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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 10:23 am    Post subject: Wireless router recommendation? Reply with quote Back to top

Hello everyone,

I'm currently running a "standard" Vonage config: cable modem ---> RT31P2 ---> PC. I've had it for about 16 months and have had no complaints.

I want to create a wireless network at my house connected to two computers that are used primarily for casual surfing. There would be one laser printer connected to the router via wired ethernet.

Can someone recommend what my best option would be for purchasing a wireless router? Should I just replace my RT31P2 with the WRTP54G or WRT54GP2? I've read some reviews about these devices and am a little concerned about reports of excessive background noise over the phone line.

The other option I've read on these forums is to buy a wireless router and stick it in front of the RT31P2, making the RT31P2 a dedicated Vonage device.

Is one of these options preferred over the other? Any recommendations or information is appreciated!
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Personally, I'd put a non-Vonage wireless router in front of the RT31P2.

Not because you are experiencing problems with the RT31P2, or that you are likely to with the WRTP54G (my WRTP54G worked great for me in Florida on vacation, where I had GOBS of bandwidth and didn't use any of it), but because if you're going to spend the money on a new router, it might as well be one that you control the firmware on. Plus, your needs may grow someday and you may need QoS, or some other feature that the Vonage routers don't offer.

Besides, the Vonage routers will tend to be more expensive, since they have the Vonage circuitry built in. Generally that is refunded by the rebates, but of course you are not a new customer so you won't get a rebate. Why buy the Vonage circuitry all over again, when you already have it in your RT31P2?

Plus, if you ever want to upgrade your wireless router in the future (802.11n, for example), it's a quick router swap. If you "lock in" to a Vonage-enabled wireless router, you are limited to whatever Vonage offers at the time.

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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Thanks for the quick reply, Nate. It makes a lot of sense when you put it that way. I had already taken a look at your how-to for connecting two routers and bookmarked it in case I go that route (which it appears I will).

As far as going out and purchasing a non-Vonage wireless router, do you have any recommendations? Or would I be safe to make a selection from the 802.11g offerings of the major brands?
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

For the casual use you describe, I think you can get away with most of the routers on the market.

If you end up needing QoS or other higher-end features, you've probably seen my recommendation for the Linksys WRT54GL before. I still recommend it, and it's still working great for me. Wink

http://vonage.nmhoy.net/wrt54gl.html

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