Treated myself to a whim purchase the other day, buying a Netgear router from Costco.
I’d been considering a new router for a few months. I suspected there were issues my existing router. My bandwidth was getting clipped and the VOIP’s clarity sometimes dropped from five to two. Streaming video was tremendously frustrating, with the videos frequently stopping and buffering. Yet the ISP always told me I had plenty of headroom left.
So I was searching and pondering. Reviews always pointed to a Cisco router as ‘the best’ – but it was the router that I owned. While looking for travel deals on Costco, I saw the router.
It seemed like fate. Costco’s reviews were mostly good. I searched for other reviews and then shrugged it off and bought the router, figuring I could always return it to Costco if it didn’t work.
It arrived yesterday. Set up took about ten minutes, mostly to undo the old router and change out the power cords. Within thirty minutes, my wife’s Mac, my three Thinkpads and my Brother printer were all operating secure and wireless. I tested its range, taking one Thinkpad and the Mac out back, into the bedroom and kitchen to test connectivity and never experienced any issues. I added the phone, an old tower and another printer by ether cable.
As an aside, I don’t usually have three Thinkpads. Just received a new one from the corporation and was doing the migration from the old to the new, something completed this morning. I use the old tower as a backup system to store files. It is old, too, purchased new in 1999. I’ve added memory, upgraded its processors and replaced its power supply but it’s otherwise the system that I bought almost 14 years ago. All except the Mac and my personal Thinkpad run through a KVM set up, using a common mouse, keyboard and monitor, and all those systems are hidden away in cabinets under my desk.
The new router has solved everything that had troubled my home network. Streaming works as planned and expected. ROKU works noticeably more efficiently. The clicking and dropouts that plagued our VOIP are gone. Twenty-four hours into using it, I give the router five stars.
Hope it stays that way.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com