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Old Nov 22nd, 2005, 10:20 PM   #1
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Hi everyone, I need a new wired router and was looking at ones from NetGear (RP614 or FR114P), Linksys (BEFSX41), or even D-Link (DI-704P or DI-707P).

I'm leaning towards the RP614 because I used to have one and it worked well with my HP Laserjet 4Mplus. It also now has SPI firewall rather than NAT.

I have become increasingly paranoid and would prefer that the next wired router have SPI. So, let's hear everyone's opinions! Thanks!

P.S. Prefer something that even a half-witted network neophyte such as I can handle setting up.
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Old Nov 22nd, 2005, 10:44 PM   #2
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Linksys can be set up by any half witted network neophyte, but if you must go with NetGear then let's here other people's opinions.
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Old Nov 23rd, 2005, 08:46 AM   #3
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It's funny how you want something that a half whitted neophyte can set up and then you talk about SPI

i've used DLink, Netgear, Linksys and other products and to be honest I find that they all have their quirks. SPI sounds like the key feature you need to after that I'd be tempted to make it almost a price decision. I would find that vendorA would support routing protocols (or even static routes) but not DHCP reservations while vendorB would support DHCP reservations but not time constrained access lists etc. So if you have a specific feature in mind (like SPI) then I'd make a price decision based on that.

I've dealt with the tech support from the vendors too and in my experience they were ALL terrible. In some respects it's somewhat understandable, but these people really knew no more than the absolute basics. If that.
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Old Nov 23rd, 2005, 10:29 AM   #4
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Asante routers are the best IMO. The most Mac friendly anyway
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Asante routers are the best IMO. The most Mac friendly anyway
What makes if "Mac friendly"?
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Old Nov 23rd, 2005, 11:30 AM   #6
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Their support....documents, manuals....
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Their support....documents, manuals....

I'm not trying to be facetious, but can you be more specific? A router should not be OS specific unless you're suggesting that it supports proprietary protocols like Appletalk or something like that.

I can manage my DLink router from my Mac and I'm not sure how much friendlier it could get. I can think of some examples, but I'd really like to hear why Asante are better.
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Asante as a company is much more Mac friendly, always have been.
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Hi everyone, I need a new wired router and was looking at ones from NetGear (RP614 or FR114P), Linksys (BEFSX41), or even D-Link (DI-704P or DI-707P).

I'm leaning towards the RP614 because I used to have one and it worked well with my HP Laserjet 4Mplus. It also now has SPI firewall rather than NAT.

I have become increasingly paranoid and would prefer that the next wired router have SPI. So, let's hear everyone's opinions! Thanks!

P.S. Prefer something that even a half-witted network neophyte such as I can handle setting up.
I've used routers by all 3 companies, and the most reliable was NetGear. Easy to set up, easy to use, never failed. My Netgear wireless router has been going 24/7 since I bought it with no issues.
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Asante as a company is much more Mac friendly, always have been.

So it's really just a marketing/positioning thing. There is no actual improvement in functionality.
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