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Make sure you use WPA or WPA2 for your security because WEP is very insecure.
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I understand this is a router. But what is different/special about this versus my Linksys wireless router?
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The price is great: it would be a good price for either piece; it's a great price for both.
Wireless N is the latest standard; this should still be current 3 years from now (maybe 5).
N gives you the best range today (maybe twice as good as G, if you're having reception issues).
The hardware firewall will keep your system(s) a lot safer than the (semi-bogus) Windoze firewall, which you can turn off if you need better performance.
SMC support will answer and talk with you if you call them.
You cannot use the open-source alternative OS (that's for Linksys).
Although SMC is a venerable purveyor of professional networking gear, they're becoming an also-ran in the consumer market. (Maybe this is the reason for the great price.)
When I had an SMC, it worked great -- as long as I reset it every day or so. Otherwise, it had problems.
I'm supposed to buy something? But we're having so much fun with things as they are, I don't want to ruin it!
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I had an older SMC Barricade router that would quite frequently disconnect then reconnect with all wirelessly connected computers. While you might not think this is a problem, consider downloading a large file that cannot be resumed....
I, in anger, damaged a lapatop because I thougt it to be a unit of crap. But, later I realized, that the culprit was the crappy router made by SMC and labled Barricade.
A crashed hard drive, due to my anger, and a lot of hair pulled out, finally led me to the defective SMC Barricade router.
Since then, I have not recommended their stuff even to my WORST enemys.
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