Advice for home wireless router/modem selection

I guess if your posting in computing asking for advice, it shows what youknow about the subject asked.

The house will have two laptops on the system.Lenovo E520 with a Toshiba Satellite.No gaming, video, T.V watching from the net - maybe needing Skype in the near future.

Distance is max 25m, and probably the heaviest use imaginable will be while one is skyping and the other laptop is watching videos from youtube.

This model is mentioned a fair bit in computing,

http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/networking-modems/adsl-modems/auction-447689769.htm Is this an over-kill for the situation!
Or.would something like this be more warrantable for the situation!

http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/networking-modems/wireless-networking/adaptors/auction-447848118.htm

Cheers

geek_shane-o3, Feb 12, 12:44 pm

well tp-link has a goodish name the other one doesn't even mention a brand.

25m is quite a lot indoors depending on number of walls in between and their construction you may have problems with signal strength however you can improve this by adding a 'wireless extender' or 'cantenna' (google em you can build one easily and for free).

geek_drcspy, Feb 12, 12:51 pm

Expecting a lower powered consumer grade router's access point to penetrate internal walls to 25 metres is a bit on the optimistic side in my opinion but it depends on your house, if you have concrete or brick walls to penetrate then forget it.

Have your house wired with 2 or 3 of these,

http://www.ubnt.com/unifi

geek_spyware, Feb 12, 12:57 pm

Expecting a lower powered consumer grade router's access point to penetrate internal walls to 25 metres is a bit on the optimistic side in my opinion but it depends on your house, if you have concrete or brick walls to penetrate then forget it. Remember that wireless works best line of sight and consumer grade devices have very constrained power outputs.

Using http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider/ to look at signal strength from any consumer grade device would give you an idea of the signal strength in various locations. Maybe have your house wired with 2 or 3 of these, http://www.ubnt.com/unifi

geek_spyware, Feb 12, 12:57 pm

Expecting a low powered consumer grade router's access point to penetrate internal walls to 25 metres is a bit on the optimistic side in my opinion but it depends on your house, if you have concrete or brick walls to penetrate then forget it. Remember that wireless works best line of sight and consumer grade devices have very constrained power outputs.

Using http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider/ to look at signal strength from any consumer grade device would give you an idea of the signal strength in various locations. Maybe have your house wired with 2 or 3 of these, http://www.ubnt.com/unifi

geek_spyware, Feb 12, 12:57 pm

And this is a cantenna, lots of different sites on the web too.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cantenna

geek_kgbatussr, Feb 12, 1:03 pm

geek_shane-o3, Feb 13, 9:33 am

The first 2 are the same - just different traders.
The last one is NOT a modem. It is just a wireless router - so you would also need a DSL modem to go with that one.

geek_flick13, Feb 13, 9:38 am

Cool - understanding better now!

Has anyone dealt with these people before!

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp!partid=12370

geek_shane-o3, Feb 13, 10:06 am

Yes, the best service and close to the best prices in New Zealand for about 5(!) years.

geek_r.g.nixon, Feb 13, 10:36 am

I checked up for you. They been around for about 8 years, and had near to the best prices the last 3-4 years.

geek_r.g.nixon, Feb 13, 10:40 am

Good to know - shall I take the plunge!

geek_shane-o3, Feb 13, 10:52 am

Well, I ordered the wireless through the below company

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp!partid=12370

So far, very happy.Prompt service via emailing, Monday afternoon transferred the money, nice email this morning stating, money received, track and trace number supplied.

109.00 - 5% through ordering online and free track and trace delivery!

geek_shane-o3, Feb 14, 11:14 am