Looking for a Network Router

  Ollieole 09:09 02 Feb 05

I have never set up a network before and I'm looking for a simple network router to connect 2 pcs and a laptop to share my cable modem connection and transfer files between machines. One Pc is XP and the other PC and laptop are both W98SE.

Just wondered if anyone had any recommendations as to particular Belkin / Linksys / Netgear models etc. There seems to be some adverse comments about the reliability of routers particularly reviews I have read on linksys and netgear models which mention connections dropping, having to constantly reboot and routers failing altogether after 12 months.

Any help much appreciated. Thanks

  fitshase 09:13 02 Feb 05

I'm running 2 Netgear routers (both wireless, one with a built in print server). I have not had any dropped connections yet and I have been using one of them for about 3 years now.

I would suggest reading some reviews on sites like Dabs.com and EBuyer from people who have bought them.



  billyliv 09:51 02 Feb 05

Hi, I have been usind a 'D link' DI-604 ethernet broadband router with a cable modem for some time now and have never experienced any problems. Cheers, Bill

  RealDopey 12:02 02 Feb 05

Over the past 18 months I have installed around 40 odd Netgear DG834G wireless routers with anything from 2 to 40 users. No complaints an alls well1!

  plsndrs3 12:41 02 Feb 05


I've been using a Belkin F5D5230-4 [wired] between a laptoop [Win 2K] and a desktop [WinXP] for about a year now ans never had a dropped connection.



  Ollieole 17:55 02 Feb 05

Thanks for the response guys.

Many apologies but I forgot to mention in my original post that I don't want a wireless one.

I have to say it was the Belkin 5230 I had been leaning towards. I have used a lot of Belkin stuff and always found it reliable.

Anyone know what the difference is between the 5230 and 5231?

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