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what is a good wireless router??? Answered

we have buckeye cable & they want $150.00(for wireless) & $44.00 a month extra.
from e-bay there are thousands of brands to chose from,how do I decide???
we have 4 computers we could hook up,but can only use one with box from cable.
any help would be great.


There are a few major brands. Linksys, Belkin, and Netgear are all widely available.  Other brands also exist and may or may not be just as good; it's just harder finding anecdotal evidence.

I've had no problem with Linksys but *have* heard erratic reports about Netgear -- IE, the opposite of Steve's report -- so I think that if you want to worry about it you should try to find someone who has done a serious industry survey rather than taking either of our words for it. I'm sure there's a website out there somewhere which summarizes such a review; go hunting.

It sounds like you may need a cable modem as well as a router. That may be one box or two; it isn't obvious which way will be more cost-effective, especially if you're looking at used equipment.

If at all possible, get a different internet provider. The $44.00 for monthly internet service is reasonable, but the $150.00 for a router is a bit high, and the restriction that you can only connect one of your computers is ludicrous.

I've never had a problem with my Linksys router, and I've used a Belkin too. I suspect that the contradictory reports about brands are largely anecdotal, and do not necessarily reflect any wide-reaching problems with all hardware from any particular brand. Currently, I have a desktop running Win7, a laptop running XP, a PS3 and a Wii all connected to the Linksys, and they all work just fine.


Never let me down - I've used them at work, home and for relatives. Rock solid product, good support.

Linksys - only two I ever bought failed, on different sites, in less than  a year.

+1. I rate netgear routers too. Easy to set up and reliable (so far... touch wood).