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Old 08-16-2006, 10:48 AM   #1
lazylogic
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Looking for Router Recommendation


Hi, I am new to LinuxQuestions and understand that Linux is sometimes quite "picky" about the hardware that it works with.

I am looking for a wireless router to feed my 02 Linux computer.
The Linksys WRT54G caught my eye but was not in the HCL list

Any recommendations as to what is GOOD to buy or BAD to avoid ?


 
Old 08-16-2006, 11:20 AM   #2
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I've really liked my WRT54G. On most of the models, you can load 3rd party firmware (I use Sveasoft Alchemy) that allows you to turn that cheap router into a full featured router that would cost upwards of $800. You can crank up the power of your wireless radio to ~250mW from 25mW, use several WRT54G's to make a mesh network, etc. Be sure to get one of the older versions that support 3rd party firmware though. Check out these links to really find out more.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WRT54G
http://www.wrtrouters.com/

I do have a problem with my work laptop wifi connection though. I haven't had time to pin it down, but it connects fine to an unsecured network (or if I make my home network unsecured). Seems to struggle with my WPA-TKIP network at home and the WEP-PSK at work. Pretty sure it's a problem with my Netgear WG511 pcmcia card in the laptop though, and not with the Linksys router since it connects fine under Windows.

Edit: I think in general routers are client independent and shouldn't really care what the clients are. The real question is whether the clients can talk the right protocols...

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Old 08-16-2006, 11:52 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by lazylogic
Hi, I am new to LinuxQuestions and understand that Linux is sometimes quite "picky" about the hardware that it works with.

I am looking for a wireless router to feed my 02 Linux computer.
The Linksys WRT54G caught my eye but was not in the HCL list

Any recommendations as to what is GOOD to buy or BAD to avoid ?


Hi,

I too like the Linksys WRT54G! I have several, no setup trouble.

I've setup several for other people. No Brainer!
 
Old 08-17-2006, 05:30 AM   #4
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Yup, done!!

Thanks for the info, I've will get the Linksys WRT54G. Wish me luck
 
Old 08-17-2006, 09:26 AM   #5
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Just don't get a Belkin one. Mine works just fine with linux, but it has this blasted "ad" I guess you can call it that pops up talking about buying parental control shit for your router every so often when I'm browsing the web. VERY annoying. I'll click a link, or go to a website, and instead of that site coming up, it'll come up with some "filter.belkin" trash and some website about buying their parental control stuff or whatever, then I have to click back and then click the link again to make it work. I've had the router for like a year and I STILL can't figure out how to turn it off or get around it. If anybody knows, please tell me.
 
Old 08-18-2006, 11:28 AM   #6
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Just don't get a Belkin one. Mine works just fine with linux, but it has this blasted "ad" I guess you can call it that pops up talking about buying parental control shit for your router every so often when I'm browsing the web. VERY annoying. I'll click a link, or go to a website, and instead of that site coming up, it'll come up with some "filter.belkin" trash and some website about buying their parental control stuff or whatever, then I have to click back and then click the link again to make it work. I've had the router for like a year and I STILL can't figure out how to turn it off or get around it. If anybody knows, please tell me.
Hi,

If you use firefox then get the adblock extension!
 
  


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