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Mike Hartley
2005-03-09, 20:37
Now that the native 802.11G SB2 is out, I am going to purchase a wireless DSL router to accomodate it. The router has to have PPPOE; firewall, DMZ, and port-forwarding capability; and at least one ethernet wired connection for my main PC. I am considering a Netgear WGR614NA, but am open to other options. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Jonathan Buschmann
2005-03-10, 09:44
I have a SMC 2804WBR that I'm happy with. It has what you ask for, but
4 10/100 ports (autosensed). It also has VPN support (but haven't tried
it yet) and a dynamic DNS client. Laments: it doesn't support
simultaneous WEP/WPA (as I read in a review), and the logging is a
little lame.
jonathan

Mike Hartley waxed wise and spake thus on 03/10/2005 04:37 AM:

> Now that the native 802.11G SB2 is out, I am going to purchase a
> wireless DSL router to accomodate it. The router has to have PPPOE;
> firewall, DMZ, and port-forwarding capability; and at least one
> ethernet wired connection for my main PC. I am considering a Netgear
> WGR614NA, but am open to other options. Does anyone have any
> suggestions?
>
>
>
>

Phil Karn
2005-03-13, 02:44
Mike Hartley wrote:
> Now that the native 802.11G SB2 is out, I am going to purchase a
> wireless DSL router to accomodate it. The router has to have PPPOE;
> firewall, DMZ, and port-forwarding capability; and at least one
> ethernet wired connection for my main PC. I am considering a Netgear
> WGR614NA, but am open to other options. Does anyone have any
> suggestions?

The real workhorse is the Linksys WRT54G. We have two in our house, and
we use them both heavily with our Mac Powerbooks. It has all the
features you list, although I don't use them all.

I find it provides *much* better radio coverage than the Netgear WGR614
I had been using, probably because the Linksys has two diversity
antennas while the WGR614, like most other base stations, has only a
single antenna.

The WRT54G is a big seller in most retail outlets (there's usually a big
pallet of 'em at the local Fry's) and it is often heavily discounted
and/or sold with rebates. There's also an active hacker community
producing useful substitute firmware, though I don't have any personal
experience with any of it. The Linksys runs Linux internally, so they've
released much of their code under the GPL. I don't know that Netgear has
done this.

Phil

Michael Peters
2005-03-13, 02:57
On Sun, 13 Mar 2005 01:44:10 -0800, Phil Karn <karn (AT) ka9q (DOT) net> wrote:

>
> The WRT54G is a big seller in most retail outlets (there's usually a big
> pallet of 'em at the local Fry's) and it is often heavily discounted
> and/or sold with rebates.

You can usually tell a big sale on them is going on somewhere when
suddenly a bunch "NIB" appear on eBay. When sellers can get them new
cheaper than they go for on eBay, they will and turn around and sell
them - so when eBay gets flooded with NIB check CompUSA, BestBuy, etc.
The sellers often list before they have it in hand because if they
don't, everyone else will and they'll get in late and lose money.

http://www.edealinfo.com/DDCateg/

often has them listed in the networking section when they happen.

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Robin Bowes
2005-03-13, 13:23
Mike Hartley wrote:
> Now that the native 802.11G SB2 is out, I am going to purchase a
> wireless DSL router to accomodate it. The router has to have PPPOE;
> firewall, DMZ, and port-forwarding capability; and at least one
> ethernet wired connection for my main PC. I am considering a Netgear
> WGR614NA, but am open to other options. Does anyone have any
> suggestions?

I bought a Linksys WAG54G for my Mum - I never got the wireless
connection to work reliably.

I've since replaced it with a Netgeat DG632 and a Linksys WRT54G (with
Sveasoft firmware). Working reasonably well so far, all thought I have
had some hangs requiring a reset of the DG632.

R.
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