I was just on the phone with a friend, who couldn’t get his new D-Link router working. He was on the phone a few days ago too, concerning the same router. This time, he concluded – “Why are these things so unreliable??”
I had to fight back an instinctive urge to defend wireless technology, brought on by my techno-geek spine. It is actually true that wireless networking is less reliable and more difficult to set up than it should be. That goes for most wireless products I’ve tried. However, some are worse than others, and the D-Link my friend consulted me about wasn’t the router I recommended to him.
In fact, I recommended the Linksys Compact Wireless-G Broadband router. After reiterating my recommendation to my friend and commenting that D-Link is crap, I decided I should give the Are Wold Seal of Approval to the Linksys Compact Wireless-G Broadband router in the hope that more people will buy decent, high-quality networking products.
If you are looking for more specific reasons to get it, I’ll offer the following:
– Reasonable cost
– Very small!
– Good range
STOP THE PRESS! Preliminary testing indicates that the Linksys does not pass the Torrent Test ™. The Torrent Test involves me and at least one other person maxing out our 3,5 Mbit connection with 3-6 bittorrent streams. So if you are torrenting heavily over a line that’s this fast, the Linksys might not be for you. I’m looking into this – our modem could also be the problem. (April 2., 2007)
The first one of these is actually the most important. I have used both Linksys and D-Link routers which have caused me a lot of pain because of unreliability. Sadly, you can’t reason that since one Linksys router is good, another will be decent too – that’s not how it works. However, this specific router is really the first one I’ve had no complaints with whatsoever. Well done, Linksys.
Norwegian readers can check the product page for the Linksys Compact Wireless-G Broadband Router at Komplett.no, which also includes some consumer reviews.