that's what I got, but I really wanted 802.11n and gigabit. they're on
sale for $50 from newegg right now (until Monday) and std. shipping was
only two days
in your first link though I see they do have airlink refurbs with
wireless-n, any opinion on them? never heard of them before.
was thinking that the blue box Linksys would be good to have around as a
backup though, or maybe to hook up a wireless printer (someone mentioned
that with dd-wrt you could rearrange things internally so it could be
used as a wireless bridge)
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
I wind up working on a lot of business systems and there is a lot of
high end wireless gear you don't see on the consumer market. It can
be very expensive because much of it will be installed up in the
hot ceilings of stores so it has to withstand a great deal of abuse.
You can pick up a four or five hundred dollar router for a hundred
and fifty bucks that's a few years old and you can do things with it
you never thought about. You will see a lot of equipment like the
Airlink stuff coming from the professional suppliers and it's good
reliable gear. I buy a lot of white box, no fancy packaging, wireless
equipment from the electronic supply houses that will have features
not normally seen in consumer equipment, like the ability to interface
with medical wireless and retail inventory scanning products. The
commercial grade stuff usually has antenna jacks so different antennas
can be installed for many diverse applications. Cisco-Linksys WRT54GL
have a Linux based operating system and I grab up every one of them I
find in a dusty corner somewhere (with permission) because all sorts
of things can be done with them through the use of community developed
Linux software that's readily available. I like the external antennas
because I can install all sorts of directional and high gain antennas
to get through walls and connect over long distances. You can modify
old satellite dish antennas for use with WiFi and get some breathtaking
results for long distance communication. Some guy got 125 miles using
an old 12 foot satellite dish and consumer WiFi gear. :-)
DD-WRT and other alternate firmware (I use Tomato).
There's also "client mode" where the wireless provides a WAN connection to
the router. Also "WDS" that lets you connect several of these boxes to
increase wireless coverage.
I've used all these modes except WDS.
Two things come to mind. Bad craftsman always complain about their tool.
One gotta know what s/he is upto. Know the limit and capability of what
you have. Over the years I had some Linksys and D-link routers. Now
using Netgear WNDR3700. All of them did what I wanted.
I often find pilot error when there is a complaint about The Internet
connection. The problem is often "Battling Routers" where a customer
has connected two routers together in DHCP mode and both routers are
trying to take over. :-)
I suppose that's 2 DHCP servers on the network set to assign addresses in
the same range. Looks like I knew enough about networks (by the time I could
have 2 DHCP servers) to not do that.
BTW, why did the customer have 2 routers? Was this some kind of backup
internet connection? I have done that, but I would use just one router and
change the WAN connection manually.
I have 3 routers on one network. Each one serves a different
dedicated IP address (one for each of 2 domains for EDI and one for
the e-mail server. NONE of the routers are running DHCP as the main
primary domain server looks after that for systems that are not hard
coded to a particular IP address.
It's more like "Hey, we need to hook up some more computers, oh look,
I've got this here doohickey we can plug in and it has those little
square holes we can plug our machines into." I run a lot of calls in
retail stores (women's clothing) where I find a lot of things simply
unplugged. As much as I adore human females, they're very cruel to
computers. I have a high end work station I'm trying to resuscitate
for my friend's wife who stuffed papers and file folders all around
the computer in the compartment under her desk thereby shutting off
all cooling air to the computer. It killed it. :-(
No, she didn't know any better. I get computers from a company that
services medical offices and when a customer updates, the few year old
expensive work stations are taken back to their shop, wiped clean and
sold. The stuff isn't sold in the consumer distribution channel and
the motherboards are priced at several hundred dollars or more when
they're new. I got several of the used machines at a good price and
set up computers for my friend's wife and his older daughter. I have
one that I use. It's a P4 3ghz CPU with two hyper-threads and will
take up to 4gb memory. It has an Intel mother board with SATA CD?DVD
and 7200rpm Barracuda hard drive. The motherboard is an Intel D865PERL,
Google it and be amazed at what the damn things cost. I told them I
can get an expensive machine that's a few years old and it will run
anything they want and run it fast. :-)
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