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Old 23. Aug 2012, 09:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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im switching isp,s. my current speed thru gateway 2 wire (router/modem?) is 3mg download/upload 586k. i will no longer have the gateway 2 wire.

my new service will be (download,12mg/ upload 1mg.) modem supplied by new isp, im responsible for the router. this service is thru satellite dish.

what should i look for in a router in order to maximize the full potential of the speed provided by new service?

is there safety concerns with different routers? any (ware/virus issues?) buying a router is new to me.

i will only be running a desk top, a wireless laptop and a wII. the price range varys so much and all i can find are sales persons without clear answers, trying to sell me routers anywhere from dirt cheap to hundreds of dollars.

satellite internet is new to me also, any safety concerns with this? any links that provide reliable info would really be appreciated, thanks in advance.

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Old 23. Aug 2012, 10:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I started with some notes and ended up writing you a book.

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my new service will be (download,12mg/ upload 1mg.) modem supplied by new isp, im responsible for the router. this service is thru satellite dish.
12/1Mb (Megabit) shouldn't stretch any current model of router. Most routers run cabled LANs at 100Mb or 1,000Mb (Gigabit) speeds.

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what should i look for in a router in order to maximize the full potential of the speed provided by new service?
The maximum potential throughput of current wireless (WiFi) is well above this. My rule of thumb is to divide by 4 for an expected throughput. They current ones are all likely to perform above your Internet connection:
A & B Don't use them as they're too old and too slow.
G is 54Mb max. so I expect ~13Mb. They don't sell these anymore where I live.
N is 150Mb max. so I expect ~40Mb. They sell starting at the equivalent of USD40.
N+ etc (non-standard ie specific to each vendor) is 300/450Mb so I expect ~100Mb

Wifi bandwidth is shared with other transmitters that your Wifi device can pickup. The higher the standard and the more powerful the transmitter then the more likely it is to happen. I can pickup 8 Wifi routers in neighboring houses.

Wifi also uses the speed of the lowest connected device for compatibility. So if you have your cellphone using G and a PC using N then the common speed will be G.

The number of aerials is important because each band uses a separate aerial.
If you're using satellite then that suggests you may not have any neighbors close enough to bother you.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wi-Fi

I use a dual band N router (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) with A, B & G disabled as I have a 100/20Mb cable connection. It's definitely faster but many international sites (which tend to be in the US) are still slow to load because bandwidth is constrained on our international links or at the web server.

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is there safety concerns with different routers? any (ware/virus issues?) buying a router is new to me.
Every router I've seen has a built in firewall that is good protection. They may also have parental controls and special features associated with particular DNS servers.

The router creates a private network and acts as the gateway to the Internet. It will have an IP address (e.g. 192.168.1.1) and can auto-assign IP addresses to each device that attaches to it. Normally you specify the DNS servers at the router and all the connected devices can use those servers by default. This is where cheap routers can cause problems because their DNS software is limited. The effect is sometimes seen in long ( e.g. 5-30 seconds or longer) delays in initially finding a website.

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i will only be running a desk top, a wireless laptop and a wII. the price range varys so much and all i can find are sales persons without clear answers, trying to sell me routers anywhere from dirt cheap to hundreds of dollars.
In general more money buys more features plus higher performance. Cheap routers can have bottlenecks and bog down with several users.

Overheating is a problem with routers pushed to their limits and some routers with passive cooling problems e.g. some old Linksys designs.

There are some differences in setting them up. I have Linksys but I don't the like configuration software it expects to install on my PC - it can be bypassed but one feature I use requires it. This is more complicated than Belkin, Netgear, etc. which only require a web browser.

I suggest that you have a look at OpenDNS's router setup help. It gives you some idea of the range of routers from the main providers and what each router configuration screen (for setting up DNS) looks like.
https://store.opendns.com/setup/router/

I'd tend to say buy at the best price for performance. So not necessarily the cheapest but not far above it and usually not the newest either You can buy to future-proof but with prices dropping up to 20-50% each year there's not much reason to buy much more than you need now.

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satellite internet is new to me also, any safety concerns with this? any links that provide reliable info would really be appreciated, thanks in advance.
Don't know much except main problem with satellite is almost always atmospheric disturbances like electrical storms.
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Old 23. Aug 2012, 09:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i REALLY thank you for this info, it answered questions i had failed to ask and wanted to know. i decided upon a linxus, in the price range of 100.00 usd. i find other that mostly have good things to say about there compatability with this service, thanks again.
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Old 23. Aug 2012, 10:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Red face last post of mine wrong

i meant to say linksys,
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