View Full Version : New user - wireless routerrecommendations for Mac

Mark Lanctot
2006-02-09, 21:08
--- mckenzie
<mckenzie.22ziib (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> wrote:

> I am considering buying a Squeezebox3 to use with my
> PowerMac G5 (OS X
> 10.3) - thanks to Pogue's review in today's NY
> Times, which I'm sure
> will generate plenty of sales - but first I need to
> establish a
> wireless network. (My computer is too far from my
> stereo to make a
> wired connection feasible.)
> Can people recommend specific wireless
> router/switches to use with my
> planned setup, based on personal experience using a
> Squeezebox3 with a
> Mac via wireless?
> Ideally I would like to use WPA2 encryption, but I
> will settle for WPA.
> Cost of the router is a consideration, but not an
> overriding one - I
> will gladly pay more for a superior product.
> My internet connection is Verizon DSL via an old
> Westell DSL modem,
> which looks to be "plain vanilla" - not a crippled
> router.
> I assume that an Apple Airport Extreme base station
> would do the job,
> but it seems overpriced at $200, and doesn't have
> WPA2. I can deal with
> something that is a bit fiddly to configure, as long
> as it works
> reliably.
> David

First, welcome to the club! Or should I say hello
there, won't you join us...

Now I'm not a Mac user but I'm not sure there are
routers specifically for Mac use. I mean, most of
them are configured through a standard web server. To
upgrade the firmware, you upload a .bin file. You can
do both these on a Mac.

So with that in mind, a router which works very well
with the SB3 is the Linksys WRT54GL. I am hesistant
about recommending the WRT54G (no "L") because you may
get a "de-contented" version 5. The first firmware
versions had serious problems although the later ones
are supposed to work much better. The "GL" version is
the same as the older version 4s. They are more
powerful, capable, stable and they run Linux.

2006-02-10, 01:09
Also, check out the wiki page at http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.cgi?RouterStatus in which people have commented on routers working well/ not so well...