-G Broadband Router with SpeedBooster
by Linksys
list price: $99.99
our price: $71.24
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Asin: B0001D3K8A
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 86
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Wireless-G Broadband Router with SpeedBooster, 802.11g, b ... Read more

Features

  • Shares Internet connection and other resources with Ethernet wired, 802.11g, 802.11b, and SpeedBooster devices
  • Internet-sharing Router, 4-port Switch, and Wireless-G (802.11g) Access Point
  • Protects all wireless transmissions with 128-bit encryption
  • New SpeedBooster technology increases wireless network performance by up to 35 percent
  • Industry-leading Parental Control capability, Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and 802.1x

Reviews (105)

5-0 out of 5 stars So Far So Good
I bought this yesterday and it's been running consistently at 54 Mbs with no noticeable interruptions, the setup was fairly easy as well. I'm new to Linksys and felt the need to go wireless, so I got this to go along with the wireless-G PCI adapter for my desktop and the two seem like a match made in heaven. Pretty soon I'll add a laptop in the wireless mix, but as the title says....so far so good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great device.
It has been working flawlessly since I received it.I already had an earlier non-wireless linksys router which still working after several years.Replaced it because of need to go wireless.After reading about disconnects, reboots, pricing and poor quality on other routers decided to stick with Linksys.The company was taken over by Cisco Systems which is the premier router manufacturer in the world that is definetely a plus.Easy to set up.No reboots, disconnects or any other problem of any sort.Working with 2 wusb54gs at home. Have done backups of 23 Gigs without a problem.Recently set up a wrt54g at the rectory and connected a windows 98SE pc with a wusb54g. The priest has been very happy to be able to share the dsl connection.You can't go wrong with these products on price, features, quality and company stability. I wish you luck if you decide on another brand.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Router with a Very Effective Firewall
I finally decided to jump on the wireless band wagon because I wanted to have the ability to use my laptop anywhere on my property. The router was easy to setup right out of the box.It was also easy to enable WPA encryption.WEP is also supported by this unit but WEP is much less secure.Because the router has 4 ethernet ports, you can setup a wired and wireless network to work together.You can also just use this for wireless internet access if that's all you need.Range is very good if you use this with it's partner adapter WPC54GS which also has speedbooster.You can see how good the firewall is on this unit if you test it by going to www.grc.com and using the SheildsUp program.

Whatever you do, make sure you enable some sort of encryption, either WEP or the stronger WPA.You will also need to make sure your other wireless equipment supports the type of encryption you decide to use.

4-0 out of 5 stars EZ Set-up, but Use the Linksys Website
A CD is included with the Linksys router which guides you through
the physical set up (which is very easy).It also guides you
through the software set-up.However, I encountered a few
problems with the software set-up.

However, Linkysys has an *on-line* set up Wizard through their website.I found the software installation much easier using this on-line service.My computer and a laptop were up and running in a few minutes. I suggest people who are new to this technology might skip the enclosed installation CD and go straight to the website for set-up

Once I was up and running, everything worked well.My desk top (not wireless) works fine and my new laptop downloads at an incredibly fast rate.Aside from the software installation glitch, I am very pleased with the product.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent IF and ONLY IF sveasoft firmware used
Thanks largely to Cisco the WRT54GS *becomes* a great appliance when one uses the GPL licensed Sveasoft Alchemy firmware.The default firmware is so-so.Since Linksys released the firmware under GPL license the Sveasoft firmware is also GPL.This means anyone can distribute the Sveasoft firmware, and anyone can use it without paying anyone else a dime!

Google for: sveasoft individual

to get your legally free copy today!


This appliance works well as a MULTIPORT wireless bridge.Use it for your Xbox!It's waaaay better than the junk microsoft is pushing.:D ... Read more


3. Apple AirPort Express with Air Tunes (M9470LL/A)
by Apple Computer
list price: $129.99
our price: $118.74
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Asin: B0002GDIII
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 127
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Due to the versatility of the Apple AirPort Express Base Station, you can enjoy your iTunes music library in virtually any room of your house, and share a single broadband Internet connection and USB printer without inconvenient and obtrusive cables. Create an instant wireless network on the go, and extend the range of your current wireless network. Compatible with Windows XP or 2000 or Mac OS or later. Imported. Approx. 3Wx3-3/4Lx1H". ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with Windows XP or 2000; Mac OS X v10.2.7 or later
  • Enjoy your iTunes music library in virtually any room of your house
  • Share a single broadband Internet connection and USB printer without inconvenient and obtrusive cables
  • Create an instant wireless network on the go
  • Access an AirPort Express wireless network

Reviews (113)

5-0 out of 5 stars Air Tunes Rock
The Apple Airport Express is a dream, even with my PC.I purchased a USB 802.11 b/g adaptor, plugged that into my PC, that was on line in about 3 minutes.Loaded the Apple Network assistant, plugged in the Airport Express and 5 minutes later it was transmitting fully digital tunes to my stereo system in the next room.The amasing thing is that my wired LAN and DSL are still working at the same time that Itunes is transmitting to the Airport.Who wudda thunk!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product -- Shame on Windows Networking
I have a rather heterogeneous wireless network: A PowerBook (running Tiger), A WinTel PC (running XP), A wireless router/DSL modem from the phone company.

Setting up the Airport Express on the Mac was trivial -- it recognized the other network and let me import the existing wireless and security settings. Everything was up and running in 5 minutes.

Setting up printing from WinXP was initially unfruitful, mainly since Windows insists on you making decisions about ports, device types etc. without explaining what things mean or what effect a choice has. (I was trying to follow the Apple instructions, but at one step there was a long pull-down menu they did not mention.) The so-called ``windows troubleshoooter'' was of no avail.

(...) Installation of this was very easy, instructions very clear, including on how to pierce the firewall and it set up the printer with 5 mouseclicks.

1-0 out of 5 stars In my lifetime??
I've had this device for over a year and STILL DO NOT HAVE IT WORKING!!!The best advice I've gotten is in one of the current reviews here on Amazon.I finally got the green light on and the yellow light to stop flashing after reading the instructions here on AMAZON!

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!Finally ready to configure I begin and I'm asked for a password.I type PUBLIC which is the default password when setting up the machine (you change it later so I'm giving nothing away.)

IT will not accept that password!For a week I've tried resetting, researching, etc and I'm THAT CLOSE and cannot get this silly thing to work so I can use my printer as a wireless USB device.

I wrote APPLE six months ago. No response. I wrote the tech guy at my newspaper and he didn't have a clue what to do.

I've reset the device...in short, I've done everything.No go!Any advice would be helpful; otherwise, this bugger will find itself on EBAY.

How ridiculous.I've always heard APPLE products are so easy to use and install. Ha!Not this one!

4-0 out of 5 stars Not a painless experience on XP, but I got it to work...
Well, now I'm impressed.It took a while, but I'm there.I can now play music from my computer on iTunes via my stereo, which is rooms away.I'm very happy with this development, so the Airport Express gets 4 stars for its functionality.The experience installing it would get less, if I could split that out somehow.

Everywhere I looked, it said it was easy.It wasn't.I won't say it was hard, just full of guesswork because of the ambiguity of the instructions.The complaints about Apple's documentation in this section are not exaggerated.If you're on Windows XP, the kind soul who wrote the spotlight review on adding the AirPort Express to an existing wireless network deserves major kudos - and perhaps a bottle of wine.Perhaps a case.

It's really amazing how this has been neglected.There's very little reference to your course of action if you have an existing wireless network in Apple's documentation for the AirPort Express.There are two accompanying PDF files (48 and 58 pages in length) on the installation CD that ignore the issue completely, as near as I can tell.One of them is called "Airport Networks for Windows."

The end result is that it's actually easier to pull together a secure home network on Windows XP than it is to add an AirPort Express to that network.That's right, you heard me Mac elitists (and I used to be one of you).I'm also a little disappointed that the cabling didn't come with the unit, cost an extra $40 and includes two cables that I'll likely never use.

Don't believe what a few reviews in this space have said about needing to turn off your firewall.Mine is up and running, and the AirPort Express is fine on my network.

1-0 out of 5 stars Nice hardware, but terrible software and documentation
A small wireless access point with the power plug directly attached to it, and an audio-out port to connect to a stereo. That looked exactly like what I wanted.

Well, it turns out to be quite different from what I expected, and very disappointing.

1. First, you may want to know what this device actually is. The lengthy "manufacturer description" will tell you it is"Driving the Wi-Fi Revolution" and that "AirTunes Unleashes Your Music", but after reading all that advertising crap, you may still be wondering if it is an access point or a router, and how the audio feature actually works. For whatever reason, I assumed it would be a simple access point, and it would be easy to connect it to my existing network. Well, after a lot of research, it is still not completely clear. It does work as a router, but as far as I can tell, it will only work as an access point or range extender with another AirPort base station, in some proprietary mode. If used in an existing wireless network (in "client mode"), the Ethernet port is disabled.

2. You cannot configure this router through a standard Web interface like all other routers (no telnet either, of course). You must first install a proprietary software for configuration. (Which incidentally also means you cannot configure it from a Linux or other machine. It is Mac or Windows only).

(...)
4. You MUST use iTunes to stream music to the AirPort. If you don't like the iTunes player, you are out of luck. iTunes streams a proprietary format to the device ("Apple Lossless Encoding"), which no other player can do.

5. You must disable any firewall (the Windows XP default firewall or any third party firewall you may have) to enable iTunes to see the AirPort!

So my conclusion would be:

(...)
- If you just wanted a wireless router, there is a huge choice of excellent and cheaper routers, which are easy to set up and require nothing other than your current web browser.

- If you want a small router to take with you around the world and don't mind disabling your firewall, this compact device may be perfect for you.

The hardware design is indeed very nice: the unit is very small, and the power plug is directly attached to it, but removable. This means you can change the power plug for one adapted to the country you are in. Better yet: if you don't have the right Apple power plug for your country, you can just remove it and use a standard 2-pin power cord, the same type that is used for any non-grounded electronics device.

Too bad they put such crappy software into such a nice hardware, and serve it with completely useless documentation. ... Read more


4. Buffalo HD-H1.OTGL/R5 TeraStation Terabyte Network Attached Storage 1.0 TB
by BUFFALO
list price: $999.99
our price: $950.94
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007MHF1I
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: BUFFALO
Sales Rank: 3315
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Buffalo 1.6TB TeraStation NAS Storage Center Buffalo’s TeraStation Series of Terabyte Network Attached Storage offers powerful storage, server and multimedia solutions for both the SMB and consumer markets. Combining advanced fault tolerant data solutions, robust file security and Gigabit Ethernet networking, TeraStation allows users to deploy a simple, cost-effective data or media server to their office or home network in literally minutes without cutting corners on features or expandability.By offering a total of four USB 2.0 ports, the device can accommodate additional external USB hard drives for expanded networked storage or as backup targets. Additionally, a USB printer that can be attached and shared over the network via TeraStation’s built-in Print Server.Compatibility with Buffalo’s LinkTheater Wireless HD Media Player allows wired or wireless streaming of your multimedia files to your television in almost any audio, video or graphic format. With its sleek, aesthetic design and ultra-silent operation, the TeraStation will get envious looks whether it is located in a busy office environment or on the entertainment system in your living room without adding any distracting fan noise or taking up much space. ... Read more

Features

  • Domain support to allow import of your current Groups and Users
  • Four operating modes for configuring internal drives
  • Robust user and group level permissions for securing network data shares
  • Gigabit Ethernet with Jumbo Frame support ensures speedy delivery
  • UPS compatibility allows for automatic or manual shutdowns when power is interrupted

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Some kinks, but not bad overall....
The previous reviewer is right - this isn't a blazing fast device. On a 100mbit network, using raid 1, I got roughly 5-7MB/s. That's pretty slow but I probably couldn't expect much more from a 100mbit network anyway. I don't have a gig network to try this on.

The previous reviewer said you can only FTP to one dir. He's right in that it only lets you set up one directory, but I've noticed that if you login as admin via ftp you get both arrays (assuming you are running raid 1) listed - array1 and array2, and you can go into either one. This is important for reasons I will describe later.

Setup is trivial and takes five or ten minutes. The system comes with this "Easy Backup" software which makes simple backups (zip files) of directories you tell it to zip up on a periodic basis. There are few problems with the software - (1) it "detects" your Terastation - meaning that if you have any sort of software or hardware firewall it probably won't "detect" anything. I had to disable all my security for it to detect the terastation. No, it's not smart enough to let you punch in an IP. (2) The zips it saves on the Terastation are named in a meaningless way (987x9a.zip) - meaning that if you ever had to restore anything without EasyBackup you'd have a tough time finding the right zip. (3) It backs up everything every time it runs - there's no incremental backup. So if you have a 10GB directory to backup every day, in 10 days you'll have 100GBs of zip files that are nearly identical. (4) Speaking of which, it doesnt have any logical maximum to zip file sizes. If you give it a 10GB directory, it'll make a 10GB zip. Ever try and open a 10GB zip? It doesn't go so well. Overall, EasyBackup is an OK tool (it is, after all, free) but it isn't a particularly great one.

The rest of my complaints have to do with Mac support. I bought the device to backup my PCs (array1) and my Mac (array2). My Mac has most of my videos, audio files, etc. I leaned towards the buffalo because it specifically supported both PCs and Macs either via Appletalk or SMB shares. Problem is, the Appletalk really doesn't work too well... When copying large files over Appletalk, it will error out "Disk is Full" (it's not). Try and copy the same file from a Unix shell with cp (rather than drag and drop via finder), and you get the same error. This brings us to the second set of problems. "Long" file names, or file names with certain characters in them - ', &, etc. The buffalo doesn't like these either, and if you have thousands of audio files that may contain either long file names or odd characters, it becomes nearly impossible to go through each one looking for ones that might cause problems. Ok, so I can't copy big (>2GB) files and I can't copy files with special characters. At least not via Appletalk or mounting it as a samba share on my mac.

Remember how you can access any directory if you ftp as admin? Well, this is a good thing because, for some reason, all of the above problems with the mac support dissapear if you copy the files via FTP. I copied a few 5GB files with no problems and plenty of long file names with odd characters. For you technical folk - oddly enough, if you use the shell based smbclient command to copy files the problems also dissapear.

Conclusion?

The software it comes with is mediocre. You'll want better backup software. The speed is OK - not fast - not slow. If you are using this as a backup device, whether your backup runs from 1am to 4am or 1am to 2am doesn't really matter to you does it? It's fast enough to play video off of, or listen to music off of. Mac support is there but has a few kinks.

If you are looking for a high speed dedicated disk system to serve up videos and audio to your whole house - this is probably not the best device. In that case, build yourself a PC with a 1TB of disk space - it'll be faster and more flexible. If you are looking for a no-hassle (set it and forget it) backup device and don't care too much about how fast your backups are, the buffalo terastation is a good choice.




2-0 out of 5 stars RAID 5 Operating Mode is SLOOOOOOOOOOWWWWW!!!
I was excited when I was finally able to pick up the 1.0gb Terastation at Fry's 3/14. Got it home and followed the start-up manual for setting up a RAID 5 array (700gb total capacity -- not the 750gb volume as advertised).

Immediately I noticed very slow writes when copying files to the Terasation (63 seconds to copy an 80mb file; 2:24 minutes to copy a 140gb file). I had the unit plugged into a Netgear 5-port gigabit switch and was copying files from a gigabit equipped workstation; therefore, I know the slow copy issue is not network related.

I called Buffalo Tech Support; they could provide no useful answers and escaled the problem to a senior support specialist, then said I would receive a call from him within 48 hours. I then investigated the problem on my own by reformatting the unit into Spanning mode (1tb config). The copy times were significantly better (15 seconds to copy an 80mb file) and what I would normally expect across a gigabit backbone. Next I tried RAID 1 (mirroring mode) and copy times were only slightly slower than Spanning mode; again as expected due to writing across two drives. But when I switched back to RAID 5 again I had very slow write times.

Another call to tech support revealed that RAID 5 mode is software-based, not hardware based which obviously is the problem. However, there is no mention of this in Buffalo's literature about the Terastation. Again they could not supply any solutions to the problem. Incidentally, I never received any call backs from their senior support person. So they then told me that someone from the engineering staff would call me the next business day. I'm still waiting.

I could only recommend this product if you want to use in Spanning mode, but then of course you need a way to back-up 900mb worth of data. RAID 1 only mirrors 2 individual drives so you only get two 230gb volumes, even though there are four separate 250gb drives in the unit. It would be more logical to RAID two drives together into a 500mb volume then mirror that to another 500mb volume but the set-up doesn't allow you do this.

This could have been a good product but it's half-baked and tech support is useless. I'd wait on buying until they work the bugs out.
... Read more


5. Apple M7600LL/E 802.11b AirPort Card
by Apple Computer

(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000899ZD
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 302
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Apple's AirPort wireless networking technology lets you surf the Internet from almost anywhere in your home or business, and enables schools to provide Internet access to multiple students without installing expensive cabling. With AirPort-enabled Macintosh systems, it's a snap to exchange files or play multiplayer games at data transfer rates of up to 11 megabits per second. And because AirPort uses radio waves for communication, it can even work through walls.Add an internal AirPort Card for each AirPort Card-ready system you want to bring onto your wireless network. ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with the 802.11b wireless standard
  • Ranges up to 150 feet indoors at 11 Mbps
  • Provides tight security
  • Use with an Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station for added functionality
  • Compatible with AirPort-enabled Apple computers

Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars life changing
The wireless revolution has seriously altered the way I work. It didn't seem like it was that big of a deal, to be able to work anywhere in the house on a laptop. And then I was home over Thanksgiving and tried my father's - it was incredible. So, soon after I had my own and I love it - I even ended up getting another one for my wife's laptop.

Whether it's browsing amazon.com late at night in bed, checking morning email in the kitchen while the kids run around, or being able to set up a writing desk anywhere in the house without worrying about an accessible internet port - the airport system is awesome. Even if you only have a desktop computer it's worth it - you can to put the computer in a place where there's no internet plug, without the 40 foot cord draping your wall to connect it. All in all, a wireless system may seem extravagant, but once you have one you'll wonder how you got by without it.

The airport card, along with the base station, allows you to connect several computers, even ones that don't have wireless cards in them (i.e., we have two laptops on the wireless system, and then one iMac that doesn't have an airport card is plugged directly into the base station). You can print, scan - anything - wirelessly, as long as those extra components are connected to the base station.

If you have a big house and the base station won't be centrally located, you may want to look into the antenna. I have a 2500 square foot house and the base station is at one end of it. I can get access from anywhere in the house without the extra antenna, though in one or two places it's a weak signal. My father's house, on the other hand, is over 5000 square feet and the base station is at a far end - you can't even get a signal on the other side of the house. However, he purchased the antenna and the signal is now very strong wherever you are. A warning - you should make sure your airport network is password protected, especially if you get the antenna. The signal will be broadcast through half your neighborhood and if not protected, people can get on and use your airtime, clogging up your bandwidth.

Make sure you get the right card! There's the airport extreme card and the regular airport card (I believe they are both compatible with either base station). Check Apple's website for direct compatibility between your computer and the two different cards. They are different sizes and will only fit in the right kind of slot.

One final word - I've heard from others that certain products from Net Gear or other wireless manufacturers accomplish the same thing as the airport card and base station for much cheaper. I can't attest to the validity of this, but it might be worth looking into. I'd exercise extreme caution, since if you go with Apple products it will be covered with tech support, even if it's more expensive. And putting third party hardware in your computer will likely void the warranty on your computer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Watch out, this does not fit an Apple iBook G4!
Recommend and rating, hard to say.My intent is to make sure that people don't make the same stupid mistake that I did!An Apple iBook G4 can only accept an "airport extreme" card.I suspect that most of the latest generation ibooks, powerbooks, and powerpcs and etc can only take the extreme card.

Do your homework beforing buying the M7600LL card.

5-0 out of 5 stars Adapter Comments
Just to clear things up a bit further on the adapter business.When Apple started selling Airport-capable systems and cards, the cards could be used with the CRT iMac or an iBook or Powerbook.Rather than build a special slot in the iMac that you could slide the card into, the card came with a little wraparound bit that had a socket on it which plugged into the iMac.If you were going to use the card in an iBook or Powerbook, you didn't need the adaptor, the card slides into a slot.I guess after awhile they decided to including the adapter was a bit wasteful if a large segment of the buyers weren't going to use it, so they made it an optional extra.The fact that their newer systems didn't need the adapter, and that sales of the CRT iMac were slowing down probably had something to do with it as well.

I've bought 3 Airport cards myself for various systems, and have been very impressed with the ease of use and reliability of the product.

5-0 out of 5 stars it works like a dream
I am a recent convert and just got a new 12-inch powerbook.The retailer who sold it to me was supposed to have installed the airport card themselves, but they did not.The airport card came separately and I decided to install it myself.Not only was it the easiest thing to install in the world, it began working immediately.I'm impressed with how non-technical you need to be and how smoothly you can just do all these things that I would never have dreamt of doing myself in the PC world.

1-0 out of 5 stars If only it worked
Switched to Mac? Switch back.

I built an 802.11b network for the PCs in my house. I set up everything and had it working and tested for a few weeks before tackling the Airport install. Since I'm not usually a Mac user, I thought I'd make sure everything else was working first.

Well, it was the right decision. 8 months later, my Airport card still does not work. I put it in our iBook, and it's recognized, but there is an error message that locks up all the wireless applications and configuration, so the Airport is useless. Yes, I have the right OS version, and I've gotten the latest drivers and applications, but nothing works.

I'll try again, sometime, but it's just really hard to get psyched up for hours and hours of beating your head against the wall, trying to get something to work.

Hey, it might work out of the box for you. If you have an older iBook, though, I'd prepare for a struggle. ... Read more


6. Linksys WRT54GX Wireless-G Broadband Router with SRX
by Linksys

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Asin: B0006ZM4XK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 603
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Wireless-G Broadband Router with SRX, 802.11g, b ... Read more

Features

  • Requires OS that supports Ethernet and TCP/IP, fully compatible with Windows 2000 and Windows XP, partially compatible (no Web-based Setup Wizard) with Windows 98, Me, Linux, and Mac OS
  • Internet-sharing Router, 4-port Switch, with a built in speed and range enhanced Wireless-G (802.11g) Access Point
  • Shares a single Internet connection and other resources with Ethernet wired, Wireless-G, -B, and other SRX devices
  • New SRX technology: the farther away, the more advantage -- up to 8 times faster than standard Wireless-G (802.11g)
  • SRX also increases wireless range by up to 3 times and reduces dead spots in coverage area

Reviews (14)

2-0 out of 5 stars A major problem to set-up
Originally I purchased a Wireless G Broadband Router Model WRT54G and a Wireless G PCI Adapter Model WMP54G.I set it up and worked fine when the Router Box and Desktop PC were 2 feet apart.Then the problems started! I had to move the Desktop Computer to my back bedroom which is about 50 feet from the Wireless Router box.There was nothing on the box, in your specification sheet, in the instruction, or the retail sales person told me what the maximum distance the Router Box and Desktop PC with the Wireless G PCI Adapter could be separated and still have a acceptable signal strength.I called Tech for first time and explained them the problem and they told me that I should have purchased the Model WMP54GX which would provide me a good signal strength Router.We took the Router back to Circuit City and they exchanged it for us.

I went through the setup procedure on model WMP54GX and I received an intermittent signal on the Desk Top PC.I called back and talked with 3 different Tech Support people and spent over 4 hours with changing setting on Wireless Router through another Desktop PC.None of these changes made any difference.The third tech support person transferred me to their group leader who in turn transferred me to the second level tech support person.I finally found out what was my problem with the Wireless G Broadband Router Model WRT54GX.This model has the new SRX technology but the Wireless G PCI Adapter Model WMP54G does not.They provided another set of changes to make to the router and it seems to be working.

What should have been a maximum of a 2 hour job but turned out to be over an 8 hour job because of the lack of accurate information about Linksys products and the lack of knowledge about the problem by the first level tech support.Your first level tech support people are very nice to deal with, but lack the knowledge to solve my problem in a reasonable amount of time.

4-0 out of 5 stars Documentation is on the CD
Other reviews said that there is no documentation. The documentation is on the CD, you just have to "explore" the CD as opposed to letting it autorun, which starts their automatic configuration.

I got this router a couple of days ago. Range is really good compared with my previous 802.11b router.

I still can not comment on the full functionality as I have connectivity problems with an ORINOCO card, for some reason I have not been able to access some sites like my.yahoo and ebay. Hope to sort it out soon.

1-0 out of 5 stars No support ..
1. expect to spend at least 1 hr setting up
2. Support calls are routed to India
3. Item has no instructions included in packaging
4. No support number listed with contents

Its obvious they do not want you to contact there support and I am always amazed at products that do not include written instructions


product is a hit an miss, returned this for a similar NETGEAR router and it worked great with a easy set up too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Wireless Router on the Market!!
The range on this router is excellent (if you are looking for a wireless to go a long distance).I have a large two story house and I can go anywhere and get at least 4 out of 5 bars of reception.I can even walk out into my street and still get excellent transmission speed and reception.Make sure you get the SRX laptop adapter that goes with it.Two thumbs way up on this router.Bravo Linksys.

2-0 out of 5 stars Forget about the SRX, go with Belkin Pre-N!
This is my first Amazon.com review, so please bear with me.I bought the Linksys WRT54GX router along with the companion SRX wireless PC card because:1) I wanted to replace an 802.11b wireless network in my 2-story home for better coverage (I was having to use a Linksys wireless access point in repeater mode to get "complete coverage" with the old setup); and 2) I wanted a faster wireless network.

I quickly became frustrated with the new Linksys SRX wireless setup, primarily because my laptop (a 2004 HP model) wouldn't always detect the wireless card after powering up from sleep mode, and often there would be dropouts in my wireless internet connection, even when my laptop remained stationary.In addition, even though the wireless icon in the task bar would constantly indicate a connection speed of 108.0 Mbps, it was obvious that my new wireless internet connection was often far slower than my old 11.0 Mbps wireless connection!This problem was especially obvious with websites rich in photo-quality graphic images, like ESPN.com.

So, I contacted Linksys tech support and, with the help of a friendly tech support agent, reprogrammed several parameters on the router.The problem improved, but only temporarily.Frustrated, I returned both the wireless router and the PC card and immediately ordered the Belkin Pre-N router and PC card (based on Cnet reviews, which rated the Belkin system higher anyway).

Both the Belkin wireless router and PC card installed quite easily with the accompanying installation CD's and my system has been up and running without a hitch--so far.One other thing I have liked about the Belkin system is that (using the included Belkin Wireless Client) it displays realtime send and receive speeds of the wireless card, which are often slower than the 108.0 Mbps the wireless icon in the taskbar is constantly pegged at; but at least I know the "true" speed of my wireless network at any given point in time (the measured speeds that are displayed are constantly changing and fluctuate mainly according to distance from the router).

Needless to say, I have been impressed with my early experience with this Belkin system and won't hesitate to highly recommend it to others considering a future home wireless network upgrade.Oh, and did I mention that the Belkin system was cheaper than Linksys'?!! ... Read more


7. Linksys WPC54G Wireless-G Notebook Adapter
by Linksys
list price: $79.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B00007KDVK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 130
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Wireless-G is the upcoming 54Mbps wireless networking standard that's almost five times faster than the widely deployed Wireless-B (802.11b) products found in homes, businesses, and public wireless hotspots around the countrybut since they share the same 2.4GHz radio band, Wireless-G devices can also work with existing 11Mbps Wireless-B equipment.

The new Wireless-G Notebook Adapter from Linksys has both standards built in, so you can connect your notebook to existing 802.11b infrastructure, and also the new screaming fast Wireless-G networks. The included Setup Wizard will walk you through configuring the adapter to your network's settings, step by step. Then just slide it into your notebook's PC Card slot and enjoy network access with your notebook computer, while retaining true mobility.

Once you're connected, you can keep in touch with your e-mail, access the Internet, and share files and other resources such as printers and network storage with other computers on the network, wherever you wander. At home, you can surf the web or use instant messaging to chat with friends while sitting out on the patio.

You'll also be able to connect with any of the growing number of public wireless hotspots springing up in coffee shops, airport lounges, hotels and convention centers. And as those hotspots upgrade to the new high-speed Wireless-G standard, you'll be ready to take advantage of the increased speeds.

Get connected to current-standard 802.11b networks today, and be prepared for the future with the Wireless-G Notebook Adapter from Linksys.

  • High-speed Wireless-G (draft 802.11g) networking for your notebook computer
  • Data rates up to 54Mbps -- 5 times faster than Wireless-B (802.11b)
  • Also interoperates with Wireless-B networks (at 11Mbps)
  • Wireless security -- up to 128-bit WEP encryption
... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with Windows98SE, Me, 2000, and XP
  • Operates in the 2.4 Ghz frequency spectrum with speeds up to 54 Mbps
  • Complies with IEEE 802.11g draft standards, and is backwards compatible with IEEE 802.11b products
  • 32-bit CardBus Interface
  • Up to 128-bit WEP encryption

Reviews (178)

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I have always purchased Linksys in the past, routers, switches & hubs with absolutly no trouble. I read all the reviews here, some good, some bad. I took the advice of some who said not to use the setup CD and to download straight from the web. Another said to setup the router and not let your "know it all" 19 year old set up the laptop adapter first, among many others. Well, I set up the wireless router WRT54GS but could not get a clean install of the software drivers not even from the web. Finally I got it to install and work. It worked fine as a router with a Ethernet (wired) connection to my laptop. Then the fun started when I tried to install the Laptop Adapter WPC54G. I can't begin to explain the hours and pain that was spent. No matter what I did or how I did it, the adapter was active and appeared to be ok BUT it would not communicate withe Router. I tried every configuration I could. And, Yes, I called Linksys. Even at 3AM they are there to help you .... RIGHT! I called them 3 times, was on the phone for almost an hour each time and GOT NO WHERE. It might have been faster if the people spoke english as a first language!. Bottom line, Linksys said there must be something wrong with either the adapter or router, or both and left me hanging. THANKS. I bought both pieces back to the store and returned them. Would have liked to exchanged them for another Linksys set but, the experience was very very BAD. I purchased the D-Link DI-624 108Mbps G Wireless router and the D-Link DWL-G650 108G Laptop adapter. In 20 minutes I was up and Running. Lesson Learned? ... If you buy Linksys or anyone else, and it does work out of the box (if you followed instructions), consider it dead and don't waste anymore of your time trying and trying to make it work!

4-0 out of 5 stars Strong Connection and good range.
This wireless network adapter is durable and provides a great connection with relatively little configuration.I have installed this card in IBM T30 and A20 models as well as HP notebooks. I had a dlink card on my last computer that had less than half the range it claimed. The instalation was simple and intuitive enough for the technologicaly challenged could get wifi connection easily.I have yet to find an incompatible network.

This card isnt the cheapest (but its not the most expensive) but the price is worth the durability and knowledge that you are connected with a quality product.
Go wireless with the WPC54G today.

1-0 out of 5 stars WPC54G v2 & AES
After purchasing the WPC54G v2, I was disappointed to notice that it evidently doesn't support AES. I'm using the Linksys Network Monitor v2.1 (also tried Funk Odyssey), and driver v6.0.0.18.
Linksys' website has the product data sheet for this card, which lists security as: WEP, AES, TKIP, 802.1x. The user guide, that came with the card, as well as the user guide posted to the website, speaks about AES as a selection. And the Network Monitor application, prompts you to choose, "from either TKIP or AES," only that AES is not listed in the drop down list.
From my reading posts, it appears that v2 doesn't support AES, while some other WPC54G versions do. The problem is that Linksys makes it very unlikely that you'll realize this before purchasing the card. Between their website, userguide, software, as well as all their retail channel partners listing AES as a supported protocol, you're destined to purchase the card and be disappointed once you attempt to configure AES.
After contacting Linksys, this is the clarification I received, "...AES is supported with the previous version which is WPC54G Version 1. There is no driver yet for the version 2 wireless-g adapter that supports AES as on the moment. Keep posted from the website for any updates with regards to the device. You can go to www.linksys.com..."
This doesn't really manage expectations, though, and leaves it likely that others may potentially experience the same confusion.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad Install with Dell Inspiron 8000
I echo a former review about problems this card with a Dell Inspiron computer.Had problems with the install~Couldn't open the card's utility feature after several attempts.Incidentally, I am using a Netgear MA521 card with a Linksys WRT54G router on another Dell Inspiron (5000)computer, and that seems to be working fine.

1-0 out of 5 stars bad experience
The card works very poorly with my Dell Inspiron 8100. It seems it has a compatibility problem with the Texas Instruments bus that is used on all Dell laptops. It keeps dropping the connection with my Netgear wireless router. Also the driver does not integrate well with Windows XP - I had to install it several times. I would advise against buying it. ... Read more


8. Sandisk ULTRA II HIGH PERFORMANCE 4GB ( SDCFH-4096-901 )
by SanDisk
list price: $369.99
our price: $362.89
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Asin: B00065ANYW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: SanDisk
Sales Rank: 12512
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Product Description

SanDisk Ultra II 4GB Compact Flash Card The new SanDisk Ultra II CompactFlash memory card has a minimum sustained write speed of 9 megabytes (MB) per second and a read speed of 10MB per second. Get faster speed for all the things you do. In the fast-paced world of Digital Photography, you rely on your camera and its capabilities. You also rely on your CompactFlash card to be fast, reliable and compatible with your camera. To meet the needs of professional and advanced photographers, SanDisk has developed new, optimized CompactFlash cards that:Have a minimum sustained write speed of 9MB per second and a read speed of 10MB per second.Take advantage of the advanced features of high mega-pixel digital cameras.Deliver superior speed. Now you can capture those high-resolution images even faster!Do it all with low power consumption, which means longer battery life.SanDisk Ultra II CompactFlash cards are ideal for your most demanding photo shoots, including photojournalism and event, sports, nature and fashion photography. All CF cards from SanDisk are Type I format, including SanDisk Ultra II CompactFlash cards. ... Read more

Features

  • Data protection features
  • CompactFlash memory card works with most digital devices
  • High transfer rate
  • 4GB storage
  • Shock resistant

9. Linksys WUSB12 Wireless-B Compact USB Adapter
by Linksys
list price: $105.00
our price: $56.99
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Asin: B000083EAI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 1284
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Wireless Compact Network USB Adapter, 802.11b ... Read more

Features

  • Simple, portable, wireless networking for your notebook or desktop
  • Works with any USB-equipped PC
  • Wireless-B (802.11b) connectivity at 11 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz radio band
  • Plug in and you're connected -- no need to open your computer

Reviews (29)

3-0 out of 5 stars Useful product, but flimsy construction and flawed software
This adapter is relatively easy to set up, especially if you have a Linksys wireless router since the product will basically just find itself on the network. However, I have had a considerable amount of issues with the product drivers, and attempting to hot swap the unit will frequently cause BSOD errors on my XP machine.

I also had to replace the unit at my own cost after about a year of use because the USB connector became loose and now intermittently disconnects from the computer. Linksys support was largely unhelpful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Item used for Tivo
I was able to use this item on my upstairs Tivo to connect to my network wireless Linksys router WRT54G (located downstairs). It took me awhile to find the gateway, but it finally connected.Now I can use multiroom viewing with my two TIVO(s) located in seperate rooms.Love it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Tivo!!!
Like other users have stated, this adapter is PERFECT for Tivo.Plug it in and Tivo recognizes and upgrades the device.So easy to use, I highly recommend it!

1-0 out of 5 stars incredibly frustrating to set up on XP
Linksys normally puts out a great product, but I have had nothing but grief with this one. You need the patience of a Shaolin monk tosuccessfully configure this device if you already have other wifi devices on your network. All of my other wireless products are linksys also. I should be able to simply connect the device to a usb port, load the driver, and viola! Right? Wrong! Setting up this device on my desktop interfered with my pcmcia wifi g card on my laptop. Also, if you want to place your tower underneath your desk, the USB cable provided is woefully short. I'd suggest getting at least a 2 ft USB cable so that you can mount this device on top of your desk. Also, the signal is pretty weak. Therefore, I don't suggest using this product if there is going to be any kind of physical obstruction between the device and your access point. One of the biggest draws for me to buying this product is the portability. The thought of having a portable usb wifi device was intriguing. It even comes with a lanyard so that you can wear it if you wish. However, as this device requires tweaking to get it to work properly, it is not truly plug and play . I cannot in good conscience recommend this product.

5-0 out of 5 stars Painless and quick
Absolutely painless install on my TiVo. The TiVo box even detected that this adaptor needed a firmware upgrade and then did the upgrade for me. Took less than 5 minutes to install and works great! ... Read more


10. Belkin F5D8230-4 Wireless 802.11x Pre-N Router
by Belkin
list price: $139.99
our price: $135.84
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Asin: B0006A7X36
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Belkin
Sales Rank: 1555
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Now you can share your broadband Internet connection farther and faster than ever before with Belkin Wireless Pre-N. It uses revolutionary smart antenna technology to boost wireless network speed and range far beyond that of today's standard 802.11b/g and 802.11a wireless networking technologies. This technology is perfect for larger homes or offices that have a wide area to cover and want to run multimedia and high bandwidth applications reliability.

With the Belkin Wireless Pre-N Router as the central network connection point, your connected computers are able to share a broadband Internet connection and networked peripherals such as hard drives, printers, CD-ROMs, and DVD players. An integrated, 4-port 10/100Base-T Ethernet switch also allows you to connect wired computers to the network.

Pre-N offers backward compatibility with existing 802.11g and 802.11b, to provide seamless integration into existing wireless networks. Its advanced technology enables Belkin Pre-N products to significantly improve the performance of standard 802.11g and 802.11b devices in the mixed network environment.

To maximize your network’s security the Belkin Wireless Pre-N Router offers advanced Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) support that provides enhanced encryption to protect your wireless network. Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) and Network Address Translation (NAT) doubles your firewall and safeguards your network from Internet intruders. VPN tunnel pass-through provides secure Internet connections to your office. Built-in Parental Control/Web Content Filter provides over 50 fully configurable filters that allow you to block websites and images.

Advantages
  • 800% greater coverage than standard 802.11g Belkin Pre-N provides the industry's best wireless coverage, extending your range with improved reliability and fewer drops.
  • 600% greater speeds than standard 802.11g Belkin Pre-N provides the industry's fastest ... Read more

    Features

    • Pre-N speeds and coverage mean 4x greater coverage than standard 802.11g and 4x greater speed than standard 802.11g
    • Wirelessly share a broadband cable or DSL Internet connection
    • Built-in 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch
    • High resistance to wireless interference--the router will sense potential interference and shift to the clearest available channel
    • Note: Pre-N routing speeds require an optional Belkin Pre-N wireless networking adapter

    Reviews (36)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent speed & range
    I'm not quite sure the speed and range are as good as Belkin claims but it is still head and shoulders above the rest.If you've had difficulty with wireless range, in the past, give this one a shot.I have alot of experience with wireless home networking and I found this router/AP to solve alot of problems the other wireless systems would have.This MIMO stuff really works.Range with this router and a Netgear G PCCard was much better that the same card with the Netgear AP.The Belkin PCCard could connect with the Netgear AP at extended range as well.The Belkin router with the Belkin PCCard was phenominal in both range and speed.As for the fancy stuff like VPN and gaming, I can't attest to because I don't do that on my wireless system.

    3-0 out of 5 stars not ready yet
    If you want a nice looking router(let say to place in your living room) or extended range / stronger signal this is for you.
    If you need stable connection or security like WEP, WPA or WPA-PSK go with something else or wait for the few next firmware updates. Or use BELKIN network udapter(s).I spend a week, trying to have all my 4 computers + IPAQ, with different network cards to work using WEP or WPA security and gave up(WINDOWS XP SP2).
    Windows Server 2003 was fine.
    So I end upjust used MAC to restrict connected clients. And once in two days speed starts degrade, so it requires power down cycle. So, if you have more than one computer and non BELKIN adapter(s) be ready for a challenge. Good luck.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Fast, works, interface awful, UPnP doesn't work
    I'm a programmer, testing this in a lab to see how easy it is to setup, and to see whether UPnP works, so I can't speak to whether it has great wireless range or not.But at close range, the throughput is excellent.I'm pushing 1 Mbit/sec live video streams through it, and it has no trouble handling it, with no packet drops.

    It was also very stable: no locking up or rebooting on me.

    If you are just a very simple user who will plug this in to do nothing more than surf the web and read your email, this thing will work great.i.e. if you have never even used the web page interface to change settings on your router, you probably wouldn't care if the settings pages are lousy.

    1. The user interface through a web browser is clumsy; it's hard to find the right pages for things to set.

    2. UPnP is a no-go.Ports will set up on it, but the router doesn't forward anything on them.If you have no idea what UPnP is, then you can ignore this.But if you plan on getting gaming, Messenger, video conferencing, or other such tools to work, get yourself a different router.

    3. Just like D-Link, NetGear and most other router companies, the tech support is awful.It's staffed by morons who can't help and can't answer any questions beyond how to plug the thing in.

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    I'd pick a Netgear WPN824 over this thing.

    1-0 out of 5 stars VPN Problems
    Hi,

    this product doesn't work with Nortel Contivity Client, and from what I've read the problem is the same using anothers vpn clients.

    Regards,

    Iñaki.

    5-0 out of 5 stars best wireless router i ever had
    used to have a linksys wireless b router (more or less ok) and recently a motorola wr850g (poor). i assumed the motorola would have strong broadcast characteristics coming from motorola, but, performance was much worse than the old linksys. in comes the belkin. easy to set up, easy to forward ports, lots of security features. best of all - excellent coverage of my 2 story pool home. i can finally surf the web sitting by the pool, something that never worked before. another first is that my laptops connect to the router evern when the SSID is not broadcasted. this never worked with the other routers i had.

    get this one! ... Read more


11. Linksys Wireless-G Cable Gateway (WCG200)
by Linksys
list price: $149.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0000TW3RE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 1564
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Wireless-G Cable Gateway, 802.11g ... Read more

Features

  • Built-in Wireless-G (802.11g) Access Point also lets you connect without running wires
  • With the Linksys Wireless-G Cable Gateway at the heart of your home network, you're connected to the future."
  • The All-In-One Solution for Internet Connectivity in Your Home
  • High-speed DOCSIS 2.0-ready Cable Modem gives you a fast, "Always On" connection to the Internet
  • Share the Internet -- connect one PC to the integrated Router via USB and four more via Ethernet using the built-in 10/100 Switch

Reviews (15)

1-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work with Adelphia
Adelphia in Colorado uses some different non-standard encoding/whatever, and this cable modem will not work with their service...Seems like a great piece of hardware other than that.It was tough to get all set up for wireless, and the local network.It just didn't work where a motorola surfboard sb5100 works fine now.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great unit
I have to agree with everything that Todd Osborne mentions in his review.

This is the unit I am recommending to all my friends.

It just works. Just like Appple computers, which Linksys does not support. However I needed no support to get my Powerbook working wirelessly with this unit. So if you are thinking of using this with a Mac, and are worried about support, don't worry. It will work.

4-0 out of 5 stars instalation and setup was hell but it was worth it.
I recently purchased this cable gate way, it was all i was looking for ,acesspoint router cable modem all in one, the setup was easy ill recomend dont use the usb, us your network cable its much faster, to network and internet.gettin my network conected and my cable comcast internet concected took me 5 days non stop, the manual dont help you with nothing, the people in lynksys support dont know nothing, these people in comcast didn't know what the hell was going on, my modem was not being detected, i was all out of options but i didn't gived up, BASICALLY I WAS ON MY OWN, finally i called comcast and for the first time i came across to someone who was smart and knew what he was talking about but still he couldn;t help me, i gave them my serial number and mac adress but there was a problem with the cable gate way the built in firewall was stoping comcast from giving me my unique ip adress. well on the 5th day i was ready to return this product and cancel my cable internet when i went to the product setting page http://192.168.01make sure you turn of your fire wall, and select disable "NAT AND ROUTING, FOR THOSE WHO DONT KNOW NAT IS LIKE A FIRE WALL TO SO IF YOU DISABLE YOUR FIRE WALL THE NAT IS STILL ON SO YOU NEED TO DISABLE IT. AND WHEN I DID THAT MY MODEM WAS DETECTED I CALLED UP SOME GUY FROM COMCAST AND IN LESS THAN 5 MINUTES I WAS UP AND RUNNIN ON THE HIGH SPEED CABLE INTER NET. AFTER YOUR CONECTED TO THE INTERNET IT WILL HELP IF YOU ENABLE NAT AND ROUTING SOOTHER COMPUTERS IN YOUR NETWORK CAN ACESS THE INTERNET TOO. IM TELLING YOU I GOT THIS LAPTOP IN MY HOME NETWORK AND ITS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HOUSE, EVEN THOUGH THE SIGNAL STRENGHTH IS LOW THE INTERNET IS STILL SUPER FAST ILL RECOMEND GETTINGA RANGE EXPANDER.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works perfect w/ Cox cable
I purchased this to replace a failing cable modem, and I'm very impressed. Had it up and running within 10 minutes of opening the box. Wireless works great, no problem. It doesn't support WPA, so if you're going to do anything interesting with the wireless (i.e. banking or shopping) you should use the 128bit WEP, turn off the SSID broadcast, use MAC address restriction, and change the key every couple of weeks. It's still vulnerable, but most attackers will go after a softer target. Overall a great device.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wireless G with uncomporable networking features
I basically bought linksys because I had and existing cable/dsl router and was very happy with the features it had. This new wireless cable modem/router/switch is much much more and worth every cent i spent on it. It had features that wasn't available in highend modems/routers. I realize that owning a linksys router, we take ip forwarding and the likes too trivial. Alot of the features that comes with this unit weren't available in the units i was comparing.
In fact, after doing indepth research on each of the units, which I wanted to buy, the linksys WCG200 starts to shine compared to the others. It was a hands down decision for me. I'm very happy with it and will gladly recommend this unit for anyone who is looking to get a new cablemodem.

By the way, I have COX cable internet and it was easy as telling them the serial number and mac address to get my modem/router into their network. If other ISP are telling you it's incompatible, they are just giving you BS lip service. Oh, i'm writing this review on my wireless connection and it ROCKS. I even play games on it without noticing any network latency issues. ... Read more


12. SanDisk Connect 256 MB + WiFi SD Card
by SanDisk

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Asin: B0002J46ZO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: SanDisk
Sales Rank: 1014
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

SanDisk 256 megabyte (MB) + Wi-Fi SD Combination card is the world's first card to include both memory and WLAN (802.11b) communications in a single SD card. The card is compatible with handheld devices that feature an SDIO-enabled slot and use Microsoft Pocket PC 2002, Pocket PC 2003 or Windows Mobile 2003 operating environments.The low-power device is designed to minimize battery drain, a key consideration for handheld computer users. In addition, combining flash memory and Wi-Fi in one card also represents a cost savings to consumers because if the cards were bought separately they would cost considerably more. ... Read more

Features

  • WiFi 802.11b-compliant, offering data transfers at up to 11 Mbps
  • Battery-optimized for lowest power draw and highest performance
  • Combines flash memory and wireless communications in a single 256 MB SD card
  • Gives SDIO-enabled PDAs the freedom to quickly transmit and receive data, images, and music from thousands of 802.11b hotspots worldwide
  • Download content directly to memory card, vastly expanding the available memory on your handheld device

Reviews (14)

2-0 out of 5 stars Ipaq 3955, no memory
I did get this to work in one way or another.In ce 2002 the memory showed up but no WiFi.I upgraded to CE2003 and the WiFi works, but no memory.The reason I bought this was that J&R expressly said it worked on the 3955.I am a bit disappointed that it isn't fully functional, but the WiFi works, so I guess I will keep it.I hope they update the drivers, but after talking to Sandisk, I am not holding my breath.They weren't too interested in helping me.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not work on HP iPAQ 3955
It not work on my hp 3955.I was call HP 3 times,but I get the difference answer every time.,finally they told me the negative answer.And told me my PDA was out of guarantee,need to call the tech. support with charge .($$$)( They care about customer pay them only,don't care about what is the customeron feeling)
sandisk was give me the answer fast than HP. (it was not work on it card w/memory ,but it was too late )
Some one told we don't check the website before we buy it, but it was hard to get the answer sometime.
before I order it card,I was read the review from someone on amazon site to told ,it was working on hp 3955,but it was not !!

1-0 out of 5 stars Does NOT work with Audiovox 6600 and Pocket PC 2003 2nd Edi
I bought this product after reading a review that stated that the drivers finally worked after performing the ROM upgrade from the Audiovox website. This is simply not true. While the ROM upgrade does fix/enhance other features of the Audiovox 6600, it DOES NOT fix the driver issue with this product. After installing the driver and utility for the product, the wifi card is only recognized one out of every 30 (or so) soft resets and I was prompted to format the storage portion of the card most other times. No format ever completed successfully and the storage portion of the card was only accessible one out of every 15 (or so) soft resets. After calling SanDisk technical support and going over this issue with them, they stated that it is a known issue with their dual SDIO bus driver and they suggested that I return this product and purchase their other sd wifi card without the storage.
I have read rumors in discussion threads that SanDisk is planning on releasing a driver that will actually work with Pocket PC 2003 Second Edition but I would not recommend purchasing this product until it is released.

1-0 out of 5 stars 256 MB + WiFi SD Card
This Product does NOT work with Windows Mobile 2003 second edition!No patches....No help from SanDisk!

5-0 out of 5 stars Do not buy if you have a Axim X50!!!!
I bought this product by mistake, I was actually able to install the program on my X50 but wasn't able to make it work.We tried it on a MIO and it worked just fine.

I give it 5 stars because the Idea of having a SD WIFI and 256 MBs is great...too bad bad I can't use it... ... Read more


13. Linksys WMP54GS Wireless-G PCI Card with SpeedBooster
by Linksys
list price: $144.00
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0001D3K3A
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 317
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Wireless-G PCI Adapter with SpeedBooster, 802.11g, b ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with Windows 98SE, Me, 2000 or XP
  • High-speed Wireless-G for your desktop PC, now with SpeedBooster performance enhancement
  • Put your PC wherever you want, with no cabling hassle
  • New SpeedBooster technology increases wireless network performance by up to 35%
  • Also interoperates with standard Wireless-G and Wireless-B networks

Reviews (18)

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it
Don't buy this one unless all you want to do is return it. The software is terrible. If you need proof, you should go to www.linksys.com/check and see all the software patches that you can download for their products. I downloaded the software but it still doesn't operate the device.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Monkey Could Install This!
This is going to sound a little embarrassing, but I had more trouble getting my computer case opened than I did installing this card.The installation process went something like this... Spend 10 minutes trying to figure out how to open my new computer's case.Finally, get case opened.Pop this card into a PCI slot.Close case.Screw on antenna.Turn on computer and get a message saying that Windows has detected new hardware.Ignore the message for the moment and put the LinkSys driver cd into my cd-rom drive.Driver installs without any action from me - new hardware mesage goes away.A screen with all available wireless networks pops up.I pick my network, enter my WEP password and everything works.I am now browsing the web and transferring files from my other computers with no problems and my signal is great.

My operating system is Windows XP Home and I am using the LinkSys wireless G access point.If you are using XP and have all LinkSys products I would say you can't miss with this card.Installing it was a no brainer and I get a great signal.For other setups, I recommend reading the rest of the reviews.

1-0 out of 5 stars READ THIS if you run XP, I will save you time and money!
DO NOT BUY THIS ADAPTER FOR XP. Instead get WUSB54GS. This adapter has wizard for ME and 98, but for XP you have to stand on your head and cross your fingers to get it to work. Mine never worked and I am a degreed and certified Network Engineer.

On the other hand, the updated WUSB54GS external adapter is compatible and works only with XP and 2000. Insert the CD and it practically installs itself. No hassles whatsoever, unlike the other miserable excuse for an XP wireless adapter. I wasted hours trying to make the WMP54GS work. Don't make the same mistake I did. Get the WUSB54GS and you will be up and running in minutes.

1-0 out of 5 stars Here today, gone tomorrow.
Today it works. Tomorrow it doesn't work.
6 hours to install. Tech Support's English hit or miss.
Back to the store - so sad. (The tragedy of Windows 98 SE.)

3-0 out of 5 stars Know The Minimum Requirements
Easy installation and works good out of the box.I ended up having to redo my network because I did not pay attention to the mininum requirements.This card requires a system have a processor of 500 MHz or greater. (I originally planned to install in a 333MHz system) I also ended up purchasing the WRE54G range expander because every time we used the microwave I would lose my connection.So know what system you have and where you will use it! ... Read more


14. Netgear WGXB102 54Mbps Wall-Plugged Wireless Range Extender Kit
by Netgear
list price: $217.00
our price: $114.94
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Asin: B0002ZH71S
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 862
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Receive Wireless Internet Access from any Power Outlet in Your Home
As home networking continues to spread and evolve at rapid speed, some users find that their wireless router does not reach all corners of their home, or that they would like to have their wireless network originate from a point of their choosing, rather than be tethered to the point where the Internet enters their home. Other users would rather have a wireless network where no product is on the floor, and no cables are visible at all.

The WGXB102 allows the user to have their wireless network originate from the middle of their home, or from even the furthest extremity, with no cables visible. The kit consists of the XE102 Wall-Plugged Ethernet bridge and a WGX102 54 Mbps Wall-Plugged Wireless Range Extender. The XE102 connects to an existing wired or wireless router from any vendor, and the WGX102 can be plugged into any electrical outlet to create an area of wireless access.

Novel
Plug the XE102 into a wired or wireless router from any vendor, and then plug the WGX102 into any power outlet at your desired location to provide wireless access where desired.

Attractive
A new wall-plugged form factor allows the user to have a full wireless network without any visible Ethernet cables, and without any floor or desk space occupied. The sleek platinum casing blends well into any home dcor.

Key Benefits

  • Wall-Plugged form factor for the Wireless Range Extender
  • Sleek silver casing
  • Ability to have wireless Internet access originate from any power outlet in the home, with no visible cables
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Features

  • An excellent flexible solution for filling in wireless "dead spots"
  • Wireless-G 54Mbps Router/AP and Powerline adapters all-in-one kit
  • Select between AP and Router modes through a simple user interface
  • Allow your wireless network to originate from any chosen point in your home.
  • Easily move this network around your house as your needs require, without running any unsightly Ethernet cables across your home

Reviews (15)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best
I am not sure what problems anyone might have had with this device, but I have no idea how it could have been easier. 1)Plug in the XE102: 2: connect it to your modem: 3) Plug the second unit into a wall. Done.Stregth good to excellet. That simple. Couldn't get that kind of a response before.Worth every penny.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great device! HIghly recommended.
I bought a d-link repeater before I got this setup from Netgear.The d-link was a bust.Although the repeater broadcast a strong signal, it needed to pickup the signal in a position equidistant between your laptop (wherever you are) and your wireless router for you to get a decent signal.

Second, no one tells you that a repeater transmits not full duplex, but half duplex.That means it cannot send and receive data at the same time.The result is that your signal is cut into 2, and your bandwidth is cut into 2; ie if you have 11mbs, now you have 5.5mbs.

The netgear is easy, hastle free, and convenient.The last review criticized its transmission distance, but you not getting a signal?Take it with you and plug it closer.

Second, the last reviewer stated that there was a problem when the transmitter was not plugged near a room with your netgear router.This is primarily because the system uses your electrical wiring like your CAT5 or LAN cable.Your house, however, may have different electrical wiring from one room going through to different circuit boxes or junctions, cutting off the "LAN" signal from one room to another.This happens with X10 systems all the time (the ones where you can remotely control lights and appliances).

Third, although the tranmitter sends out a signal at 54mbps, the router only transmits accurately over house wiring at 15 or so.It's good enough for internet browsing since most broadband connections range from 1.5mbps to 5mbps.But don't expect to work effectively as a home network.

Overall, A+ for this system.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!
I have never felt moved to review anything before, but this product just blew me away!It works great for me in my large house (maximum signal strength where I had no signal before).The setup was SO easy: you take it out of the box and plug it in, then you change the network on your wireless computer from whatever it was named before to "NETGEAR."I wasn't 100% sure how to do this, but I ran the Airport Setup Assistant on my Apple Ibook and it found the NETGEAR network and connected to it automatically without my doing anything. Setup time for this non-techie was aproximately 3 minutes.This product is pricey but to me it was so worth it!I have never purchased a computer hardware product that set up as easily as advertised and worked so well.Thank you Netgear!

2-0 out of 5 stars Long on Promises, Short on Delivery
1.Powerline communications (HomePlug) isn't foolproof.Some electronics (like HP Laserjets, iPod AC Adapters) can "shunt" the electrical signal to ground, if they're plugged in to the same house power line.And, you house has two distinct power "legs", meeting at the main power box:If the XE102 (Powerline Bridge) is on one les, and the WXG102 (Powerline Access Point) is on the other, you may find they don't cummunicate (or do so only intermittently).

2.Security is a joke.Yes, the XE102/WBX102 share an encryption key, so powerline communications can be (moderately) secure.However, your laptop has a wireless card to communicate with the WBX102, and NO SECURITY IS PROVIDED.You can't configure WEP, WPA, or even list the MAC addresses of devices you can restrict access to.If you use this to extend WiFi, remember, your traffic is ENTIRELY IN THE OPEN, subject to being monitored by anyone with a WiFi card near by.Use it only if you live in the middle of a huge farm, and nobody nearby has a directional antenna for WiFi.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good solution to wireless range extension
I use a wireless router in the house with great success.However, the range is pretty weak or my house is too big, and I am pretty sure it's not the latter.As a result, I researched a variety of solutions, none of which seemed too appealing to implement (bridges, wireless range extenders, new RF antenna, etc).It just all seemed too complicated, and I consider myself pretty tech savvy.

Fortunately, I was reading through some tech reviews and stumbled upon the Netgear Wireless wall-plugged router kit.It seemed like it was pretty simple to setup and easy to use.Well, I can report that it is exactly that.

There is no software to install at all.You simply plug in the ethernet cable from the cable modem in one room into the Netgear plug and then plug that into the wall.Check that all three green lights are lit and you are good to go.

The next step is to take the second half of the Netgear plug into the desired room in the house and plug it into an electric socket.When its three lights are lit, you have a connection and are good to go in there.My laptop computer picked up wireless signal immediately and I was surfing the web in no time flat.Basically, it was flawless.

So, WHY am I am only giving it four stars?Two reasons:

First, the wireless range of the Netgear plug is pretty weak.It definitely doesn't have the power of my main wireless modem.Then again, it doesn't have an antenna AND it still works, so it's no big deal; it's just not perfect.

Second, the Netgear plugs need to be plugged in somewhat near each other to function correctly and get the Homelink green light to turn green.When the Netgear plugs were plugged in on opposite ends of the house (what I was hoping for to maximize range), it did not achieve a homelink connection.However, when I moved the plugs to outlets that were closer together (but still outside my wireless routers range), it DID work.So, partial credit again here.While I cna't explain why it did not work, perhaps the electrical homelink signal degrades the farther the outlets are apart.

Anyway, everything is working pretty smoothly now and I am excited that I can get a signal in another area of the house that was not covered by internet previously. ... Read more


15. Linksys WAP54G Wireless-G Access Point
by Linksys
list price: $99.99
our price: $65.53
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Asin: B00007KDVJ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 592
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Wireless-G is the upcoming 54Mbps wireless networking standard that's almost five times faster than the widely deployed Wireless-B (802.11b) products found in homes, businesses, and public wireless hotspots around the countrybut since they share the same 2.4GHz radio band, Wireless-G devices can also work with existing 11Mbps Wireless-B equipment.

The Linksys Wireless-G Access Point lets you connect Wireless-G or Wireless-B devices to the network. Since both standards are built in, you can protect your investment in existing 802.11b infrastructure, and migrate your network clients to the new screaming fast Wireless-G standard as your needs grow.

To protect your data and privacy, the Wireless-G Access Point can encrypt all wireless transmissions. The MAC Address filter lets you decide exactly who has access to your wireless network. Configuration is a snap with the web browser-based configuration utility.

Future-proof your wireless network with the Linksys Wireless-G Access Point. You'll enjoy Wireless-B connectivity today, and be prepared for a high-speed Wireless-G tomorrow.

  • Set up a high-speed Wireless-G (draft 802.11g) network in your home or office
  • Data rates up to 54Mbps -- 5 times faster than Wireless-B (802.11b)
  • Also interoperates with Wireless-B networks (at 11Mbps)
  • Advanced wireless security with 128-bit WEP encryption and MAC filtering
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Features

  • Router not included, so you cannot connect multiple users to the Internet
  • Supports data rates up to 54 Mbps--up to 5 times faster than 802.11b
  • Backwards compatible with existing IEEE 802.11b devices at 11 Mbps
  • Supports 64- and 128-bit WEP encryption
  • Wireless MAC address filtering

Reviews (74)

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Product - PERIOD !!
THis is an awesome product, handsdown !!THe set-up is easy (takes about 15 minutes total) and the functionality is impressive.I canbe 330 feet away (yes, we measured it!!) at our swimming pool area, transmitting through 3 walls ane one solid 8 foot fence and still be able to use my laptop perfectly !!

Don't waste your money on the other manufacturer's inferior products, use the leader in the industry (Cisco) and be done with it.I have read the so-called "negative" comments from other users and truly feel it is just other manufacturers employees told to submit phony "bad claims" while they sit at their desks!

I might add that my neighbor works in UC Berkeley's IT hub and he also said that this Linksys product is the one that they recommend to students and faculty alike for both lab and home use applications.He said the value proposition of this product and its consistent reliability make it the clear leader for wireless access points.I'd give this 7 stars if I coul....it is an excellent product !!

5-0 out of 5 stars Linksys once again
I already had a Linksys wired DSL router.I debated over replacing it with a wireless capable router instead; but decided to avoid additional hassles and just do an AP.I knew I wanted to keep with Linksys because of their rep. and because of my current experience with them.

The WAP54G was a breeze to set up.I had it up and running the first time in probably 15-20 minutes (w/ Windows 98).It hooked right up; and I stacked it right ontop of my router.

I had connection to the Internet with my laptop in no time.The range seems to be just fine in my house as I can access from my den, my garage and my back deck with the AP in my hallway office (using mainly full signal strength).I also plan to use my Dell Axim PPC with the AP as well once I get it.

This AP comes with the latest wireless security, WPA.I recommend setting up the security.Elect not to broadcast your SSID and "Enable" your WPA security.It is said that only about 10% of wireless network users have security enabled.Enabling your security will prevent unwanted "ease-droppers" and others from "borrowing" your connection.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not so great if there are 2.4 GHz phones being used around u
Set up was (almost) a breeze. But I started experiencing mysterious disconnections almost from hour 1. This went on for the rest of the day till I figured out that the 2.4 GHz phone system I have at home is the culprit. I would happily replace the phone but neighbours using their phones have also been responsible for my disconnects. I know this for a fact because I actually had them use the phone from their yard and there was an instant disconnect. I'm returning this to the store and hoping that a better connected solution turns up.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excelente, pero hay que configurar
Es mi primer router inalámbrico, y en cuanto a rendimiento, conectividad e instalación inicial es excelente.Sin embargo, es necesario un conocimiento mas detallado del equipo para programar la seguridad requerida.Luego de varios ensayos y errores, se aprende a conocer el router muy bien y los cambios o modificaciones se realizan muy rápido (acceso Web inclusive).Es verdad que frecuentemente se desconecta, por lo cual es bueno cambiar de canal (frecuencia) el enlace con el router, debido a que es principalmente por interferencias.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected
This is the first time I have ever set up a wireless network.The installation was a breeeze and the connectivity is excellent.I'm typing this in my dining room, with my access point downstairs.A sold purchase. ... Read more


16. Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander WRE54G
by Linksys
list price: $146.00
our price: $81.91
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Asin: B00021XIJW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 834
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

MODEL- WRE54G VENDOR- LINKSYS FEATURES- Wireless-G Range ExtenderExpand The Range Of Your Wireless Network!The Linksys Wireless-G Range Expander is the easy way to increasethe effective coverage of your wireless network. Unlike adding a traditional access point to your network to expandwireless coverage, the Wireless-G Range Expander does not need tobe connected to the network by a data cable. Just put it withinrange of your main access point or wireless router, and it ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with the Linksys WAP54G Access Point, and both the WRT54G and WRT54GS wireless routers
  • Expand your wireless networking coverage to eliminate dead spots
  • Works with both 802.11b and 802.11g wireless networks
  • Supports 64 and 128-bit WEP encryption
  • Configurable through your networked PC's Web browser or the included Setup Wizard

Reviews (144)

5-0 out of 5 stars WRE54G version 2
I just purchased and installed the WRE54G V2 unit. I waited for the version 2 (just out a month ago) because it is an easy setup for wireless access points using WPA security. Linksys customer service (NOT the OUTSOURCED TECH SUPPORT) advised me that since I was running WPA security, I needed version 2 and then told me how to identify the Version 2 box in the store. The customer service guys know the unit much better than the tech support people and that made the sale.

In a store, if you look on the box packaging, check out the back and look for an ethernet connection on the front of WRE54G (in the photo) with a ethernet cable protruding from it. That is version 2 - version 1 does not have ethernet connectivity and does not show a cable coming out of the front. The back of the expander unit itself will say WRE54G Version 2 as the model number, but you have to open the box to see that. Some stores have them in stock and some do not yet. Ordering online is obviously tricky so I went to the store (something I usually do not do). It would be nice if online vendors would show the version number ... that would have been a sale.

Very EASY installation with WPA security engaged on the WAP54G V2 access point while installing the expander. I advise using the CD installation method on your PC as opposed to using the auto-setup button to ensure a flawless and easy installation. Just follow the steps, done in several minutes. Works as described ... secure 802.11g/b reaches to far corners and multiple floors.

1-0 out of 5 stars This range expander IS awful...more confirmations below
I have to agree with the negative reviews on installation, lack of advertised functionality, and high price.Once I got it working after several hours, it was great...for a while.Then it would drop connections periodically.A few months later, I upgraded the firmware, as I wanted to start using WPA instead of WEP.Well, WPA does not work with this range expander, period.No matter what I tried, the WRT54GS (compatible Linksys router) worked fine using WPA, but when the range expander attempted communication with the WRT54GS using WPA, nada.At this point I'm ready to dump the WRE54G, and add the highgain Linksys antennas to the WRT54GS.Bottom line?The WRE54G simply isn't worth the money or hassle.

1-0 out of 5 stars Good idea, bad product, too many limitations
I bought the WRE54G intending to extend my WRT54G wireless signal throughout a two story house.The WRT54G just doesn't have quite enough range to cover both stories, so I thought the WRE54G would do the trick.

I was hesitant to buy this product after reading all the terrible reviews about the setup.But since I am a network professional, I work at Cisco Systems, and I'm very familiar with wireless and networking, I figured I could get through the problems others encountered.

Three hours later, I was cursing my arrogance.This thing was a real pain to setup, mostly because of firmware issues.Now, I didn't call Linksys support to verify this, but reading the other reviews it seems that is the case.My struggle sounds like everyone else's:turn off WEP, try auto-configure... nothing but a red link light.I upgraded firmware on my WRT54G to 3.x and the WRE started working, finally, with auto-configure.Then I upgraded the WRE firmware when I could finally get to the device.

You would think I'd be happy, but I'm not, and this is why I'm writing this review.In addition to being difficult to setup, this extender has other issues that are not mentioned by Linksys- until you go to their Knowledge Base and read up on the product.

1.MAC filtering doesn't work, period.You can enable it on the WRT, but because the extender registers its own MAC with the WRT, you cannot filter by host MAC.

2.The max connect from the WRE is 54Mb between it and the WRT.But to hosts connecting to the WRE, it drops to 22Mb.Still fast, but...

3.Inconsistent signal between the WRT and WRE.This could be the WRT, but since my PC seems to have no problem connecting the the WRT from the same area, why does the WRE constantly drop the connection?Of course, when the WRE loses signal to the WRT, your hosts will lose their connection too.I tried a bunch of locations in my house, and I just couldn't find one that worked reliably.

4.Expensive!What is the deal?You can buy an WAP54G access point for cheaper, and it has more functionality.You can even use the WAP54G as a range extender if you get the right (later) hardware and firmware version.This thing costs more than the original wireless router, and it only does half the stuff.I just don't understand why it has to cost so much.

5.I kept having a problem where my PC would try to associate with the wrong device.It would prefer the weaker WRT wireless signal and not the WRE.I am sure there's probably a way to make it only communicate with the WRE, but... do I really have to dig around the manual to figure out how to do it?

6.I kept thinking about what this setup would be like if I didn't know anything about networking.Frankly, I'm surprised any person without specific networking knowledge could get it working without help.

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In summary, I really wanted to like this product.But I don't, and even though I work for the parent company of Linksys I feel I should warn other users that this product may not do what you think it will.

If you are setting up a wireless network, and want to extend your range.... I highly encourage you to wire your infrastructure together using a WRT54G router and a WAP54g access point with an ethernet cable strung between them.Relying on the wireless signal between the router and access point has proved flaky, in my experience.Yeah, I know it sucks to string a cable between the devices, and maybe that is the big selling point of this device.But for reliability and performance, wired infrastructure is the way to go.If you don't believe me, take a look around at professional wireless installations (offices, etc).If the WREs worked well, you'd simply see these things peppered all over.But you don't.... it's always access points wired to a router in a hub and spoke topology.

Bottom line, buy this product only if running ethernet cable to your new wireless access point is not an option.Be prepared to spend a lot of time monkeying with it to get it to work, and be willing to put up with mediocre performance.

3-0 out of 5 stars Setting up the WRE54G - caution!
This device works great, now.But it took 4 hours, mostly on the telephone with tech support in India and the Phillipines to figure it out.The problem enters into the equation when you enable WEP encryption, since the online knowledge base and the installation CD do not tell you how to properly make it work.So here's what I suggest:

#1Make sure you have downloaded the latest firmware for your router and the range expander.

#2If you have ANY problems after step one, ask to speak with senior level technical support right away.The front line tech support people aren't properly trained, and the installation software won't get the job done.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Product
I have to admit that I was hesitant to buy this booster because of all the trouble everyone was having. I bought it anyway based on the success of some of the reviewers and their instructions to others to get it to work.

I pretty much followed their instructions to get this device to work but was not successful.So I let it sit unused for a couple of days deciding whether to send it back to amazon or eat the loss.I decided to try one more time.Since I never used the setup wizard cd that came with it I decided to give that a try.

Well what do you know?Apparently Linksys or Cisco has finally got it together with this device.

Heeding the advise of others to disable wep encrytion before starting, I disable the wpa encryption that my router wrt54gs is configured for.

Popped in the setup cd and followed the instructions and voila everything worked flawlessly, the way linksys products have done in the past.

Once I got both blue l.e.d.s I connected to the wre54g thru its network jack using the default ip and password and enabled wpa encryption first. I then re-enabled wpa on my wrt54gs, and on my wireless laptop and its working like a charm.

The label on the bottom has wre54g v2 as the model.It came with firmware version 2.01.10 already installed.

My wrt54gs had firmware version 3.37.1 in it, but I downloaded and installed v3.37.6 without a hitch before I started setting up the wre54g.

I'm giving it a 4 star rating and not a 5 star because I could never get the wre54g to setup by just using the automatic setup button found on its housing. ... Read more


17. Linksys WPS54GU2 Wireless-G Print Server for USB 2.0
by Linksys
list price: $235.00
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0000E658Q
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 866
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Wireless-G PrintServer for USB 2.0, 802.11g ... Read more

Features

  • Easy installation with Setup Wizard
  • Share up to two printers with everyone on your network -- works with most parallel and USB (1.1 or 2.0) printers
  • Connects your printers directly to the network by 10/100 wired Ethernet or 54Mbps Wireless-G (802.11g)
  • No need to dedicate a PC to print server chores
  • Remotely administered through your web browser, SNMP, or the included utility

Reviews (108)

1-0 out of 5 stars Never worked.
This printserver was touted on the box as being compatible with any printer (mine's only a single-function Brother), but it never worked with mine.I followed the directions exactly, but still nothing.So much for ease of use.I ended up buying a different printserver and everything worked great the first time.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointment - Wireless Print Server and Cisco Support
Well, after 3 tech support calls and many hard reboots and hard wired connections, this wireless pig does not get past the first install window.My last call with yazzi in india left me with a "he'll call back" after many attempts to communicate and fix the problem.Yazzi could not understand me and I certainly could not understand him.

This pig is going back and fast.I just can't wait until I get to hassle with Amazon about the return authorization.This better work smoothly or this will be the last on line product I buy.I bet I will speak to an amazon person named Yuzzi.

1-0 out of 5 stars Can't make it work, manual sucks
I just spent a depressing 2.5 hours trying to get a friend's computer and printer to work using this print server.What a mess and failed in the end.

This setup has been working for 3 months.Suddenly the computer gives a "Cannot Connect".It isn't the print server and it isn't the WI-Fi board.

System Configuration:Two computers, one on a router, one using a PCI Wi-Fi board, one print server and one printer. All WI-Fi components are Linksys. Cable Modem.The computer connected to the router prints fine (= printer, print server, and Wi-Fi work).The one with the PCI card accesses the internet fine (= Wi-Fi board and router "talk").This same one can't connect to the printer like it used to.The printer is there but the test page doesn't print and a "Cannot Connect" error is reported.

The manual on CD sucks.If you follow it precisely, you cannot make the thing work because it tells you to "cancel" before you finish.Trouble shooting just takes you to XP printer trouble shooting which is for connected printers.

How could a responsible company put something out like this?

1-0 out of 5 stars Incompatable with many newer printers
The linksys device looks good, but it doesn't support multi-function printers.The only way to use the print server with an all-in-one printer, is to disable the copy, scan, fax capabilities.Sort of defeats the purpose.Linksys did say that they'll update the driver eventually, since 80% of printers are now multi-function, but they had no idea when.

3-0 out of 5 stars NO WPA ENCRYPTION - only WEP
The unit worked well but was a bit difficult to get setup.I needed to call Linksys and they walked me through the setup.I have better than average networking knowledge but that didn't help me install this on my own.Once setup however, it worked very well but in the end, I decided to return it because of poor security.The print server does not support strong WPA encryption.It only supports weaker WEP encryption.Linksys said they do not have a time table to upgrade the firmware of this unit so I decided to return it.No sense in taking chances with your personal data. ... Read more


18. Motorola Surfboard SB5100 Cable Modem
by Motorola
list price: $149.99
our price: $67.44
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Asin: B00008Y1BX
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Motorola
Sales Rank: 444
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

SB5100 SURFboard DOCSIS 2.0 Cable Modem ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with Windows 95, 98, 2000, Me, NT, XP, Mac OS, Linux, and UNIX
  • DOCSIS 1.1 and 2.0 Certified
  • Integrated A-TDMA and S-CDMA technology--capable of providing up to 30 Mbps upstream data rate
  • USB and Ethernet connectivity
  • Front panel status LEDs and built-in HTML-based diagnostics for quick and easy troubleshooting

Reviews (64)

1-0 out of 5 stars be warned
Comcast came out to fix a problem back in December and didn't like my old 3 com? cable modem so they put 1 of these surfboard sb5100 cable modems in line. After having problems for an hour getting it to set up they finally left me with a working modem and I was happy, for a week or so anyway, then my connection was in and out and eventually went out completely in early January. We went through everything and determined the cable modem that they made me replace my old one with was bad so they gave me another one. That worked fine until about a week ago, say about May 12 and then my internet slowed way way down. Tests showed horrible results about 178 KB connections so I called comcast to see if the problem was on their end after making sure it wasn't my router, wouldn't you know, another cable modem gone, we reset it per comcast's request and it never worked again. Unfortunately, they gave us another of the same model which again gave me a major headache to register. It seems faster than the other 2 but I hope it lasts longer or I'll buy my own and you can bet it won't have motorola written on it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Speed, Baby Speed.
First Impression
by w0kie, May 17 '05

What a difference a day makes, twenty four little hours. Actually what a difference the Motorola SURFBoard SB5100 makes. Two to four little minutes to install and surf.

Here's the deal. My very old original rental modem RCA DCD105, then later purchased for a couple of hundred dollars has lately been having big time trouble staying on-line with Cox. My setup is my RCA cable modem feeds Internet to a linky which in turn feeds Internet to a couple of home PCs. Cox said their were no outages each time the RCA DCD105 lost it. I quickly did some research at http://www.broadbandreports.com/ and found that the Motorola SURFboard is a very popular cable modem. Then I researched the usual Internet sites for SB5100 reviews. Nearly all SB5100 reviews were good. Fortunately for me the SB5100 is on the Cox acceptable list. A big box store nearby had them in stock with a $20 mail-in-rebate. Don't you hate those mail in rebates. Oh well, they are better than no rebate or waiting for some time for the UPS truck to arrive.

Installation went like this. First I ran some speed tests with my old modem at http://www.easytel.com/speed/ The 50 K tests with the RCA ran 1.0, 1.1 and 1.1. The 100K tests with the RCA ran 1.4, 2.3 and 2.6. The 500K tests with the RCA ran 2.3, 2.7, 2.3. I then got Cox on the line and gave them the new customer S/N and HFC MAC ID. The Cox rep. told me that she would wait while I hooked up the SB5100. No problemo. I just hooked the new Motorola power cord with the inline brick. moved the linky CAT5 cable from the old modem to the new modem and finally hooked up the Cox cable coax. It took about 1 minute for the SB5100 to link up with headquarters. The Cox rep. thought I would have to reboot my computer but that wasn't necessary because the linky recognized the SB5100 immediately.

Now for the big first impression test. Back to http://www.easytel.com/speed/ - Hold on to your hats boys and girls. My 50K tests: 3.2, 3.3 and 3.2. My 100K tests: 3.9, 3.9 and 3.9. My 500K tests: 4.0, 4.0 and 3.7. This is on a standard plain vanilla cable modem subscription. During the call to Cox I did beg for some free speed but the rep. said she could lose her job if she gave that away. Well I'll never know if the rep. gave me more speed or the rep. didn't but I do know for a fact that I'm really happy with this speedy little black SB5100. If this baby will stay on line solidly for the next few days I'll be satisfied that it won't be necessary to call for service with the potential risk of a very big COX service call bill.

The orange Motorola cable box has the motto of "Always On, Always Connected." Well I'll soon find out if this is true.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works
What else can I say, I replaced a dead Toshiba with this modem and it worked fine out of the box. Probably took longer to go through the ISPs swap procedure than to install this device. So fra, so good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Quick and easy
Ordered the Moto to replace my 3 year old Toshiba that I bought from Cox (my cable provider).All I had to do was call Cox, give them the serial and MAC numbers they need, disconnect the Toshiba and connect the Motorola.I was in business in 5 minutes, tops.I am defintely NOT a computer guru, but it was as easy as a cheerleader at the drive-in.As I use a wireless gateway, and not a USB connection, I didn't even need to look at the enclosed CD. The only way it could have been easier would be if Motorola came and hooked it up themselves.Thumbs up!

4-0 out of 5 stars Wipeout
1st one i recieved didn't work. At least amazon took it back, so this should really be a review of the return process, which was stunningly prompt (i had the replacement unit within 24 hours). If you're in a hurry to get back online, my suggestion - given the number of first time failures listed - would be, seriously, order two, return one. ... Read more


19. NETGEAR WG111 Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter (54 Mbps)
by Netgear
list price: $72.00
our price: $44.99
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Asin: B0001LS0ZU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 602
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

54Mbps Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter, 802.11b, g ... Read more

Features

  • Quick and easy setup with Smart Wizard install assistant
  • Fast 54 Mbps speeds for your desktop or notebook PC; up to 5x faster than 802.11b
  • Experience improved range above most W-Fi networks
  • Plug intoexternal USB slot for wireless connectivity at home, the office, or away
  • Compatible with existing 802.11b and 802.11g networks

Reviews (14)

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm impressed!
I love this little gadget.It works great on windows and it even works well on linux using ndiswrapper!My unit is a WG111 version 2 and I'm guessing the unhappy reviewers own the version 1?Did I mention it even works on linux? :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Works Great with my Tivo Series 2
I bought the Netgear USB wireless G adapter to enable me to network my Tivo Series 2 and take advantage of its home media capabilities.I could not be happier with the Netgear's performance.Once my Tivo had downloaded new firmware (its software version 7 is required), I simply plugged the Netgear into the USB slot.Boo-bam, worked like a charm.No configuring, no dropped signals.Good throughput.I am using a Belkin Pre-N wireless router.I was a little leery of USB wireless adapters, but the Netgear worked perfectly with no configuration.

5-0 out of 5 stars Super simple!
Purchased my first wireless adapter to use with MSN TV2 unit.Read the reviews & ordered with some hesitation, as this was my first attempt at wi-fi.
Much to my joy, it worked without hesitation.I did make sure, however, that I matched the Netgear brand to my wi-fi router.I connected it, gave it a minute or so (just in case), turned on the MSNTV2 & it worked flawlessly!Right now, it's operating in the next room, but have no doubt it will have range through the whole house.
Thanks to Netgear!

2-0 out of 5 stars -
This product gave me no trouble in Windows XP SP1 or SP2. I also got it up and running on Windows 98. However, whenever I try to use it on a Windows 98V1, it will work with everyting except the internet. This is very annoying, and this is the computer we bought it for. The Netgear help desk hasn't helped either.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money!
Although I am very happy with the other NetGear products I own I have to say that this adapter is a waste of money. It's easy to set up (I'm running Windows 2000) and starts working at first, but after less than a half hour, it flickers out and stops working entirely.

I have a NetGear router and laptops using NetGear PCI wireless cards which work well, but this product is a dog. I second one of the earlier reviewers who mentioned how hot the item gets after a short time in use. My guess is that it has a design flaw that causes it to overheat and stop working. They should really go back to the drawing board on this one. ... Read more


20. D-Link DI-624 Wireless Cable/DSL Router, 4-Port Switch, 802.11g, 108Mbps
by D-Link
list price: $89.99
our price: $59.99
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Asin: B00007LTBA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: D-Link
Sales Rank: 219
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The D-Link Xtreme G 802.11g Ultra High-Speed Wireless Router has a transfer speed of up to 108Mbps at 2.4GHz, and the advance filter function allows the user to predefine the filter to block any unwanted Web sites. Features enhanced firewall security as the Network Address Translation allows you to share a single IP address and protects your private network against outside intruders. ... Read more

Features

  • Increased Security with 802.1X and WPA
  • Features robust security to protect the wireless network from intruders
  • Up to 108 Mbps with AirPlus Xtreme G products
  • Advanced Firewall and parental control
  • Backwards compatible with all 802.11b and 802.11g products

Reviews (288)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product
What a breeze!!!!Great product, step-up and installation gave me no problem at all. I highly recommend this product...

4-0 out of 5 stars Rock Solid Router XtremeG 108Mbps.
Ok, let me first start off with what the router DOESN'T do. It doesn't reboot spontaneously, nor does it drop my WAN connection. This router is replacing my old DI-614+, wireless b router.I have the rev_C router with a single antenna, using firmware 2.50.I have a wireless Tivo, 2 wireless laptops (one using b, another using XtremeG 108Mbps), and 3 hardwired workstations.I did have an issue while transmitting larger files via wireless, all other connections would get little to no bandwidth on the WAN port.I just changed the preamble from short to long and presto, back to normal. Now, about this 108Mbps, guess what... you will never get 108Mbps for a sustained amount of time.You might get a single packet in a million that might travel at that speed. Regardless, the g protocol is more than enough to play games and transmit Tivo movies.
Why did I give it only 4 stars... Well, my wireless issue took me a while to figure out and D-Link's tech support was no help. So, I have to take the 5th star away. I am a D-Link fan, but this is an unbiased posting.
Now about the router feature, it has a very easy to use Firewall interface, and same goes with the wireless settings.You can navigate easily and the parental controls are pefect for me since I have a 12yr old.I can limit his Internet access via his MAC address by setting the times to allow.This rev_C has a cable testing feature, not really all that necessary, but still handy for those who make their own cables.Firmware 2.50 does not support Xbox live from what I read, but I haven't tested.If you get this, you will not be disappointed.If you are one of those people who are getting the WAN reboot issue, change your WAN port to 10Mbps.That will resolve many of the problems.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Top of the Line Wireless Router - Highly Recommended!
This router seems to stick it's head everywhere I've been. Friends houses, small businesses, parents house, all over the Internet, etc. I keep hearing this name mentioned or talked about in a forum somewhere. It's kind of creepy. Anyhow, after seeing the way this product performs at other people's houses/businesses I decided to get one for myself.

I was smiling when I found out it actually does a good job of being a firewall, a wireless access point, a 4 port switch, and even some parental control features for the Internet. Very nice features this thing packs inside it's box. Heck even the power cord is color coded so that you know blue goes with blue. Very NICE!

Overall I'd have to say this router is a pleasure to work with. Easy to configure, simple in it's setup, yet has many features you can get "hardcore" with. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a good router/firewall/wireless access point with more options than normal.

5-0 out of 5 stars SURPRISE! It Works!
I don't see why D-Link could keep selling all of these (on of their most popular products from what I hear) and have them all not working. I see so many complaints, but I can't say I sympathize with any of them. My 624 router works great, and always has.

I basically followed the instructions when setting it up, and even opened some ports so my son and I can play some online games while stil being protected. The wireless works great and is fast enough for gaming with my laptop.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Well Priced and Feature Rich Wireless Router
I've had this router for about 4 months now and it has never caused me problems. I've had my Internet connection go out, maybe 3-4 times in the past 4 months from what I can remember, and the only thing I had to do to restart it was unplug my cable modem and plug it back in again. Very simple, and obviously not the router's fault.

Anyhow the features this wireless router has is well enough for most anyone looking for a fast, secure, and easy to use router/firewall/accesspoint. You can even have a URL filter and filter out certain sites at a router level. Very useful for advertisement sites. ... Read more


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