Hardware Recommendation Requested

December 9, 2005 at 2:08 am | Posted in rant | 24 Comments

I find that, once again, I’m unhappy with my cable modem / wifi gateway.  Ideally I’d like:

  • Something with at least 4 ports since I have 3 desktops in active use and I prefer cables on my laptops honestly (i’m so damn sick of ssh windows dying when connectivity goes south; and don’t vent to me about Screen – it doesn’t work with VI well so that’s a non starter for me)
  • Ability to branch it into a switch since I need more ports (3 desktops + 3 laptops).
  • Something with a USB 2.0 port which isn’t Netgear.  I have a brand new netgear wifi gateway w/ usb hub and its as useless as tits on a bull due to firmware bugs and Netgear’s firmware fixes just plain don’t work.
  • Something with actual *gasp* working security.  I don’t care if its wep, wpa or what — I just don’t want to have my neighbors leeching my bandwidth and whatever security model it is I need it to work on both Windows and Mac.
  • Web UI w/ port forwarding.  Given that I’m working on a local dev server on my new (old) Ubuntu box the ability to forward ports to my local server is highly useful.
  • Bittorrent compatible.  I mean come on.  Like I’m not going to open 6881 ?

Any thoughts?  I’ve had mixed success with LinkSys in the past.  I actually have a perfectly good LinkSys but I can’t find the power brick so its effectively a paperweight.

Thanks in advance.



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  1. what kind of power brick do you need? I’ve got a garage full of excess power bricks.

    Tell me what the numbers on your Linksys say, and how big the power hole is, and I’ll see if I’ve got something that’ll fit.

  2. Linksys WRT54G seems about what you want…

  3. You are still surprisingly uhappy with that? I mean I guess you seem to have a slight problem with the set up only. You wouldn’t want to know what my set up is. You will be frustrated if you were in my place.

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