Time for a new Router

Our router/modem is the original one that we got when we signed up with Telefonica. It has served us well, but recently it has struggled to reboot when the Internet has gone down and right now Sands has been without the Internet since I left on Monday night as the router needs a reset and all the details inputting again – either that or it has totally given up the ghost.

I was going to get a new router/modem in Dubai, so hopefully she can get it going agin for the next couple of weeks.

I am looking for a modem/router that has a USB port for the printer (that way I can get rid of my old Airport Extreme Base Station), but we have a slight limitation in that the way we connect to the Internet is via a phone line rather an Ethernet type connection – if that makes sense.

Anyway the point of this post is to quickly ask for any suggestions etc and in particular to see what is the most popular router amongst you guys?

11 thoughts on “Time for a new Router

  1. Gary

    I have been using the Netgear DG834G 54Mbps Wireless ADSL2+ Modem Firewall Router with 4-port 10/100 switch for four years now. (Almost exactly to the day as it happens!) On my recommendation, my parents got one about three years ago. It has been the only device of this nature I have used and I have been pretty happy with it. My only real grump with it would be that it only has four ethernet ports at the back, but I have addressed that by connecting an old hub I got from work. I’m toying with getting a Time Capsule in the medium term and it would address the “missing” ports issue (with gigabit ports, no less). It would also give me faster wireless than the current box does if I ever want that.

    If I ever had to replace the basic router/modem, I’ll be looking at Netgear equipment again in the first instance. Probably at the DG834N which seems to be the current equivalent of my current box.

    Hmm… I’ve just noticed that, unlike my current box which has remarkable Customer Reviews at the Amazon page listed above, the DG834N has considerably fewer and somewhat less favourable Reviews. There’s a mix of largely the two extremes – some people love it and some hate it. There’s not a lot of middle ground. Reading some of them, I suspect that the explanation for some of the bad reviews is PEBCAK – plain and simple.

    I know that you specifically mentioned USB and I don’t think the Netgear has that. However, I seem to remember that you run one or more Macs as file/media servers. Couldn’t you simply hang your USB printer(s) off one of them using printer sharing?

  2. Chris Marshall Post author

    At the moment I have a Airport Extreme Base Station hooked up to the router/modem and run the printer through that. I can keep that configuration, but ideally I would like to get rid of the AE just to de clutter a bit.

    My friend tried to reset the current one for Sands and reckons it is broken, so may all be academic as Sands needs to get whatever is available as quickly as possible so she can get back on line …….

    I will probably still buy one so we can have a spare as seems mad that effectively our business is closed for the sake of 100€.

  3. jeremy

    I have an Airport extreme which is pretty good. It now works with time machine to the hard drive hooked up to it. I have the printer there too.

    The airport, a Belkin hub and Lacie drive all the same shape makes a tidy little stack

  4. Mac Sokulski

    Unfortunately in Canada all the isp’s give out either the adsl modem or cable modem,and if it dies it is replaced for free. So the only thing I know of are normal routers like linksys or d-link. I know I’m not much help…

  5. Chris Marshall Post author

    [quote comment=””]Unfortunately in Canada all the isp’s give out either the adsl modem or cable modem,and if it dies it is replaced for free. So the only thing I know of are normal routers like linksys or d-link. I know I’m not much help…[/quote]

    That is interesting.

    Sands bought a new router (not sure which) but the guy can’t get it working in the apartment, although it works just fine at his apartment it seems 🙁

  6. Wayne LeFevre

    Like Mac, here in the States the ISP’s usually give out the modems. For the last couple that I’ve got, they’ve been combination modem/router. I don’t particularly care for the combination, as settings for their router are a lot more difficult than, say, the Airport Extreme or even the LinkSys. Getting it into Bridge and having my Extreme take care of NAT and port forwarding is next to impossible.

  7. Chris Marshall Post author

    I think they would like it to be the same in Spain. The routers you get off Telefonica are pretty much ‘plug and play’, whereas the ones you buy in the stores need more configuring.

    Sands still not online though. When she bought the new one they said they had heard of ‘n’ standard WiFi, but they didn’t sell it yet in Spain 🙂

  8. Wayne LeFevre

    Oh, idea. Does your new one in Spain configure through the standard browser? If it does, could you not then, through iChat, take over her computer, open up the browser and configure it from afar?

  9. Chris Marshall Post author

    Interesting thought. Problem is that it is only possible to configure with a PC. Telefonica don’t support Mac’s at all 🙁

  10. jeremy

    @ Gary

    I think you may be right. I’d heard that Apple had said that to cover their backs. However though it all worked well initially, allowing Time Machine to create backups, but now my iMac doesn’t even see the drive as a NAS!

    I’m having some weird stuff going on with my network since Leopard

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