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William Andersen
03-21-08, 11:21 PM
I've been using a ZyXel P-330W for ?: a couple of years or so.
I recently got a freebie Linksys BEFW11S4 that I plan to use in our second
home this Summer.
I tried comparing the specs and didn't see any difference, but I don't
understand the real geeky stuff.
Is there any real difference between these two routers?

CamachoMan
03-22-08, 08:38 AM
"William Andersen" <wgander@cox.net> wrote in message
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> I've been using a ZyXel P-330W for ?: a couple of years or so.
> I recently got a freebie Linksys BEFW11S4 that I plan to use in our second
> home this Summer.
> I tried comparing the specs and didn't see any difference, but I don't
> understand the real geeky stuff.
> Is there any real difference between these two routers?

Have you looked at the specs on their web sites?


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Bill Kearney
03-22-08, 08:55 AM
> I recently got a freebie Linksys BEFW11S4

It's a piece of ****, get rid of it. That and it's only 802.11b, the much
slower data rate.

William Andersen
03-22-08, 11:32 AM
Yes.

"CamachoMan" <usa@yourface.com> wrote in message
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>
> "William Andersen" <wgander@cox.net> wrote in message
> news:ZO%Ej.7722$6J3.1633@newsfe13.phx...
>> I've been using a ZyXel P-330W for ?: a couple of years or so.
>> I recently got a freebie Linksys BEFW11S4 that I plan to use in our
>> second home this Summer.
>> I tried comparing the specs and didn't see any difference, but I don't
>> understand the real geeky stuff.
>> Is there any real difference between these two routers?
>
> Have you looked at the specs on their web sites?
>
>
> --
> CamachoMan
> Relax, have a cigar...
>
> The reason congressmen try so hard to get re-elected is that
> they would hate to have to make a living under the laws
> they've passed...
>

pen
03-22-08, 12:35 PM
William Andersen wrote:
> Yes.
>
> "CamachoMan" <usa@yourface.com> wrote in message
> news:NZ7Fj.377$VK4.94@trnddc08...
>> "William Andersen" <wgander@cox.net> wrote in message
>> news:ZO%Ej.7722$6J3.1633@newsfe13.phx...
>>> I've been using a ZyXel P-330W for ?: a couple of years or so.
>>> I recently got a freebie Linksys BEFW11S4 that I plan to use in our
>>> second home this Summer.
>>> I tried comparing the specs and didn't see any difference, but I don't
>>> understand the real geeky stuff.
>>> Is there any real difference between these two routers?
>> Have you looked at the specs on their web sites?
>>
>>
>> --
>> CamachoMan
>> Relax, have a cigar...
>>
>> The reason congressmen try so hard to get re-elected is that
>> they would hate to have to make a living under the laws
>> they've passed...
>>
>
>
Yes ones G and he the Linksys is B only, much slower as the web site
told you.

Eric
03-22-08, 12:48 PM
"William Andersen" <wgander@cox.net> wrote in message
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> I've been using a ZyXel P-330W for ?: a couple of years or so.
> I recently got a freebie Linksys BEFW11S4 that I plan to use in our second
> home this Summer.
> I tried comparing the specs and didn't see any difference, but I don't
> understand the real geeky stuff.
> Is there any real difference between these two routers?

Hi,

Your Linksys BEFW11S4 is an old 802.11b-only router that has a lot of known
issues. It also only supports WEP, which isn't secure.

If it weren't for all the known issues (
http://www.allaboutjake.com/network/linksys/befw11s4/ ), it isn't even worth
it to try to extend it's life by running it as only a wired router.

William Andersen
03-22-08, 05:26 PM
Thanks for the replies.
I don't know what the 11b and 11g mean but evidently b is slower...

"Eric" <none@nowhere.nnn> wrote in message
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>
> "William Andersen" <wgander@cox.net> wrote in message
> news:ZO%Ej.7722$6J3.1633@newsfe13.phx...
>> I've been using a ZyXel P-330W for ?: a couple of years or so.
>> I recently got a freebie Linksys BEFW11S4 that I plan to use in our
>> second home this Summer.
>> I tried comparing the specs and didn't see any difference, but I don't
>> understand the real geeky stuff.
>> Is there any real difference between these two routers?
>
> Hi,
>
> Your Linksys BEFW11S4 is an old 802.11b-only router that has a lot of
> known issues. It also only supports WEP, which isn't secure.
>
> If it weren't for all the known issues (
> http://www.allaboutjake.com/network/linksys/befw11s4/ ), it isn't even
> worth it to try to extend it's life by running it as only a wired router.
>
>
>

Gordon
03-23-08, 12:06 PM
Eric wrote:
> "William Andersen" <wgander@cox.net> wrote in message
> news:ZO%Ej.7722$6J3.1633@newsfe13.phx...
>> I've been using a ZyXel P-330W for ?: a couple of years or so.
>> I recently got a freebie Linksys BEFW11S4 that I plan to use in our
>> second home this Summer.
>> I tried comparing the specs and didn't see any difference, but I
>> don't understand the real geeky stuff.
>> Is there any real difference between these two routers?
>
> Hi,
>
> Your Linksys BEFW11S4 is an old 802.11b-only router that has a lot of
> known issues. It also only supports WEP, which isn't secure.

I use that router, and it also supports WPA. The router should work fine in
a second home unless the OP wants to do lots of local file transfers across
his network. For Internet use, the router should be fine.

William Andersen
03-23-08, 06:34 PM
Thanks.
I'm not a gamer, just do email and surf the web. I'll give it a try. If it's
too slow, I'll buy another.

"Gordon" <gordo432xRemove@comcast.net> wrote in message
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> Eric wrote:
>> "William Andersen" <wgander@cox.net> wrote in message
>> news:ZO%Ej.7722$6J3.1633@newsfe13.phx...
>>> I've been using a ZyXel P-330W for ?: a couple of years or so.
>>> I recently got a freebie Linksys BEFW11S4 that I plan to use in our
>>> second home this Summer.
>>> I tried comparing the specs and didn't see any difference, but I
>>> don't understand the real geeky stuff.
>>> Is there any real difference between these two routers?
>>
>> Hi,
>>
>> Your Linksys BEFW11S4 is an old 802.11b-only router that has a lot of
>> known issues. It also only supports WEP, which isn't secure.
>
> I use that router, and it also supports WPA. The router should work fine
> in a second home unless the OP wants to do lots of local file transfers
> across his network. For Internet use, the router should be fine.
>
>

William Andersen
04-27-08, 09:36 AM
Follow up: I'm at our second home and using the ancient Linksys without any
problems. I sat it on my PC desk on the second floor, it's about 10' away
from a window with a view of my shop which is 90' away. Both structures are
wood' the shop isn't insulated, I don't know about the house (it's very old
and we don't know much about the construction and updates).
I can surf the net and check email from the shop with no problems.
Set up was mostly automatic but I never saw an option for establishing a
passwrod to gain access. I'll have to set aside some time to go through the
User Guide I downloaded and figure out how to do that.


"William Andersen" <wgander@cox.net> wrote in message
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> Thanks.
> I'm not a gamer, just do email and surf the web. I'll give it a try. If
> it's too slow, I'll buy another.
>
> "Gordon" <gordo432xRemove@comcast.net> wrote in message
> news:5b6dnQ74v_O9E3vanZ2dnUVZ_j6dnZ2d@comcast.com...
>> Eric wrote:
>>> "William Andersen" <wgander@cox.net> wrote in message
>>> news:ZO%Ej.7722$6J3.1633@newsfe13.phx...
>>>> I've been using a ZyXel P-330W for ?: a couple of years or so.
>>>> I recently got a freebie Linksys BEFW11S4 that I plan to use in our
>>>> second home this Summer.
>>>> I tried comparing the specs and didn't see any difference, but I
>>>> don't understand the real geeky stuff.
>>>> Is there any real difference between these two routers?
>>>
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> Your Linksys BEFW11S4 is an old 802.11b-only router that has a lot of
>>> known issues. It also only supports WEP, which isn't secure.
>>
>> I use that router, and it also supports WPA. The router should work fine
>> in a second home unless the OP wants to do lots of local file transfers
>> across his network. For Internet use, the router should be fine.
>>
>>
>
>