"Bad Router"on by RK1980
Pros Easy installation
Cons Bad connectivity. The connection keeps dropping and is very slow when it does connect.
Summary I bought this router from TigerDirect for $19.99 after $20 mail in rebate recently. The connection of this router keeps dropping all the time. also after it connects, the speed is very less. It's as good as dial up connection. Sometimes you have wait over a minute for a single page to load. I wouldn't recommend this router to anybody. This is certainly not for people buying their first router.Updated
When I first installed the router, I didn't set any password for it. As an unsecured networked it worked fine but the moment I set the password (WPA-PSK) for the network, the connection kept dropping every minute and the whole experience was very annoying. I removed the password and surfed fine for next few days. Couple of days back I again tried setting a password (WEP this time) and it's working fine.
Pros Dirt Cheap
Cons Tech support is always tied up
Summary I got this from Futureshop on special for $10 with a USB adapter. Can't beat that price.
Nice little router. I got very good reception on this router, even better than the Linksys I had before. I had this at a corner in the basement and I am still having good reception on my second floor bedroom. Setup was quite easy. Just make sure you add your router IP to the trusted site in your personal firewall (if you have one).
Technical support was very friendly and they really try to help but the line is always tied up. Do leave a message, they do call back and follow up.
Pros Easy to install - Good connection speeds
Cons Cosmetically not as appealing as a lot of other routers
Summary I picked this router up from CompUSA for $9.99 (after rebate). It was extremely easy to install, the wireless cards in my 2 other desktops & my laptop automatically picked up the signal (unencrypted). There was a small bump when I enabled the encyption WEP/WPA I believe that had to do with the different operating systems (win98se, xp & linux) the computers were running, but 128bit WEP encryption seems to be working fine. The wireless signal seems to be strong all through the house in an average 2 story home.
"Phenomenal"on by RobertFE
Cons Can't think of any
Summary Got this from Future Shop for $3.99 after rebate. Been using it for a month. Both wireless and direct connect to router works great. Better than previous router. Port forwarding working great. No issues to speak of.
Pros Not strong enough to emit through apartment dwelling and have other people hack into your system. Still works great and I have used it as a wireless access point for 3 computers.
Cons Not decent enough to far reaching range (IE 35 Ft) . No built in firewall. Not compatible through floors. Not ideal for file transfer. Not reccomended for cable internet users
Summary Overall best suited for apartment dwellings and I personally like it for my wireless access point. I find if you have the bigger and more expensive varieties in an apartment you may run into other people trying to link into or tap into your computer. (if you do not know what you are doing). Simple installation plug and play. Attatch modem to wireless router in non WAN port and let your computer attatch to default (DSL secured, not cable)