I've been researching a wireless router to buy, but I'm having a rather difficult time finding one. Here is what is most important for me in choosing a router:
1. Cross-platform support
I run Linux on all of my machines, but I want it to support OS X and Windows as well, in case of future roommates. I also would like to know that it is compatible with a Nintendo DS, because I am strongly considering buying one.
2. Easy setup for Linux
I don't want to have to do something crazy like modifying the kernel source and building it from scratch just to get this thing to work. I want to plug it in and only have to perhaps install a few packages/kernel modules and modify configuration files.
I have a great DSL connection that almost never drops out. I expect the same performance from my router.
Currently my desktop runs Debian sarge, my Dell Inspiron 9000 laptop is running the latest release of Ubuntu, and I've already gotten the Intel IPW2200 wireless card working on my campus network. I have done some initial research so I'll just post what I've found, and you can share your Linux experiences with these routers:
LINKSYS WRT54G IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.11b/g Wireless-G Broadband Router
I've seen these everywhere. They seem popular and reliable, but are they cross-platform and not a big headache for Linux?
SMC Barricade SMCBR14UP 10/100Mbps Broadband Router with Parallel and USB Print Server
I read on a site that this router is supported under Windows, OS X, and Linux. But is it reliable? There aren't many reviews on this one at NewEgg...
BELKIN F5D7230-4 Wireless Cable/DSL Gateway Router
I also heard that this router has multi-platform support. One review says it doesn't work with the Nintendo DS though.
D-Link DI-524 Wireless Router
This router seems pretty popular on NewEgg, and it's cheap and compact as well. I read one review that said that this product worked across Windows/OS X/Linux, so I'm highly considering this one at this point. Should I go for it?
If you have any suggested routers for me, that would be great. And as well, if you have any routers that I should absolutely stay away from, please share that information so I don't end up making a mistake. I'm almost a total neophyte with wireless technology and have never set up my own home wireless network before, so I hope I make it through this okay.
Oh one more question. How would I get my desktop machines to pick up the wireless signal? I'd need some kind of receiver accessory wouldn't I? (Would it be USB or plug directly into my ethernet port?). What wireless receivers do you recommend as well? Thanks in advance.