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I'm looking for a reasonable access point to broadcast my ADSL connection. What I want is an access point that:

  • Small sized - I would love to carry it around easily.
  • Not much prized - around 100$.
  • Good range - 100m indoors sounds nice.
  • Super G mode - Support for 108mbit.

I found several ones I can buy here easily but can't really decide.

I was going to buy D-Link 2100AP ( http://www.dlink.com/products/?sec=3&pid=292 ) until I read some user comments about packet loss/Disconnecting issues. ( http://reviews-zdnet.com.com/D_Link_DWL_21....html?tag=uolst )

Other one I had in mind was Asus 330G ( http://www.asus.com/products/communication...0g/overview.htm ) but it lacks some features like DHCP server, low indoor range and not being 108mbit. However it's great in size and price is good.

Do you have any suggestions/recommendations about which access point is better or you know something better? Thank you.

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do not pick the dlink atheros chipsets they have a seriouis problem i went from a di-624 to a 2100 ap switched it with dlink and it still has a serious reboot problem the only stable thing i found about it is sometimes if its set to super g with out turbo it wont reboot

i recomend the linksys wrt54gs with sveasoft firmware lotta nice features with very stable performance and i believe u can get thewrt54gs on sale for like 70 or so

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Another reason for why I think of DLink is my WiFi card has Atheros chipset as well. Is DLink really bad? I read some reviews on sites, all of them were greatly positive, like 4.8 out of 5, 95 out of 100. The common problem I heard is issues acting as a repeater and other than that it was fine but some people say it has reboot/disconnection problems just like you.

wrt54gs looks nice - only if it was small and 108mbit ...

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The dlink wifi cards work great just not with dlink aps lol, i honestly tried everything to get the di-624 and the 2100 ap to work i called dlink about 30 times wasted more money on other versions cause at the time i couldnt run cat5e, i used to post along with a others on the dlink forum on dslreports.com, first we though it was heat so i had a fan blowing on it and some put heatsinks, then we tried all sorts of beta firmware from tw site which didnt do anything, then someone else though it was a power load issue but ended up cooking his router, so my advice go with what works and look at the bright side the custom firmware options rock

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Check this out - http://www.epinions.com/content_147587174020

I recently updated the firmware in the DI-624 wireless router/AP from V2.42 to a beta version 2.45. With this upgrade the DWL-2100AP finally works as a client to the DI-624 wireless Access Point! BUT, now with this beta firmware the DI-624 does not work with the legacy 802.11b hardware. Go figure. So I installed V2.44 and the DI-624 works with both the DWL2100AP client mode and legacy 802.11b devices. (V2.44 can be found on the D-Link international website).

I'm really confused :) I'm going between Linksys WAP54G and Dlink 2100AP. Most people seem to be happy with Linksys but there are happy Dlink customers as well and I will only use it as AP along with my Atheros-chipped Wifi card.

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never played with a wap before, and yes the firmware fixes something and ruins something else

btw if u didnt know how 108 works it use i think 2 channels or more to acheieve a total of 4 MB/s transfer rate compared to regualr g at 2.5 to 3.0

also i have a question do u have a specific project in mind like running wifi to ur neighbor or to a certain distance

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I don't want to share connection to far away so far, just within the house but I would like to have as much coverage area as I can get :)

I think I can give up with Acces Point and get a wireless ADSL modem instead. Mine is Zoom X5 which I can't say I'm much happy and I'm thinking of paying a bit more and buying an ADSL2+ modem. US Robotics and Asus are the ones I can get easily. What do you think?

I'm really confused on what to choose :) I think I will keep searching till I get my laptop back from service ...

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Thank you for the advises NiTz, if anyone has any other comments please post.

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