Computer advice needed.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by xxxxxxl, Feb 12, 2006.

  1. xxxxxxl

    xxxxxxl New Member

    Jun 19, 2004
    I have decided to use a wireless router in our new home for our dsl. Is linksys a good router and does anyone have any advice on which type of wireless router to purchase?
  2. SouthernMoss

    SouthernMoss *Admin Tech Staff*

    Jan 1, 2003
    SW MS
    Linksys is a very popular brand. I don't have any firsthand experience with it, but it should be fine. I would suggest getting a model that has firewall capabilities.

    After you set up your router, there are two very important steps that many people skip.

    1) Change the default password.
    2) Turn on encryption.

    If you don't complete these two steps, anyone and everyone can piggyback your connection, getting a free ride and slowing down your connection. And, more importantly, they can access your home network and potentially get to any information you have stored on your computers.

    Do your computers already have built in wireless capabilities, or will you need to buy adapters for them? (Of course, the computer near the router can bet connected via ethernet instead of wirelessly).

  3. JohnK3

    JohnK3 New Member

    May 5, 2003
    Linksys is a very good brand.

    Linksys is the SoHo brand for Cisco, the giant in networking equipment. Solid equipment.
  4. Deputy Dawg

    Deputy Dawg Active Member

    I have one hooked up to my desktop and a laptop computer and it works great.
  5. shooter4

    shooter4 New Member

    May 13, 2004
    Linksys is easy to set and works great.

    And do what was said about the default password and encryption.
  6. KyBlaster

    KyBlaster New Member

    Nov 27, 2005
    I have a Belkin at home. But we use Linksys at work.
  7. Dima

    Dima New Member

    Jan 24, 2006
    Linksys is good. Affordable, reliable, easy to setup. I use WRT54G for home network and it is great for both wired and wireless connections.
  8. sarzak

    sarzak New Member

    Jan 24, 2006
    does linksys come in . 45 or just 9mm?
  9. xxxxxxl

    xxxxxxl New Member

    Jun 19, 2004
    Linksys it is. I noticed in yesterday's paper that Best Buy is having a sell. Thanks for all the advice.
  10. SouthernMoss

    SouthernMoss *Admin Tech Staff*

    Jan 1, 2003
    SW MS
  11. Silver72

    Silver72 Member

    Nov 5, 2005
    Central Texas
    Bought a 5 slot Linksey today @ Radio Shack for $29.95, the same ptice as Office Depot, but less than Best Buy, or Circuit City. Hmmmm, even works!
  12. MnHunter

    MnHunter New Member

    Feb 6, 2006
    SouthernMoss said it all make sure your system is secure, cause one thing I have learned the HARD way is once tyhey get in it causes nothing but heck and chaos.. So follow his steps and you should be good to go.
  13. xxxxxxl

    xxxxxxl New Member

    Jun 19, 2004
    Ok, maybe I am retarded but somebody please explain to me how "they" get in when you use a wireless router.
  14. inplanotx

    inplanotx Active Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    When you go wireless, you are transmitting just like a radio. It is open to the airwaves. Most wireless setups have firewalls and encryption that come with the unit. Make dang sure you turn those features on or someone sitting outside your home in a vehicle can pick up the network and use yours!
  15. xxxxxxl

    xxxxxxl New Member

    Jun 19, 2004
    Thanks, now I understand.
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