questionschallenge: router

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I have never used an Apple router, but I can give you my own router experience. We have a basic Linksys router (not expensive) and we have a 6 person household. We use it on a regular basis for:
- Desktop computer
- Laptop computer
- Blu-ray player
- Roku
- Wii
- Xbox x2
- iPhone x2
- iPod touch
- Nintendo DS

When my sister-in-law visits we add an additional iPhone and laptop to the mix. We have never had any issues with it handling the load.

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I like my NETGEAR RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router WNDR3700.
I use the default software on it.
This is what I use on it.
I use QOS to give lan port 1 highest priority. (my IP phone)
I use DHCP to hand out address from 192.168.1.12-192.168.1.34
I use block all services from 192.168.1.2-192.168.1.11 (this way if a device connects to my network they can not even surf the internet)
I plan using QOS to lowest priority data of downloads not going over port 80. I do not download much but every once and a while I get asked if I am using all the internet up. (inside joke from when I would download like a madman)
I use a guest network and do not allow access to my home network. (network isolation)
I occasionally use MAC filter.
I use keyword in web name filtering.

I only had to reboot it a few times when I was setting it up.
I paid about $55 from IceMonkey but deal is gone now.

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I haven't used an apple router either. Currently I'm using an older Linksys router, WRT54GL with some aftermarket firmware on it (DD-WRT.) It has been going strong for about 4 years now with very little issue. Right now I'm running the following on a daily basis.
2 x Desktop Computers
2 x Home servers (1 Running Teamspeak, 1 Running WHS)
2 x Laptops
1 x PS3
1 x Web Connected TV
2 x iPhone

Like I said it's an older router but it sure can take a beating, my only complaint is that it doesn't support wireless 'N'

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I just picked up this D-Link that was on sale. It's back to normal price now but still a sweet router.
http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=643

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I have an Apple Airport and am very pleased with it. It pretty much set itself up and has good range. I have 3 computers, 1 printer, Xbox360, PS3, 2 phones, and a nook that I use it for. I haven't connected every single device through it at once, but we often have several devices using the internet/online gaming and streaming music or movies without any trouble. I know the price might be a bit of a turnoff for some, but I would have no reservations recommending it to anyone.

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Sorry I should mention what I have attached.
1 Window2003 PDA
4 PCs
5 Laptops
1 Ooma Phone
3 Direct TV Recv.
1 Win7 Tab (never ever gets used)
1 HP Tab.
1 Wii.
2 Dlink DSM320
1 Pirinter
1 Neighbors Apple tablet or phone when I let my security go

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I had a couple of Netgear routers die, probably because of lightning spikes, but my two Linksys WRT-54GS are still going strong after more years than I remember. One I left behind when moving out of a rented room few years back, the other I lent to a friend and will probably never see again. Both run DD-WRT to allow them to run in bridge mode in the original network I had (needed a wired network upstairs for two old machines I was too cheap to buy adapters for) so for the moment I'm using http://www.meritline.com/tenda-w311r-11n-150m-broadband-wireless-router---p-56084.aspx which may or may not prove as durable, but it was only $15.