After my old (not too old – two years?) Linksys router up and died on me for no reason I had to swap back to my backup Buffalo 802.11g. It’s a fair unit but once you get used to 802.11n speeds it is a noticeable lag to go back. Plus. the 802.11g routers don’t seem to have the range of the 802.11n and I was clearly on the edge of my network in several places around the house.
Loyal readers may note that I had a Linksys router die on me in 2004, to be replaced by the now “backup” Buffalo. Some things never change!
I went looking for a new router and hit eBay. I had three criteria:
2) Some antennas for better range
eBay delivered with a “new in box” D- LINK DIR-615 which I picked up for $40. It has antennas, it has 802.11n.
The set up was pretty easy, although there were all sorts of warning stickers to run the CD first. I use this router to connect to my cable modem, of course, but there is no PC attached to it, so I heeded the ominous warnings by taking a notebook, connecting it with ethernet to the rig behind the TV, and then running the CD from there. Windows 7 also has a slick router set up and when a new one is detected you simply enter a PIN on the router and it configures it for you. Neat.