Written: September 27, 2009

The Tale of Two Routers

This past week my trusty LinkSys router decided to finally die because it stopped sharing Internet connections although was well enough to still act as a LAN. No amount of rebooting and praying would bring it back to life. Well, at least now I can upgrade to newer hardware and get the Gigabit router that I’ve always wanted.

My closest store is BestBuy and so I bought a Gigabit LinkSys router with support for 802.11N. Within a few minutes out of the box I was up and running, this time with WPA2 as my security instead of the old WEP choices. Happy ending.

My brother asked for help at his place in Portland so I tried in vain to get his Belkin WiFi N router to let his two laptops connect. After two hours of trial and error I finally discovered that I could manually define my security with HEX digits, so that finally worked.
I did write a letter to Belkin customer support pointing out how their “new and simplified installation” didn’t match my experience.

I have every plan to continue buying LinkSys (Cisco) brands in the future and no plans to buy Belkin products. Your mileage may vary.

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