Reliable Internet Router

Discussion in 'hardware' started by TheKid7, Dec 13, 2010.

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  1. TheKid7

    TheKid7 Registered Member

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    My few month old D-Link Wired Gaming Router started doing periodic reboots this morning. I replaced it with an old Belkin Router which still works. I would like to get a "very good" quality new Router to replace the D-Link Router.

    Are the ZyXEL Firewalls better hardware quality than your "typical" home network type routers?

    I am looking at this new ZyXEL model. This new model has been on the market for around two months.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833181144

    Yes it is pricey and I would probably not use most of the options. I want good quality hardware and good reliability.

    I called ZyXEL support and they warned me that it is not Gaming and Wii friendly, but I never game and never plan to have a Wii.

    Thanks in Advance.
     
  2. Bill_Bright

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    I would try the D-Link again. Assuming it is now unplugged, putting it back in the network and attaching power will complete a reset cycle and it may just work again. If you have to reset it often, I would check D-Link for a firmware update and if none, then maybe you should try new router. D-Link is a reputable brand and it is important to note that even the best can have a few bad samples.

    I personally would avoid that ZyXel. It is too new. I have found ZERO professional reviews for it. I would stick with brands known for reliable home networking products like Netgear, Linksys/Cisco, D-Link and a couple others. I really like my Netgear WNR3500L.

    I also note that while Wireless N is much better than previous protocols in terms of compatibility with different brands, it is my experience you still get a more robust network if your computer adapters and wireless router/WAP come from the same maker.
     
  3. lodore

    lodore Registered Member

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    I currently have a tplink router. current uptime is 50days. the last downtime was due to decorating and firmware update.
     
  4. Bill_Bright

    Bill_Bright Registered Member

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    Not bad! But, since I have not had to redecorate or upgrade, and since all my network gear is on an UPS, I'm looking at 195 days and counting.

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  5. TheKid7

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    I went ahead and ordered the ZyXEL early this morning. Only time will tell if I made a mistake. I will give the Dlink a try again in the next couple of days. If it seems to still work, I will keep it as a spare. I am currently using a Belkin which is about 7 years old and still works.

    I did find one user review of the exact model that I purchased. I get the impression that the person knows what they are talking about. I know, it is "only" one user review.

    http://www.amazon.com/ZyXEL-Interne...dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

    Also, the earlier model, which the one I purchased replaces, has some decent feedback.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833181021
     
  6. TheKid7

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    I placed the new Router into service for the first time today. It seems to work fine.

    At first I thought that the Router's 4th LAN port was defective, because I could not reach the Router's configuration interface with it. It turns out that the default's for the Router's LAN's is: LAN Ports 1 & 2 = LAN1, LAN Port 3 = LAN2, and LAN Port 4 = DMZ. I switched LAN Port 4 to LAN2 in the configuration.

    The only changes from default that I made are:

    1. Login & Password
    2. Setup ClearCloud as the DNS.
    3. The changes already mentioned about the LAN ports.

    This new Router sure has a "Bunch" of configuration options that I will probably never use.

    I was surprised that the new Router is "Made in Taiwan" rather than "Made in China".

    Before I placed this new Router into service, I tried the D-Link Gaming Router again and it seems to work now, but I do not trust it. I will keep it as a spare. Now I have two spare routers: D-Link and Belkin.
     
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