Living in the heart of NYU territory, I've found it impossible to keep a stable WiFi connection between the laptop and router in my apartment. Even with a signal strength of better than 90% signal, the interference from over a dozen other wireless networks that are in range, plus countless cordless phones, has meant restarting the WiFi router every few minutes.
I upgraded from D-Link?s 802.11b gear to their
Extreme-G 802.11g router and card?same crappy behavior. Last weekend, I got fed up with this, and so I went to J&R
and bought the new Belkin pre-N router and laptop card.
I?ve had the laptop running on WiFi for two days now without losing my Internet connection once. Setting up with the
Belkin router was simple and automated - a non-techie can have it up and running in under 10 minutes. The only extra
effort is security (WEP/WPA, MAC filtering), and that is made as simple as possible (the manual explains it very
With both of my D-Link setups I had to use an AP in repeater mode in the living room just to get the signal from my bedroom to work. The pre-N router in the bedroom is strong enough and has good enough range to give me a consistent 95%+ signal in the whole apartment, without a single hiccup in the connection. You might pay a little extra for Belkin?s pre-N gear might be expensive, but for Manhattanites (or anyone else) who have given up on WiFi, this might be the answer.