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Wireless Router Recommendation
« on: March 12, 2007, 04:27:52 AM »
The WAP/Router/Switch I have, a Linksys WRT55AG Version 2, continually resets itself, stops responding, and drops the ability to transfer over HTTP (but keeps messenger service connected somehow).  I'm ready to throw this WAP out the window, but I don't know what to replace it with.  It's running the latest firmware, and there is no unofficial firmware available for it.

I created a Visio file with my network layout and uploaded a JPEG of it.  Given it's kind of big dimensionally, I won't directly show the image here, but rather link to it.  It's about 100 KB.  http://www.aaronhulett.com/pimage/network.JPG

So here's what I'm doing.  My main PC is Windows Vista Ultimate running Media Center and acts as my media hub for two extenders, both Xbox 360s, with one near the PC connected via wired 100-base ethernet and the other upstairs via an 802.11a bridge connection.  Two laptops and a tablet PC run over 802.11b/g, and my printer and Vonage adapter are on wired 100-base ethernet.

Here's the kicker.  It is strongly recommended to run Media Center over 802.11a.  This is why I purchased the WAP I mentioned earlier, as it handles a/b/g all in one.  I'd like to keep 802.11a in the picture along with b/g, but yet either dump this WAP for something else or keep it along with a router/switch so that if the WAP crashes/freezes, my whole network doesn't flop at once.

I purchased a TrendNET TEW-511BRP but surprise it's the same guts as the Linksys that I have now.  After 10 minutes, it permanetly freezed up and no longer worked, so back it went.

I'm reviewing a few options and would appreciate your helping me out to evaluate what route is better.

Option 1:  New a/b/g access point.  The problem here is that there aren't many that have all 3 standards implemented.  Most are just b/g, or now have draft-n which I'm not looking to get.

Option 2:  Get a router/switch and use the Linksys WAP as just a WAP.  I'm thinking either a Linksys (ah!) router/4-port switch, or maybe a Zyxel ZyWall 2 Plus or ZyWall 5.  Anyone familiar with ZyWall products?

Option 3:  Get over 802.11a, and just use b/g.  I imagine Media Center would stream properly over b/g, but I worry.  This also doesn't solve the problem of this WAP crashing all the time; I'd still need a new access point.  Given the bad taste Linksys is leaving me with this current WAP, what other brands would you recommend as a reliable WAP?

I'm really tired of this thing crashing/freezing all the time.  It's fun when you're playing something on Xbox Live and suddenly the other person cuts out.  I then look over at the WAP and see all its lights turn off, then back on, then back out, then blink in sequence, and then just run normally; rebooting in the middle of playing a game or watching a movie or talking on the phone is not fun.

Any thoughts/recommendations?

Thanks,

Aaron

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Re: Wireless Router Recommendation
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2007, 06:58:45 AM »
Ok, for any curious lurkers, here's what I'm trying:
Let's see how this works out.  I look forward to the ZyWALL's 500+ page user manual. ;)

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Re: Wireless Router Recommendation
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2007, 04:13:07 PM »
Although it isn't likely you'll need this information, others may find it helpful.  This is an index of help topics from Linksys' site on Windows Vista:

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Re: Wireless Router Recommendation
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2007, 05:03:20 AM »
Well, I just have all the luck!

The ZyWall stopped pulling an IP address from Comcast around 4:30pm (Pacific) today.  I dusted off an old Linksys router (no WAP, no hub/switch, just a router) after a post here reminded me I had one, and that's getting things by.  I'll have to contact ZyXel tomorrow for an RMA.

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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Re: Wireless Router Recommendation
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2007, 12:56:04 AM »
Not the problem you're having, but I thought this was worth not losing track of since someone may find this thread via a search engine.

http://microsoft.blognewschannel.com/archives/2007/03/19/vista-confusing-wireless-routers/


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