Suggestions Requested for Router Replacement
According to behavioural scientists, it takes three days for people to settle down after a major event. As we have just returned from beautiful Brittany, three days is a gross underestimation. It takes us about six months or until the next holiday.
What a beautiful part of the world is Brittany, with long, white sandy beaches and rocky coves rivalling the best in the world. The English Channel turns deep blue, and everywhere are the fruits of the sea with oysters and shellfish so fresh and cheap you just have to gorge yourself. (Didn’t notice any “other” benefits of eating oysters.)
What do we come back to? More of the same sums it up. Our new Netgear router, a DGN2000 to replace the brand new Netgear DG834G we bought a few weeks ago, is doing the same as the last one: the wireless networks become hit and miss. This time we have found the problem if not the solution. Often we open our laptops and find the networks are there but won’t let us on unless we reboot the router, and then only sometimes.
The router can run up to four separate wireless networks at one time. We have to run two of them because of recent changes in wifi data encryption so that our old iBook, which cannot connect using WPA2-PSK, has its own WEP network. Meanwhile our newer MacBook gets up to “n” speeds and uses WPA2-PSK.
Reading the on-screen messages and using sniffers, the networks lose their “identity”; their names vanish leaving a blank where the broadcast name should be. Other times, the WPA2 networks starts demanding a WEP password.
The DG834G just wasn’t up to managing a network with four or more computers—even two were pushing its capabilities. If one Mac was sending or receiving via FTP, it hogged the whole bandwidth no matter what we did to the router’s QoS settings. Similarly with transferring files across the network. Our Linksys WAG54GS isn’t compatible with BT’s C21 MSLAMs at our local exchange, and our DLink 604+ is ADSL1/802.11b slow. Both routers, on the other hand, have excellent wireless routers that gave zero difficulties for years.
All suggestions for a replacement router requested.
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