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What's a good wireless router to have for sharing media between devices?

So I'm here in a tiny dorm style room in Australia for the next two years and there's no wifi. Because of that, many of my wifi depedent devices are useless. What's a good router to have that's primary useage is networking my devices together (ex: streaming a movie from my laptop to my ps3)?

Also, is it a standard feature in routers to be able to connect to a VPN? (Sorry if that sounded really stupid...I'm dumb when it comes to networking) I want my router to be able to connect to a VPN (if possible) so that I may enjoy Netflix, Hulu, and all the American media goodness on my devices. Also, I'm too lazy to set up a VPN connection for each device I have.

Lastly, range isn't an issue for me since I live in a tiny room. I pretty much just want my different devices to be able to speak to each other.

Thanks for your suggestions!
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frankspin

I have a D-Link DIR-655, dated at this point, but the interface for the web admin is pretty nice. With regards to which one is better for what any device will do fine but the most important thing you will want is dual-band support and gigabit network. I would definitely check out the gdgt.com­/asus­/rt­-n56u/ Asus RT-N56U.

As far as I know you cannot configure your router to connect to another VPN. You would need to set up your computer. Configuring a PS3 and Vita are bit more of pain to set up for use with a VPN but the iPad will have VPN options under the network settings tab.
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shawnppickett

Generally, I've taken a shine to Netgear lately, Linksys used to be generally good, but after the whole one touch set up security fiasco, I'm loathe to trust them. D-Link is supposed to have good routers as well, but I've been leary of that company after a fiasco with a PCMCIA wireless card they made years ago (it claimed to support Windows 98 on the box, but after we got it home, you wound up having to download software from a third party to make it work, and they were in no hurry to patch their flawed drivers). I would recommend a dual band router, and as fast of one as you can afford, most of your equipment should be on the 802.11N standard, so you would want that.

Usually, when you are setting up a VPN, you are going through a router. I'm not sure how you would go about hooking one up to a VPN, I'm curious to understand why you are trying to hook up a router to a VPN though, that may give people a better understanding of what the problem is.
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