The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

24 March 2005

U! S! R!

USRobotics, who manufactured the modem I keep in reserve in case I need a dial-up, has sent me a list of deals on wireless gear. Are they worth a darn? I'd like to set up a wireless network at Surlywood, and I have a pretty good idea of what I need, but I draw a blank on brand names.

Posted at 6:47 PM to PEBKAC

I've been terribly happy with my Linksys.

Posted by: Matt at 8:30 PM on 24 March 2005

I have also been very happy with Linksys, who don't even officially support Mac. I've had a Linksys WAP11 for probably 3 years.

I've never had a lick of trouble with their products, notwithstanding my general incompetence in such matters.

Posted by: Dan at 9:58 PM on 24 March 2005

I'll have to give Linksys a big thumbs up as well. Three different wi-fi locations with Linksys wireless routers and nary a problem.

Posted by: Bobby at 1:07 AM on 25 March 2005

Ditto Linksys. Mine has a shelf life of four months, but those four months have been bliss (i.e., no long nights in front of a configuration screen with handfuls of hair in my hands).

Posted by: Joe Goodwin at 4:40 AM on 25 March 2005

OMG. Not only do we have Linksys at our house, so I echo everybody else's sentiments, but *I* am actually offering *YOU* tech advice?

Posted by: Vickie at 5:59 AM on 25 March 2005

This is an area where I've simply fallen behind the state of the art; the stuff I deal with at work resembles only vaguely the stuff available to us mortals at home.

Fortunately, the terminology is the same.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:31 AM on 25 March 2005

But still.

(PS speaking of wireless the Spawnette appears to be headed to the campus voted "Best Wireless" in the country by students--James Madison.)

Posted by: Vickie at 7:06 AM on 25 March 2005

I should also point out that recently I was utterly flummoxed by one of those newfangled all-in-one stereo systems, mostly because a substantial number of its functions apparently can be accessed only with the remote control, something I resent on general principle (and because I have to squint at the tiny icons on the box that may or may not represent the function I'm trying to activate).

In my younger days, I would attribute this to being in the presence of a pretty blonde which I was but it's time I faced up to the fact that I'm no longer on the cutting edge of, well, anything really.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:37 AM on 25 March 2005

I have Linksys too (Ethernet, not wireless, though), but I've seen so many comments elsewhere over the years dissing the brand that I'll frankly admit I'm surprised there are so many huzzahs here.

Our Ethernet LAN has been going strong for as long as we've had it, three years last December I think.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:36 AM on 25 March 2005

Vickie -nothing against JMU, which is a fine school and alma mater of the (in)famous Ben Schumin.

But at Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma's biggest hot spot, we've had 802.11b wireless access on our 100% laptop campus for more than 3 years.

And we use Cisco wireless routers, in case anyone cares.

Posted by: Dan at 10:21 AM on 25 March 2005

I'm pleased with our 2WIRE router, which not only acts as the DSL modem, it's a very good hardware firewall (Gibson Research's "Shields Up!" reveals nary a gap in protection), and provides good 802.11b service in most of the house.

Posted by: Michael Bates at 10:59 AM on 25 March 2005

I have the Linksys 3-in-1, which works as a hub and a WAP, and I've extremely happy with its performance.

Posted by: timekeeper at 12:16 PM on 25 March 2005

Linksys works as an Italian husband?

I thought you people highly recommended it for its efficiency.

Posted by: Vickie at 1:55 PM on 25 March 2005

WAP, as in Wireless Access Point, not WOP, as in Without Official Papers.

Here is the link to the item. It's a WAP, hub, and router, in one package. It's also 802.11g compatible, which was the selling point for me.

Our neighborhood is a hive of Linksys networks; I can access three linksys default setup networks (and two others, which may or may not be Linksys); since the networks don't have very large radii, I'd imagine that they're on my street of eight houses.

Posted by: timekeeper at 8:10 PM on 25 March 2005

Timekeeper - I know. I'm Italian.

It was a stretch at humor.

Obviously a massive stretch.

Posted by: Vickie at 9:28 PM on 25 March 2005