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Re: [vox-tech] Seeking Router Advice



Another thing you might try: I've installed the open source DD-WRT
firmware on older wireless routers. It has worked well for me. It
supports WPA2 and has a solid reputation. I know it runs on Linksys
and D-Link routers, not sure about your model.

Harold

On Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 12:35 PM, Alex Mandel
<tech_dev@wildintellect.com> wrote:
> On 10/29/2010 11:01 AM, Bob Scofield wrote:
>> I am asking the following questions in regard to a wireless router I use in my
>> home.
>>
>> I recently attended a class where I was told that one should use WPA2 if it is
>> available.  I have an old D-Link (DI 614) which is not longer supported by
>> D-Link.  It's been good.  I've had no problems with it.  Right now I've got
>> it set up with WEP and MAC filtering.  I could use WPA, but it cannot use
>> WPA2.
>>
>> I saw a discussion on the Internet where people were saying that WPA2 is not
>> really better than WPA.  People were saying that WPA2 was just being pushed
>> so that vendors could sell more products.  Here are three question:
>>
>> 1) Should I get a new router just to use WPA2?
> Depends, what is the density of your neighborhood? How strong is your
> current router (ie how far outside your walls does the signal reach?
> Would plugging into a wire be acceptable for things that you're paranoid
> about (ie Credit Card transactions).
> Sorry I'm not familiar with the difference between WPA and WPA2.
>
>> 2)  How new would the computers in my family have to be to use WPA2?
> WPA2 in my understanding is a software thing, so theoretically any
> hardware could run it if the proper driver is supplied. Doable on any
> recent version of linux, but on other OS's with older hardware may not
> be possible without a vendor provided driver.
>>
>> 3)  If I did get a new router, what would be a good one to get?
>>
> I've had good times with Netgear and ASUS routers. My 2 current ones are
> also open source variants that are hackable, and include things like
> OpenVPN etc.
>
>> I've been happy with D-Link, but I've had occasions where my laptop with an
>> Atheros card could not connect with a Linksys router in Linux, but could
>> connect with Windows.
>>
>> Thank you for any advice.
>>
>> Bob
>
> Enjoy,
> Alex
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