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    Recommended BT Wireless Router For Mac

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    Question Recommended BT Wireless Router For Mac
    Hi,

    I recently brought a BT 2110 router but my MacBook was unable to connect dispite having full signal etc. After much troubleshooting i'm returning the router.

    Now, can anybody recommend a BT wireless router which is proven to work well with Macs?

    Thanks

    Simon

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    Recommended BT Wireless Router For Mac
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    I highly recommend this model:

    D-Link Xtreme N Gigabit Router

    It's a little pricey, but well worth it. Excellent signal strength, good security options and easy to setup.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    Thanks for the suggestion, but i'd prefer somthing a little more affordable for now.

    Also, is it possible to use a neatgear router, or any other brand of router, with a BT internet subscription? As you may have noticed i'm no expert on wireless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swhyard View Post
    Thanks for the suggestion, but i'd prefer somthing a little more affordable for now.

    Also, is it possible to use a neatgear router, or any other brand of router, with a BT internet subscription? As you may have noticed i'm no expert on wireless.
    I assume BT stands for British Telecom? If so, did they supply you with a modem, or was their router a combination modem and router?
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    Yeah, it is British Telecom. They supplied me with a standard modem which provides a wired connection only. It was the newer model I brought which was ment to replace it, but as my MacBook would not connect properly, I am again looking for a new router.

    My second post was just to see whether a router made by a seperate company would be compatible with my existing internet connection.

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    Recommended BT Wireless Router For Mac
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    Yes, any router should work with it - you'll just connect it to your modem.

    I would steer clear of Netgear, however. Linksys and D-Link are the two brands I recommend.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    Thanks, I was just using Netgear as an example though.

    At the moment I'm just worried that the same thing will happen and i'll buy a router and it won't connect to my Mac properly.

    Can anyone recommend an affordable router that is tried and tested to work with Macs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by swhyard View Post
    Can anyone recommend an affordable router that is tried and tested to work with Macs?
    The Linksys WRT54GL has been around forever and is affordable and works well with Macs. Make sure you get the "L" revision, and not "S". This is the model I'm talking about:

    Linksys by Cisco Wireless-G Broadband Router WRT54GL
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    Thanks a lot for your help with this, it is much appreciated. I'll probaly order one once I sort out returning the BT router.

    Thanks again

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    you could buy a used "last generation" Apple Airport Exteme Base Station (the dome-shaped one). Connects to the modem and provides 802.11g wireless and a USB printer port (along with 1 spare ethernet port). On eBay you can get one for USD$30-$50, and the Mac's Airport Utility will see it and make set up and management very easy.

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    I second the Linksys WRT54GL. Like CWA said, be sure it's the GL version and not the plain WRT54 or WRT54S. Just a note, the Linksys is Wireless G. That will be fine for any Internet usage. A reliable N router costs more like the Dlink that CWA suggested. Great router but more expensive.

    Also with the router you are returning, did you try hooking up to it with a Cat-5 cable? Did that work or no internet like with WiFi? Also did you use encryption like WEP, WPA, WPA2?

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