New subscriber Brian Farrel wrote to ask me for a recommendation for wireless routers:
I just ran across your newsletter and subscribed.
I was reading about networking (PC magazine) and suddenly realized I should update / upgrade my wireless router. It is at least 7 years old so it must be slower than a new one.
I have a cable modem (Comcast) and although the router works, when a video is playing it always choppy and has to wait for the feed to catch up. Never thought about the router probably is very slow. Net-gear MR814V2 b.
What do you recommend or would any updated “g” router be an upgrade?
I wrote back to Brian to tell him that I’m a firm believer in Linksys, after trying a couple other brands.
Here’s my article about my recent experience upgrading to a wireless "n" router.
If it died today, I’d get another, no if’s, and’s, or but’s.
My Cisco-Linksys E3000 High-Performance Wireless-N Router
is a lot faster (not just the "n" aspect, but also the wired networking) than my older WRT54G v6, which was faster than my older WRT54G v1.1 that died a few years back.
One of the most significant things is that my iPhone wireless-networking is now rock-solid. With the WRT54G, I often had to reboot the router to get the 802.11g to connect to my iPhone (I’m using WPA2 encryption, which the iPhone supports, and a MAC filter, too).
The WRT54G often would not recognize the password from the iPhone without rebooting the router, although it didn’t have any difficulties with my notebook’s "g" connection.
Anyway, I have been very happy with my Cisco-Linksys E3000 High-Performance Wireless-N Router
, but it’s kind of expensive.
I’ve got a friend, who’s a computer guru in our local computer club, who upgraded to the lower-cost Cisco-Linksys E2000 Wireless-N Router
and is very happy with it.