Independence from wires

What better day than July 4th to get rid of your dependence on ethernet cables and finally go wireless? I’ve had a wireless setup at home since I got back from SXSW in 2002—that conference showed me once and for all what I was missing out on. But my Linksys router was been less-than-reliable lately, and when some deals came up for cheap routers, I jumped on them.

First, I picked up the SMC Barricade wireless router—after rebates, it comes to just . And even though I’ve already got my wireless Airport cards, here’s another deal that should be of interest to PC users: an SMC wireless PC card for only $10 after rebates. These are both real basic, 802.11b products, but so far the router is working great for me after a few days and I highly recommend it. (And if you’re not checking dealnews and its sister sites before making online purchases, try using it from now on.)

4 Responses to “Independence from wires”

  1. ash Says:

    yay mike! i haven’t gotten dropped in hours! you are my hero!

  2. james Says:

    I don’t understand all the hype about 802.11g. If you’re just using the router to share an internet connection, your cable or DSL modem is only giving you 1.5Mbps anyway, so 802.11b is plenty fast (up to 11Mbps). The only reason you’d want the faster routers is if you’re doing a lot of file transfers between machines on the local network.

    Which is all to say, grab the cheap 802.11b stuff while you can!

  3. Soz Says:

    I purchased wireless-g stuff from Linksys a few weeks ago and I love it. Love it! Did I mention I … love it? ;)

    I guess I figured since it was on sale I might as well get it. I had the same wired Linksys router from 1997-2003. If I keep the “g” gear that long it would be worth the price I think. I was also pleased that I was able to set up the wireless network myself. For some reason I wasn’t able to with the previous wired network and had to call in a geek pal to help me.

  4. Sooz Says:

    Apparently I can’t spell my name (it’s not Soz) and I typed 1997 instead of 1998. So, anyway. :)
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