View Full Version : Well, I finally took the plunge and ordered a TC
02-28-2003, 03:27 PM
Well, I finally took the plunge and ordered a TC1000. Now I'm looking to spend MORE money - on a wireless access point. I have cable modem access at home - anyone have a favorite AP for use with the TC1K? Maybe more relevant - can anyone tell me what models to stay away from due to compatibility issues? THANKS!!!
02-28-2003, 03:32 PM
Linksys works great for me. No issues and it is a great price.
02-28-2003, 03:34 PM
Thanks! What model are you using?
02-28-2003, 03:43 PM
My total favorite, but pricy. Orinoco (now Proxim) AP-200. Great management features, rock solid firmware, superb range, and so far is working flawlessly with various different client adapters.
02-28-2003, 03:43 PM
At this point I would get ONLY a Wireless G (802.11g) router. They are backwards compatible with the 802.11b network card that is built into your TabletPC, and for newer devices offer 4 times the speed, at nearly the same price (save the "new technology tax," per say).
I use a Linksys BEFW11S4, which is wireless and has 10/100 wired ports on the back for my desktops, worked out great for me.
02-28-2003, 03:59 PM
Thanks for the feedback guys. Just curious - has anyone tried one of these wireless/powerline network devices? I've read that the new Siemens speedstream is a great combination, but I'm skeptical.
02-28-2003, 04:29 PM
Haven't tried the Siemens combo, but I am running a couple of Linksys powerline bridges that work great. I have a Speedstream equivalent on my shopping list, but no real experiences with the combo device. Should work fine though, and I seem to recall ok reviews.
02-28-2003, 04:32 PM
My D-Link 614+ access point/router has been working flawlessly since the day I got it.
02-28-2003, 05:00 PM
One nice point on the Linksys router is that there is a signal booster available for it for about $79. I know it works, my neighbor across the street added one and I see his WAP now! Good thing we're good friends! In all seriousness though, I think the ability to boost if needed is good, but I do wish they would just include the boosted power in the base unit!
02-28-2003, 09:42 PM
I'm using a Linksys BEFW11S4 in combination with a couple of Siemens Powerline Ethernet adapters and a couple of Siemens Powerline Wireless adapters. Working great so far.
03-01-2003, 01:40 AM
quote:Originally posted by tabpcman
In all seriousness though, I think the ability to boost if needed is good, but I do wish they would just include the boosted power in the base unit!
Hear, hear, Dennis! I always thought that the signal booster was just an admission of guilt in the original AP being underpowered. My AP-200 without any external antennas or boosters reaches over a 100 feet more in every direction than my WAP11 did.
Then again, I love the approach Apple took in their latest Airport Extreme base station, where you have a slider that can adjust the power output. Great additional security feature.
03-01-2003, 02:50 AM
Yes, Linksys released a signal booster in order to make up for what their router lacked originally. However, I have no signal booster and get coverage over 150 yards away. On the other hand, I don't get coverage in my garage, 50 yards away, because it has to go through so many walls.
03-01-2003, 05:08 AM
Thanks for all the input everyone. I'll have to chew on all this and make a decision soon!
03-01-2003, 05:37 PM
Dont buy the TC1000 with the internal wireless. Mine does not work, nor did 2 others they sent me. They will not compensate you for the $100 loss either. Get the model without the wireless, buy a linksys usb adapter, get excellent signal strength anywhere in your home, and avoid dealing with customer service which has been a veritable nightmare in my experience.
03-02-2003, 02:40 AM
Just like Dennis said in the other thread - the fact that you have problems doesn't mean others will too. My work unit doesn't have any wireless problems. If others can afford and are willing to try it on their own, let them. There seem to be plenty people without major problems as well.
I'm a satisfied Linksys user too. Tried the Belkin one, but it would intermittently stop transmitting for no apparent reason.
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