Solved: What router should I buy??

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Sue C

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I currently have cable on my desktop. I just received my Dell laptop in the mail today and it is set up for wireless. I want to go buy a router but have no idea which one to buy. I tried calling my service provider for a suggestion and was told I should buy theirs for $29.99 and they would install it and then I'd have to pay them $10/month (like forever). They also said they would be safer because they would have secure encryption. I don't want to go through them. If I buy my own, there's no monthly fee added on, I'm pretty sure. Right? And it would be safe, right?

Anyway, I need a recommendation on what router to buy. It's for the Dell Inspiron 1420. I know I'd like something long range, if possible, so my daughter can sit outside if she wants. Thanks in advance!

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I would go with the Linksys Wireless G. Its pretty standard, and works well. There's the newer Wireless N out, but I personally think its a waste of money, and I hear it doesn't work that great.

The G has good range, at least for me it does. If you want, they do sell devices like signal repeaters and boosters, but I think they're a waste.

It also has fine security settings. I used WPA password with MAC address filtering, which seemed like overkill almost. You can also shut off the broadcast of the signal, so people cant just simple stumble on it.
 
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