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    I need a new wireless Router, any suggestions?

    After about six months my D-Link wireless router/ modem thingy died now I need a new one.

    I need and ADSL wireless modem and it needs to have two USB ports that allows the use of an external HDD and a printer, it seems some will only do storage and not allow the use of printers or scanners.

    I'm not really concerned about speed as sending messages via pigeons is almost as quick asmy internet.

    The more I look the more confused I get with all of the different standards.

    I am currently using my Pocket WiFi unit but that gets expensive if I run over my cap.

    Thanks for the help.



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    Netgear - CENTRIA WNDR4700/4720.

    I haven't tied this but I have been thinking about it:

    WNDR4700

    I just wish it had some sort of RAID setup for easy backup. It does have 2 USB ports so can run an external 2GB Harddrive as a duplicate. You can Share your USB hard drive and multi-function printer.
    CENTRIA

    WNDR4700/4720

    • The center of your digital home
    • Easily safeguard your files & media with automatic back-up
    • Share & stream your movies, music, photos
    • Enjoy high-performance connectivity throughout your home


    Simplify your digital home with NETGEAR CENTRIA. Easy to set up, use and manage, CENTRIA is an all-in-one device with 3 essential functions. It's an Automatic Back-Up system for your PC & Mac that safeguards all of your data; a Media Server that centrally and securely stores your media and is accessible from any Internet-enabled device; and a high-performance N900 WiFi router.
    Available in two models-Model WNDR4720 comes with an internal 2TB hard drive, while Model WNDR4700 is storage-ready-just add your own hard drive into its internal storage bay. The internal hard drive can be easily upgraded anytime. Both models come with two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports for adding even more storage, should you need it. An SD card reader affords simple, single-click backup of media to the internal hard drive.

    WNDR4700


    Package Contents

    • NETGEAR CENTRIA – WNDR4700 (internal hard drive not included) or WNDR4720 (2 TB hard drive included)
    • Ethernet cable
    • Power adapter, localized to country of sale
    • Quick Install Guide

    Physical Specifications

    • Dimensions: 256 x 206 x 85 mm (10.08 x 8.11 x 3.35 in)
    • Weight: 0.87 kg (1.92 lb)

    Standards

    • Five (5) 10/100/1000 (1 WAN and 4 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports with auto-sensing technology
    • Two (2) USB 3.0 ports
    • One (1) SD card slot
    • IEEE® 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz
    • IEEE 802.11 a/n 5.0 GHz

    Warranty

    • Warranty localized to country of sale

    System Requirements

    • Microsoft® Windows 7, Vista®, XP®, 2000, Mac OS®, UNIX®, or Linux®
    • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 5.0, Firefox® 2.0, Safari® 1.4, or Google ChromeTM browsers or higher
    • Use laptop with 3x3 450 Mbps adapter like Centrino® 6300/5300 for maximum performance
    • Supports Windows® 8

    Security

    • WiFi Protected Access® (WPA/WPA2—PSK)
    • Double firewall protection (SPI and NAT firewall)
    • Denial-of-service (DoS) attack prevention

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    Wow that does look nice, turns out I don't need one now as it seems new firmware fixed it.

    I do however still need a wireless dongle that will let me use an old printer with this router, any suggestions on that?
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    What's the wireless dongle for? Your laptop or the printer itself?

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    For the printer.

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    To tell the truth I don't know much about using a dongle on a printer, can it be done?

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    Looking around you maybe better getting a printer with wireless built in than buying a dongle for it. There seems to be very few options for USB wifi dongles that work with printers. Mainly just some old HP ones that have been discontinued.

    Or setup a NAS box and connect the printer to that, that way you can have a streaming media centre and printer running of the USB port.

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    Here's Harris Technology's NAS gear list nas | ht.com.au

    This one is decently priced and has 2 USB:
    Buffalo LinkStation Quad NAS server | ht.com.au

    netgear NAS | ht.com.au by netgear, there's other brands etc.

    Most don't come with Harddrives so you have to factor that into the cost. You could of course go all out and get one like this: QNAP TS-469 Pro Turbo NAS - NAS server - 0 GB | ht.com.au with 5 USB ports. but you may as well just put together a computer from spare parts from a technology fair.

    There's one near you on the 2nd and 16th of December: Newcastle PCYC Broadmeadow - go in knowing the prices of what you're buying though as sometimes you can get them cheaper at places like HT, better still is have a phone that can check prices


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