Warning: rant ahead, and names named.
When I’m not traveling, I like to work from home some days rather than endure the trek from Seattle to Redmond (although it’s much better now that our own employee transit service has expanded into my neighborhood — the existence of which is sad commentary on the availability and reliability of Seattle’s public transit companies).
This means, of course, that I need fast and stable network connections. Comcast with their PowerBoost is working very well for me. But I just can’t find a decent wireless router at all. My Lenovo T61p (with Intel 4965abgn adapter) just won’t stay connected to my D-Link DIR-628 and IT’S DRIVING ME CRAZY! (Yes, I’ve tried various driver versions, from both Lenovo and Intel.)
My house is in an area with a lot of wireless activity — sometimes I can see nine or ten SSIDs. I’m running draft N on 2.4GHz (which occupies two non-adjacent channels, currently 1 and 4), and I suspect the problem is collision interference. I could shift the router to 5.2GHz, which I probably would help, but then the rest of the computers in my house won’t connect. Why, you ask? Well get this: the DIR-628 is part of D-Link’s RangeBooster N family. So I stayed in the family and got two DWA-542 adapters for the desktop computers. Yet they only do 2.4GHz! Silly me, I assumed that being in the same family means full support of the router’s capabilities.
I’m very tempted to replace my router again — and I’m thinking that the best option is to get one with dual radios. That way I can move my T61p to 5.2GHz and replace the desktop adapters, while still having single-channel 802.11b/g on 2.4GHz for the Wii and my PlayStation Portable.
Now my request: tell me about your experience with home routers. What do you really like, and why? What should I buy?