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Give me cheap wifi, or give me death!

ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
I need to get a wifi router for temporary use (moved for less than a year, forgot my router, really can't get it shipped). I'll be using is only for internet browsing and printing, no gaming.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2052810145%204093&name=%2410%20-%20%2425
Are either of those better or worse for me to get?

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  • chasmchasm Ill-tempered Texan Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I'd grab one of the refurb Netgears.

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  • wunderbarwunderbar What Have I Done? Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I'd personally grab the $25 dlink.

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  • ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    But whhhhhhhhhy

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  • EgoEgo Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I'd buy... none of them.

    Offhand, the DIR-615 (dlink) is pretty good right now on the 'cheap' end of routers. Go much cheaper and you end up with stuff that drops wifi intermittently / has issues with other routers causing interference.

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  • Dark ShroudDark Shroud Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    From your list I would suggest the D-Link.

    Something to consider:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833156242

    This can be flashed with D-Link or Linux firmware.

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  • HranjHranj Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Try and go to a flea market or a community yard sale this weekend. Last week I was able to pick up two Linksys WRT54G's for $10 ea. Throw DD-WRT on there and you have the best router you can get IMO. Just make sure its not a V.5 or V.6 those are a pain to get working with DD-WRT

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  • TL DRTL DR Not at all confident in his reflexive opinions of thingsRegistered User regular
    edited May 2009
    DD-WRT adds some nifty features but it is not a magic spell that you can cast to buff your Aged Router of Intermittent Connectivity into the obelisk from 2001: a space odyssey.

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  • VistiVisti Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    DD-WRT adds some nifty features but it is not a magic spell that you can cast to buff your Aged Router of Intermittent Connectivity into the obelisk from 2001: a space odyssey.

    I can't speak for others, but I've only found an improvement in stability when switching to DD-WRT and that's mainly why I keep it.

    Those are some strange choices there, Improvolone.. I would probably look for one of the DIRs or the WRT54gs used - I have a WRT54g2 that I would recommend if you're not going to use it for gaming.

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  • ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Well, I chose those because they came up as the cheapest on Newegg.

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  • EgoEgo Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    DD-WRT adds some nifty features but it is not a magic spell that you can cast to buff your Aged Router of Intermittent Connectivity into the obelisk from 2001: a space odyssey.

    Routers are all dirt cheap as far as hardware. Basically the only difference is what software tells them how to work, and how well that software manages to do it's job.

    So I really have to disagree with you. DD-WRT is some slick shit and basically does turn crappy routers into amazing ones. Granted, I've never watched one spark the fire of sentience in a primate --but I have no primates on hand with which to test the router vs obelisk matchup.

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  • VistiVisti Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I concur. Get some dd-wrtable shiz for dirt cheap and sex it up. I hear good things about tomato too, but it's less supported.

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  • ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Custom firmware? I'm all over that shit.

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