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Router suggestion needed

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Plucesiar, Apr 25, 2004.

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  1. Plucesiar

    Plucesiar Thread Starter

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    Okay I'm not sure if this should go into the Networking Forum or this, but oh well

    Okay right now I'm using a 3com Home Ethernet Gateway, and it's sooo old that it's line of models has been stopped and I can't even find this model on their website now. It's been working fine until recently I keep on getting periodic timeouts. At first I thought it was Shaw (my cable ISP) but they checked and said there's not any problems on their side. Anyways, can I get some suggestions on good brands and models of routers to get? I'm planning it for family use of max 4 computers, and I want it to also be able to establish a print server as we're gonna be sharing 1 or 2 printers with it. Prefer it to be easy to install, configure, has an internal firewall (I'm guessing most do), and of course, not too expensive. Thanks
     
  2. deHakkelaar

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    Are you sure the gateway is giving you the troubles & not 1 of the PC's connected to it ?
    What type of internet connection do you have eg. ADSL , cable , dial-up etc ?

    I can't give you tips on what brands but almost all of um have firewall capabilities.

    I believe a router cannot function as a print server , print servers usually need buffer memory in the order of 2 or higher amounts of Megs but if you can find 1 , buy it.
    You can buy printers , ad on cards or interfaces that can function as a print server on your LAN.
    Almost all Windows versions can share a printer for LAN connected to them with USB , paralel port etc.
    Sharing means that the PC to whom the printer is connected has to be turned on for the printer to be available on your LAN.

    Pew hope I didn't make it to confusing :p & long live the spell checker , couldn't do without :D
     
  3. Plucesiar

    Plucesiar Thread Starter

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    Nope, atm there's only 1 PC connected to it, and I mentioned before my service is cable. And about the print server thing, my router is functioning as a print server right now. The reason I want a router to have the print server function is because of the sharing reason, I don't want to leave any computer on just because another one needs to print. Sorry if my wording wasn't a bit clear about the sharing, I meant for all the computers to have access to the printers.

    Any suggestions? I heard many ppl use Linksys routers, are those any good?
     
  4. deHakkelaar

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    Me bad :p learning every day :D
     
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