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Buying a router

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Buying a router

I am about to invest in my first router. I have two PC's (Win XP Home and Win 2k Pro) connected through a Netgear Hub. I want either of them to be able to access the net. In the future I may want to connect my PS2.

My question is this. How on earth do I decide which router to go for - apart from only wanting one with a single ethernet portHuh

thanks

steve
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Check this link out for an unbiased view, and hopefully one will take your
fancy. Personally I would go for ........(no better not that would be biased). Wink
http://www.adslguide.org/hardware/reviews/
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If you don't mind keeping one pc on while going on the other.....

use internet connection sharing, then you can go on the net with your hub, on all 3.
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Scan seem to be doing a resonably cheap modem /router with 4 ports built into it

http://web6.scan.co.uk/Products/Info.asp?WPID=70361


Its based on the conextant chipset, and is prety much straight forward to config.
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I also found ADSL Guide a help when I started.

About a year ago I statred with broad and at that time the only choice in my opinion was the Netgear DG814. It is a 4port all-in-one box. The main reason I chose it was by far the easiest to for a novice setup using internet explorer, and in the very unlikely chance you have a problem their help desk is very helpful where you can phone up and speak to a real person. (The problem I had turned out to be nothing to do with there hardware but they were still helpful).
I have bee using for a year and am very happy with it. They now do 2 wireless versions. Wireless is handy but slower for networking, there are two common standards 10&54MBps. NICS are 10/100 and usually opperate at 100MBps. but remember any of these wil be faster than your broadband connection.
I now there is now more of a choice such as Belkin or D-link., but I thought it might help to get info from someone who has had one in constant use for a year.
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My question is this. How on earth do I decide which router to go for - apart from only wanting one with a single ethernet portHuh


If you're specifically interested in routers with just one port, DSLsource has a couple of models which might be of interest. There's the SpeedTouch 510 v4 single port router at £60+VAT, or something calling itself the Etec USB and 1 Ethernet port Router at the princely sum of £40+VAT.

(I'd go for the SpeedTouch)