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If anyone wants a cheap and decent router...

Netgear 802.11b Cable/DSL Router for $2.99 after rebate
Matched on subscription to vendor "CompUSA.com"

Today only, CompUSA retail stores offer the Netgear MR814NA
802.11b Cable/DSL Router for $47.99 before a $45 mail-in
rebate, $2.99 after. It's the lowest price we've seen by $4.

Click here for updates or to snap up this deal now:

Netgear=decent. SMC or D-link tends to give you more configurational options, but netgear provides just about everything you need. Don't use the included software, 'cause that tends to be crap - configuring by hand is always much more interesting via browser (http to router address~). And if you're nearby, I'd be happy to help you set it up... shouldn't take too long, if you have a preexisting cable or DSL connection... well, DSL might take a tad bit longer, since I'm not too sure how DSL DHCP/connecting-in-general works. Ought to be the same, but hey, there's some odd stuff out there.
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fbartho From: fbartho Date: December 13th, 2004 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)
note that its an 802.11b router.... which is slower than G. I got mine for 15 including shipping a year and a half ago, and I saw an 802.11g router for 10-15 a short bit ago... bensbargains.net scroll/go to previous pages... the deal might still be good...
ibneko From: ibneko Date: December 13th, 2004 09:39 am (UTC) (Link)
::nods:: Don't think there's that much of a difference though. Having been on both a b and a g router using apple's Airport extreme card, I can't say I really noticed that things were slower on the b.

I think the cheapest I've seen is 8 dollars, after rebates. That was an in-store purchase though... one of the recent thanksgiving deals.
fbartho From: fbartho Date: December 13th, 2004 09:59 am (UTC) (Link)
my main point is that since its the old protocol, it is probably old in other ways as well... including range... and that's been my only complaint with this one... I can't go much further than two rooms away from mine...
ibneko From: ibneko Date: December 13th, 2004 10:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, I see. Mmmm, dunno, maybe if I ever see a 11g router as cheap, I'll grab it and try... my current router was 15ish, 11b.. with broadcast off, I can connect with my iBook pointed towards the router at a max range of about 130+ feet, with nothing but two glass windows between us (the router's on the second floor in my room, and I'm in the rec room, 10 rooms away, two rooms over, and one floor down.) I'm pretty sure I cover the entire courtyard outside of my room... the signal jumps from 1-2 bars to a strong 3 bars once I step outside onto the balcony of the rec room.

I'm actually thinking of building a pringles antenna for my iBook, or something similar. Know anything about the subject? (I have several pages and sites, but I haven't looks over any of them)
fbartho From: fbartho Date: December 13th, 2004 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I raced through those sites a while back... but realized i didn't have the electrical interest in that project, as for the range, I don't have that far of range... of course, some of it may have to do with the fact that the walls are THICK here... Dorm was built back in 1960 or so, and was made to last... I'm also not able to go anywhere that has a line of sight through windows to my router... well that's not quite right, but the few places I tried were too far away... they sound to be as far as your recroom, so I'm jealous... actually much less than 130 feet, but yeah... life goes on...
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