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Which router to use? The
dpillow Oct-18-00 06:45 PM
I have a simple home network application to use with my new cable modem. Windows 2000 Pro on three computers and a single computer with Win 98 SE. I also have an HP500 print share device with three printers connected.

My question is, what would be the best product to use with my @HOME internet connection? The "BEFSR41 from Linksys" or the "SMC7004BR"? Any input from the group would be greatly appreciated.

Dennis E. Pillow

1. RE: Which router to use? The
lbyard Oct-18-00 07:55 PM
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In my opinion it is pretty much a toss-up for your application. I have tested both, reviewed the SMC product, and will publish a review on the Linksys product soon. I believe the SMC router costs less. The SMC box has a printer server, which you probably do not need. The Linksys router does not. Beyond that is gets down to smaller, toss-up items: The Barricade has a serial port can be used with a external, dial-up MODEM to connect to the Internet. Linksys cannot do this. The SMC box has a power switch, the Linksys box does not. The Linksys box has a little nicer user interface, but that is pretty much a matter of taste and something most people won’t use much. The Linksys box can be hung on a wall, the Barricade cannot. The Barricade comes with two cables, Linsys does not. The Linksys router has an uplink port and the Barricade does not. But that doesn't mean much. The Linksys uplink port is shared with one of the regular ports and both cannot be used at the same time. The Barricade can uplink from a regular port to an “uplink” port on a hub or switch with a straight-thru cable and to a regular port with a crossover cable. It easier to clone an Ethernet Mac address on the Barricade than with the Linksys router and I had to download and install a firmware upgrade to do it on the Linksys unit. Both are very good products. Larry

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dpillow Oct-19-00 02:33 AM
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Thank you for the great input. I believe that the SMC might be the one for me.

Dennis E. Pillow

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sxz4871 Oct-24-00 08:13 PM
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I just placed an order to purchase a SMC broadband router to work with my soon-installed-cable-modem, after I read your message. Your advise was very helpful. I was struggling with which one to buy too and I haven't seen any article to do a comparison. LinkSys seems more popular among users. But I think SMC is much more a bargain, with $20 rebate and $30 off from buy.com. It also includes a couple of cables. And from your article, they seemed pretty even in comparison. I wonder if you know any pro and cons for the two products, performance and reliability wise. Thanx

4. RE: Which router to use? The
lbyard Oct-25-00 08:03 PM
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I have no more info. Larry

5. RE: Which router to use? The
dpillow Oct-25-00 11:51 PM
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Can you let me know how it works and how easy or hard it is to setup?

Thanks a lot,

Dennis E. Pillow

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sxz4871 Nov-03-00 01:45 PM
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Hi, Dennis. I was trying to post you a message yesterday but the forum went down in the middle of my writing. To make the story short, I did receive my SMC router last week, but I just got a chance to open it a couple of days ago because I was busy moving. It does come with 2 network cables but no paper manuals (a cd rom instead). But it really doesn't take a genius to figure it out. BTW, my scheduled cable modem installation is almost another 2 weeks away. But I was able to hook up my two PC together (thru the router) within 2 minutes. I was also able to connect my only HP printer (to the router) to be shared by the two system. This was a bit surprise to me cause I thought even with the build-in printer server, I still need a network printer (with network card) to make it work. I'm glad I was wrong though. Anyway, so far so good. I will keep you informed.

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lbyard Nov-03-00 01:55 PM
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Sorry about that. I took the forum down to back it up. I'll announce this sort of outage in the future. Larry

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dbazzz Dec-20-00 04:08 AM
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I read somewhere the linksys router is able to block internal users from accessing the Internet though a menu. Can the SMC do that? I would like to be able to control the kids access. Do you connect the printer directly to the SMC and will it make it available to all users on the network?

10. RE: Which router to use? The
lbyard Dec-20-00 09:42 PM
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You can block/allow certain ports by groups of PCs (IP addresses), one of which is all http addresses, etc., but I don't see where you can block specific sites. The Linksys router works in a somewhat similar matter. A printer can be connected directly to the Barricade and shared by all. Larry

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