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Setting up a home wireless network

Posted by: Phil G.      10 Jan 2011 @ 17:37
Setting up a home wireless network

I am looking to set up a home wireless network for the first time (yes, I admit to being a complete virgin at this) having recently bought an iMac. My old computer, 8 years old now is an Advent 3214 running on Windows XP. I also have an iPod 4Gen that I would like to connect to the internet. I don't have any Xbox, PS3, Wii or printer etc to connect wirelessly, I just want my new iMac, old Advent Pc and
iPod to connect wirelessly in different rooms. The area to cover should be no more than 20-25metres and is all on the same level.
I have been told that a good wireless router is one called a TP-Link TD-W8950ND. Has anyone got any experience of one of these or can recommend a solid, reliable wireless router?
Many thanks for any info supplied.

Reply by: Sandy M. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Maidenhead, SL6      10 Jan 2011 @ 17:43
RE: Setting up a home wireless network

Personally, I always recommend Netgear routers for my customers - they are the market leader, are easy to set up and to use, and have a good reliability record. I believe the DGN-2000 would do the job you describe.

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Reply by: Philip G.      10 Jan 2011 @ 19:23
RE: Setting up a home wireless network

Thank you for the info on the DGN 2000. I will have a look into that one.
Thank you.

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Reply by: Jon S. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Morecambe, LA3      10 Jan 2011 @ 22:33
RE: Setting up a home wireless network

I like TPlink gear
I've installed close on 100 of their routers ove the last three years or so, and only had three fail - all due to lightening strikes
In contrast, I've seen a lot of failed Netgear routers over the years. They seem to die quite easily due to overheating issues. I now won't touch their stuff.

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Reply by: Jon S. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Morecambe, LA3      10 Jan 2011 @ 22:52
RE: Setting up a home wireless network

checking that a bit further, the router you've selected is only an N-lite 150mb/s device.
You may as well spend another £10 or so and get a £300mb/s item. You can see options on the TPLink website
Either the TD-W8960N, TD-W9861ND or TD-W300KIT should do what you want

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Reply by: Phil G.      11 Jan 2011 @ 00:29
RE: Setting up a home wireless network

I have read a lot of reviews tonight on the TP Link router and the positive views far outstrip the negative comments. There was some negative criticism of Netgear as well as Belkin (which I had marked sometime last year as the router I would get, but as the time is getting closer to actually taking the plunge and purchasing one the TP has tipped the scales in its favour, and as you quite rightly point out, for the sake of 10 quid it makes much more sense to get the 300Mb/s version. The TD-W8960N is the model I am looking to get though I will still do some research on various routers before actually buying one but I know I will almost certainly end up with the above model.
Thanks for all the info.

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Reply by: Phil G.      11 Jan 2011 @ 00:30
RE: Setting up a home wireless network

I have read a lot of reviews tonight on the TP Link router and the positive views far outstrip the negative comments. There was some negative criticism of Netgear as well as Belkin (which I had marked sometime last year as the router I would get, but as the time is getting closer to actually taking the plunge and purchasing one the TP has tipped the scales in its favour, and as you quite rightly point out, for the sake of 10 quid it makes much more sense to get the 300Mb/s version. The TD-W8960N is the model I am looking to get though I will still do some research on various routers before actually buying one but I know I will almost certainly end up with the above model.
Thanks for all the info.

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Reply by: Jon S. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Morecambe, LA3      11 Jan 2011 @ 00:39
RE: Setting up a home wireless network

Phil
I find the Netgear ones to be bad, but but the Belkin ones are awful. The black "upright" ones with two ariels (Not sure of the model) especially seem to have a problem of losing their ability to resolve DNS addresses

As to which of the three TP-Link ones - it'll be a case of whatever is available when you come to buy it. These kind of things are subject to constant revision and upgrading and you may find that by the time you come to buy only certain models of the range are actually available - or may even have been superceded by a newer model

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Reply by: Philip G.      11 Jan 2011 @ 01:02
RE: Setting up a home wireless network

Jon,
Someone else told me a few weeks ago to steer well clear of the Belkin models. For the money, the TP Link routers seem to be really good value for their prices. I know that you only get what you pay for but judging from some reports I have read the TP Link (although not a very well known brand at present) is an up and coming manufacturer and are selling very well in the EU. Time will tell of course but the vast majority of reviewers all seem to give these products 2 thumbs up and are more than satisfied with their purchase.
At the end of the day all I want is a solid performer that will hook up a couple of computers and a hand held device.
Thanks.

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Reply by: Alan B. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Cambridge, CB22      11 Jan 2011 @ 08:24
RE: Setting up a home wireless network

In my experience Netgear routers are more reliable than those of other major manufacturers such as Belkin, Dlink or Linksys but I only see a few faulty/failed routers a year so the statistics behind this observation cannot be very good. Since these are all major manufacturers you are bound to read some bad reports from dissatisfied customers. On the other hand I have never even seen a TPLink router.

Most ISPs will give you a free wireless router if you renew your contract for a further 12/18 months but that would be one of their choosing.

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Reply by: Jon S. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Morecambe, LA3      11 Jan 2011 @ 09:46
RE: Setting up a home wireless network

Alan
TPLink have only had a market presence in the UK in the last two or three years. Before that small quantities of their products were brought in by private importers. They've only really started shipping in volumes in the last 18 months
One of the problems was that the likes of Netgear and Belkin had stitched up the large-scale importers / wholesalers - blocking TPlink from accessing the market. They've now got their own UK office and supplies seem to be better.
They are cheap for what you get - but then there's no marketing overhead and their distribution model seems to have avoided the high-overhead megastores (who stick to Belkin & Netgear...)
I get mine from this wholesaler in Preston but they'll be available elsewhere as well

(PS - don't be fooled by that product list - its not up to date)

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Reply by: Jon S. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Morecambe, LA3      24 Jan 2011 @ 21:02
RE: Setting up a home wireless network

TP-Link have just done a distribution deal with - Dabs and the pricing intention would seem to be to knock the bottom out of the market

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