View Full Version : SMC vs. Linksys routers
03-07-2001, 11:57 PM
Does anyone have an opinion about who makes better cable/dsl routers, SMC or Linksys? Since they both cost about the same, I'm not sure which one to go with. Thanks for any input!
03-08-2001, 12:10 AM
I prefer SMC over Linksys. Their routers usually come with more features for the same price, such as a print server.
I'd second the SMC. You get more features, fewer problems (a lot of people I know have had disconnect problems with the Linksys. A LOT). Also, you get more speed, roughly 4.0Mbps compared to 2.9Mbps.
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It wins for both the 7004BR (wired) and 7004WBR (wireless and wired).
03-08-2001, 04:28 PM
It also depends on what kind of connection you will use it on. There are a lot of cable or DSL setups that won't even get the 2.9Mbps.
I have the Netgear one. It works fine for the speed of my cable modem. It was also free. :D Loved those Amazon gift certificates. :)
But, ya. Between SMC and Linksys, go SMC.
03-08-2001, 06:28 PM
According to the link Apex gave, the SMC has no uplink jack. I'm no networking guru, but don't you need an uplink jack in order to share a cable modem connection, or any connection for that matter?
03-08-2001, 06:33 PM
hmmm... It should have at leat 2 jacks, one that says "local" and one that says "cable/DSL" or "remote". The "remote" one is where you connect the line coming from your cable/dsl modem and the "local" is where you connect the line going to your computer, switch, or hub.
03-08-2001, 07:34 PM
Actually on the SMC, at least mine, say WAN. WAN is where you want to plug in your cable or DSL modem.
03-09-2001, 12:02 AM
ya.. WAN, Remote.... whatever. :D
03-09-2001, 09:07 AM
I HATE the power line in on my SMC. The slightest bump or touch and the damn thing loses power. I used some electrical tape to hold it in place better. Just putting the tape on without removing the plug, it lost power a couple times. Anyone else have this problem with their SMC?
Not here. You should probably contact their tech support and get an RMA.
03-14-2001, 12:29 AM
I have the SMC router and found the COM port useful because my DSL company is screwing with me. It's always good to have a backup. I think I am using every port they put on that thing!
SOHO Routers? I have one and mine runs perfectly. Compared to my friends Router, mine is a god. he is running a LinkSys and if you just try to get two games of Counterstrike or Quake 3 going over the net, it crashes.
Whereas mine i can run 4 games on all four of my computers and not crash once.
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