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    Which new wireless router and wireless adapter?

    I am looking to upgrade my current wireless network.
    At the moment I am using Orange broadband, but the service is so diabolical, that I have decided to switch to Global Internet provider instead.
    All the Orange broadband rubbish equipment is going back; therefore I need someone to help me out with choosing new wireless router and wireless adapter.

    I live in a quite modern bigish house and I need to have the wireless router (connected to a desktop) downstairs and two wireless adapters (connected to 2 desktops) upstairs. Only the ceiling separates the upstairs and downstairs (main constituent being bricks).

    I have looked around and found out that people give positive reviews towards the Netgear Rangemax hardware. But on the other hand there are many complaints to do with the wireless adapter for this router. Apparently it is pretty poor.

    I am really stuck now and I do not know what router and adapters I should go for.

    Can somebody please help me out?

    Many thanks

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    The Linksys/Cisco wrt300n is doing well
    Also DLinks 4300 and 655 models.
    I've also had good luck with Belkins products, including their wireless adapters...however most of the wireless setups I do are for laptops, so they have the built in wireless NICs..usually Intels Centrino chipsets.

    I'm actually not fond of Netgears products for the past several years...
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    Some people have recommended this:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/produ...uct_uid=109521

    What do you think?

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    fti, any wifi adapter will work with any wifi router, the router & adapter need not be the same brand.
    No one has any right to force data on you
    and command you to believe it or else.
    If it is not true for you, it isn't true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john114 View Post
    Some people have recommended this:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/produ...uct_uid=109521

    What do you think?
    They are a good brand.

    From my experience....getting gear that is "WiFi Certified"...(there's a specific logo to look for)...brings along better success when mixing brands.
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    Is there any point in going for MIMO or N ranges?

    Do they really offer that much faster wireless speeds and bigger range?

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    Quote Originally Posted by john114 View Post
    Is there any point in going for MIMO or N ranges?

    Do they really offer that much faster wireless speeds and bigger range?
    The increase in range is fantastic yes...for the past 2 years..the majority of my wireless installs have been MIMO/Pre-N/Draft-N. The benefits of the increase in range are simply too much to pass up on. The only few new wireless installs that have remained G..have been enterprise grade..because the gear is still G in that class.

    Speed increases...yes they can be there if you purchase matching NICs...but for me, most of my setups are for laptops, hence Centrino G clients...but going with new routers/APs..the increase in range is well worth it. I dont' want to be annoyed by clients calling and whining.."I can't get reception down at the last room, or upstairs, or blah blah blah".

    For home, and SOHO (small offices)...I see no reason to go with old G.
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    Which manufacture makes the best router and adapters you think at a reasonble price (for MIMO/Pre-N/Draft-N)?

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    For "home use"..see my first reply.
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