July 20, 2005
After my little Linksys WRT55AG adventure, I did what I should have done to begin with — my homework.
What I settled on was the D-Link DGL-4300 Wireless 108G “Gaming Router”.
I’m not a gamer (although I’ve got one on the premises), but their “Gamefuel” feature essentially operates much like the Hawking Broadband Booster — in fact, it uses an earlier version of the same Ubicom Streamengine that the Broadband Booster does, but exposes more of the interface for controlling how the Quality of Service (QoS) feature operates.
Although some other reviews suggest that the Gamefuel features don’t work quite as well on insuring the quality of VOIP calls as the Hawking box does, it still seems to help considerably.
The other big feature I was looking for was gigabit ethernet — the DGL-4300 has a built-in 4 port gigabit ethernet switch. At some point in the near future, I plan to dump my two or three remaining 10/100 switches and replace them with 10/100/1000 switches, so this puts me slightly ahead of the game on that item.
July 20, 2005
I hate it when I don’t do my homework on a new piece of hardware, and it comes back to bite me in the ass. Particularly when it’s from a company that I’ve sworn I’d never buy from again, like Linksys.
For several years I’ve been living happily behind a little Linux box, running IPCop as a firewall and router. It worked excellently, even on the old last-legs box it was running on. Unfortunately, it had gotten to the point where it was out of legs, and I’d need to actually drop some money into hardware to keep it running much longer.
At the same time, I was trying to fix my problems with Windows Media Center by making sure all of my hardware was on the “certified” list. Although I wasn’t looking to solve any network problems, I happened to notice that the Linksys WRT55AG was on the list, and so figuring to kill two birds with one stone, I purchased one (along with some other more on-point hardware), and sat it off to the side.
In due course, the little IPCop box finally expired, and I dug out the WRT55AG and plugged it in.
What a nightmare!