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Wireless routers


bumpkin

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Hi everyone, before you comment, yes I have read this months magazine. I currently have a Linksys ADSL2 Gateway wired router with four PCs sharing. This is about 4 years old and I wonder if it would be better to replace it with a newer one and switch to wireless at the same time. Looking in the mag the Asus looks like a good option but it says it does not have a modem, can someone explain what that means please. I am looking for some general advice really and would appreciate you comments.

Ray

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bumpkin

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Hi, thanks to all for the quick replies.

Fruit Bat, I connect via a phoneline, talktalk is the company that bills me but presumably the line is BT. Thanks John Bunyon, I will look up the spec on that. rdave, thanks this is very similar to the W8961ND reviewed in this months mag, it has a reasonable write up but a bit too basic, no usb ports for ex. You can get a new one for about £30.00 so worth considering. It`s the get what you pay for scenario. I want the best one in the world for nothing :) I expect I will have to comprimise.

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john bunyan

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bumpkin.I am also with talk talk and a phone line. Have a look at the Belkin Share 300.

http://www.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=509881

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john bunyan

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bumpkin

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Hi, thanks for your quick replies. Fruit Bat, I connect via BT phoneline. Thanks John Bunyon I will look up the spec on this. rdave, this is very similar to the W8961ND reviewed in this months mag, reasonable write up and goes about £30 quid, cheap but very basic the sort of thing I would buy and always wish I had got a better one.

Ray

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rdave13

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bumpkin, thanks for your reply. Never thought about USB ports.

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bumpkin

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Sorry I posted twice, my error. John Bunyan, the Belkin looks like a good buy. Excuse my ignorance on this but if this is wireless do the remote desktops, laptops require transmitters. Laugh if you wish but if not how does it work :)

Ray

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rdave13

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Desktops might need a dongle for wireless. Does this Belkin have a USB connection?

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bumpkin

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Hi rdave, not being able to access their website is a sure fire put off to me. Looking elsewhere I find it has one USB port which will do.

Ray

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bumpkin

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The reason I wanted USB ports was for printer sharing and sharing a USB back up drive. As I say I am new to this and if there is another way please tell me.

Ray

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john bunyan

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The Belkin does what you want: Specifications ?Wireless Standards with Link Rate - IEEE 802.11n (up to 300Mbps), IEEE 802.11g (up to 54Mbps), IEEE 802.11b (up to 11Mbps*) ?Wireless Operating Spectrum - 2.4 GHz Perfect for data and web traffic, and file- and picture-sharing ?Wireless Security - Pre-configured security, Wi-Fi Protected Setup™, 256bit WPA®/WPA2® encryption, 64/128 WEP encryption ?VPN Support - PPTP, IPSec pass-through ?Ports - 1x WAN, 4x LAN, 1x USB 2.0. Supports external USB hard drives formatted in Fat 16/32 and NTFS file systems. Supports USB printers

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