A once-proud technology brand gets acquired by a brand once best known for manufacturing cheap CD-ROM cases:
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That's truly unfortunate. Despite what I've seen, even in these forums, Linksys has always been a solid brand for me with regards to networking, and I don't think I've ever had a Belkin device that was better suited to being anything other than a doorstop.
I'm actually genuinely wondering what router I should look at buying next. Perhaps D-link if they're still around?
I'm not sure if there is a line of consumer routers that I would recommend. Hopefully, whatever you end up with won't fail before the next standard is ratified. You really can't call any of them durable.
Anyone have an 802.11ac draft AP?
I currently have an Asus BlackDiamond that (except for a couple of power outages that lasted longer than the UPS could handle) hasn't needed to be touched in about a year and a half since I got it.
I got so pissed off reading Newegg reviews that I ended up buying whatever was at the top of a review site's comparison list.
It is truly amazing to see the table turns.
Why are routers so terrible? I think they're the only piece of hardware I know that always fail after 3-5 years of use.
Also, what's with the "No wifi - just pull out the power connector for ten seconds" thing? Hasn't science been able to crack the mystery of whatever causes that for the past decade or so?
I used to use Linksys a lot. Then when cisco bought them it just got wierd. Wondered about for a bit then found a good one. The DIR 655 has been a good soho router for several years now.
Belkin produces a variety of consumer computer products, not just cheap cases. They can't do any worse with the Linksys brand than Cisco did. Last week I went through the painful process of attempting to install and configure a Linksys RE1000 extender. Complete crap product that I ended up having to return. I bought the Netgear equivalent and had it installed and working in 15 minutes.
It is important to get a real good router if you want to be a top gamer with a fast ping rate. Remember no cheevos, no chicks.
My old Linksys gear was pretty reliable ... until a series of power company surges fried it all. Linksys became a mess when Cisco took over, so Belkin could hardly do worse. Prices should go up by a factor of ten overnight if they follow the standard Belkin pricing, so nobody will buy the stuff anyway. I'm mostly using dlink stuff at the moment, which has been reasonable. The DIR655 is a pretty good wireless router. Options for consumer-grade network equipment have been pretty weak lately.
On a serious note, why don't more girls appreciate good taste in routers?
(actually it's probably good for me that they don't as I'm currently using an ISP provided Thompson (or Technicolour, or whatever they're calling themselves these days) POS. )
I've got me one of those slick BT routers with the blue lights -- I pick up chicks in clubs by showing them photos of it on my phone.
I got fed up with asking girls back to 127.0.0.1 - they just kept looking at me like I was some kind of nerd.
Sold my router on eBay, I now have an iPod Touch (and have had a lot more success at nightclubs by asking girls if they would like to touch my iPod)