As a network administrator I have the opportunities to work with a lot of networking equipment. Long ago I lost track of all the firewalls and routers that I configured. The list would read as a laundry list of equipment and include Cisco, Sonicwall, custom-built Linux servers and IPCop. The cost of this hardware can be intimidating, especially for the home user.
For my home network, for years I would buy a reasonably priced wireless routers which could be purchased and Fry’s, Best Buy or any of the retail stores in the area. I don’t recall ever purchasing a router online as typically you need it to replace the previous router which just failed.
I would buy “all in one” wireless routers which would be highly recommend by friends or coworkers. Once installed, they would work great for about 6 months and then fail. I would RMA the routers, and when the replacement arrived I would give it away, simply because I can’t do my job without my internet connection. The last router I purchased was a dual channel wireless N router, and sure enough, after about 6 months, it again failed. I noticed on this failure, that they way it failed was the key to my problem. (more…)