new router

I dropped off my Dad’s old computer monitor and an old CRT TV at Best Buy for recycling today. While I was there, I picked up a new Netgear router, model WNDR3700-100NAS. Since my old router died a while back, I’ve been using an old D-Link. It was working OK, except that I had to power cycle it every morning, otherwise it wouldn’t work with my MacBook for some reason. And I often had to power cycle it after using it copy any large files. So I decided to pick up something more powerful. I was looking at a variety of routers, but I picked this one up pretty much on a whim.

Looking around at reviews and such, I see that Small Net Builder likes it, and there’s a positive thread about it on DSL Reports. So I have high hopes.

I just finished setting up all (ok, most) of my devices to attach to it. I definitely have too many wireless devices in the house. I’ve got the MacBook, Dell laptop, Acer netbook, iPod Touch, iPad, Wii, PS3, and Apple TV. (Technically, I still have a Tivo also, but I’m not really using it anymore.) No problem connecting any of those to the normal 2.4 Ghz side. I haven’t really messed with the 5 Ghz side yet. I’m not really sure which of my devices (if any) support it and would benefit from it. I haven’t really been following this stuff lately, so I don’t know that much about it.

I also haven’t hooked up a USB drive to the thing yet, but I plan to do that. I have enough drives scattered around my apartment that it shouldn’t be a problem to find one and hook it up. Then I can start playing around with the idea of setting up some automated backups to it, maybe. (Not full backups, but just key file backups from my desktop and laptops.)

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