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    First time wireless router buyer - reccomendations ?

    Hey, I'm about to purchase a new laptop from Dell which has this network card :

    Intel® Pro Wireless 3945 802.11a/b/g Mini PCI Wireless LAN Card for Core 2 Duo Processors

    Anywho, I'm looking for a wireless router so that i can use it anywhere around the house. Looking for reliability, ease of use, and security(wpa, wep, mac filtering etc)

    My budget is around £70 tops
    I have very limited knowledge for networking stuff so if you could gimme the 101 that'd be great. Which brands / models to go for etc

    If it makes any difference I'm currently on 4MB broadband with Telewest Blueyonder

    Whats the difference between a wireless router, and a wireless access point ?

    Mayan

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    Get the linksys WRT54GS

    its around £40 from PCWorld!

    http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/product/seo/852034

    just flash the firmware... its around on these forums how to do it or a link to it

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    Buffalo AirStation WHR-HP-G54

    Amazing range, and connects well with Macs also incase you ever have one in the house.

    Also flashable with DD-WRT if you like that kind of thing

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    An access point is bassically just a wireless hub and allows you to connect several wireless devices together...

    A router would be best for you (and these days they are not much more expensive) - A router accepts an incoming internet connection and basically provides a gateway to it, this will mean you have an 'always on' broadband connection no matter what PC's are on...

    Routers are fairly easy to set up and most come with a firewall and ethernet switch built in - I'm also using the Linksys WRT54GS model and as above it's very reliable.

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    I have a rock-solid 3Com OfficeConnect ADSL/Wireless/4-port switch one.

    I love it and you should be able to get it for about £50.
    I blogged about it a while ago:
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    Thanks

    remember im on cable though ! so i don't think an adsl router will work =|

    at the moment im leaning towards one of the linksys routers like one reccomended above

    linksys WRT54GSUK
    http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/sto...m=1&sku=250537

    looks like it should suit my needs,

    thanks guys

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