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any suggestions of what specs I should look for?

My house is kind of big, not super big but big, It's shaped like an L and the router will be located where the two lines meet.....basically halfway...
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So what do you want to find out?
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So what do you want to find out?
any suggestions of what specs I should look for?
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In a router or in a house?
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In a router or in a house?
in a router of course.....
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802.11b for maximum 11Mbps bandwidth - fine for web/email
802.11g for maximum 54Mbps - better for big file transfers and downloads
a built-in firewall could be useful
also you need to check if it's just a router or a modem/router
compatibility should be fine
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802.11b for maximum 11Mbps bandwidth - fine for web/email
802.11g for maximum 54Mbps - better for big file transfers and downloads
a built-in firewall could be useful
also you need to check if it's just a router or a modem/router
compatibility should be fine
I have a cable modem......so what's the diffence between a router and a modem/router?
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and yeah I will want one for large file transfers......
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I have a cable modem......so what's the diffence between a router and a modem/router?
modem/routers have the modem built-in. most commonly for DSL - for
people (like me) who upgrade dial-up lines to broadband.
other routers use an external modem (and sometimes have provision for a backup connection, e.g. a dial-up for when the main connection is down).

As regards the wireless connection, it depends on how far you need it to cov er, and if there's much metalwork, etc. that might screen the signal - might need an external aerial to (a) provide better gain, and (b) to allow it to be positioned for best results, especially when you're limited as to where to put the router (i.e. close to the modem/phone point).

The other concern with wireless networks is the security - make sure it can do at least 128-bit encryption, and preferably with a built-in SPI & NAT firewall. If you're going to use several PCs (or MACs) and aren't using a server, DHCP will be useful as well.

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modem/routers have the modem built-in. most commonly for DSL - for
people (like me) who upgrade dial-up lines to broadband.
other routers use an external modem (and sometimes have provision for a backup connection, e.g. a dial-up for when the main connection is down).

As regards the wireless connection, it depends on how far you need it to cov er, and if there's much metalwork, etc. that might screen the signal - might need an external aerial to (a) provide better gain, and (b) to allow it to be positioned for best results, especially when you're limited as to where to put the router (i.e. close to the modem/phone point).

The other concern with wireless networks is the security - make sure it can do at least 128-bit encryption, and preferably with a built-in SPI & NAT firewall. If you're going to use several PCs (or MACs) and aren't using a server, DHCP will be useful as well.
ah, thanks for the info......
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ah, thanks for the info......
You can also ensure yourself to use encryption. Cause otherwise you're network will be open for everyone with a computer and a wireless card around you.
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well when I finally buy one I will definitely be calling on y'all for some help!
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which brand r u going for??
Linksys??d-link???netgear???
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I use linksys, it was easy to set up. I had to open ports for some of my programs because the router was blocking them.

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which brand r u going for??
Linksys??d-link???netgear???
is there a bid difference in quality of those companies?

basically I'm going for "what's on sale when I have the money" brand.
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