I finally did it. I have been thinking of upgrading my wireless network at home for some time (since the upgrade to "N" on my Macbook and iMac). Also, my current Linksys router was disconnecting from the internet for no reason.
But I have a lot of requirements to do so. And anything meeting those requirements was to expensive until recently.
The requirements were as follows:
- Have dual radio bands, so "G" devices would not degrade or interfere with "N" devices.
- Gigabit for my wired connections.
- USB port to add a HD to the network directly.
What met my criteria was the Linksys WRT600N. Since I have only owned Linksys routers, I was happy. Also, the price dropped quite a bit recently.
I was concerned as I have many wireless devices, so was very specific when setting the router up. The router is set up just like you have 2 routers. One I made a specific "N" and the other specific "G" vs. mixed for both. I gave them SSID's that identified them as "N" or "G". I then crossed my fingers to see what would happen.
- Macbook connected with "N" and has had no problems at all.
- iMac connected with "N" but would consistently disconnect from the network. I switched it to "G" and have had no problem since. The difference between the iMac and Macbook is the Macbook is OS X 10.5 and the iMac is OS X 10.4. Not sure what the 10.4 issue is.
- MacMini connected with "G" and has had no problems at all.
- Chumby connected with "G" and has had no problems at all.
- iPhone connected with "G" and has had no problems at all.
- Belkin Wireless G Gaming adapter would not connect at all. I used this to connect my Vudu box. I have switched to the Vudu Wireless Kit which works fine.
- IBM Thinkpad would not connect to "G". This may be due to the weird wireless network software work requires on the laptop.
The new router has been up and working great for a month now and I highly recommend it, but be aware there could be issues with some "G" components.