More networking woes
Some of you may remember my last post
regarding my dying network card. Turns out the card wasn’t the problem! I bought a new Linksys card, which worked fine for a while, but then the problem reared its ugly head again after a day or so. Just when I was about to remove the card from my system and take it back to the shop, I decided to try another round of troubleshooting. Connected the Ethernet cable to my laptop, and lo and behold, same problem! Tried a couple different cables, moved them back and forth between the machines, and still nothing. Then I turned my focus to the router, a D-Link DI-713P. It was at this point that I realized that the link status lights (which are supposed to be solid when the link is up and idle, flashing at a moderate rate when active, off when the machine is off) were rapidly blinking on and off! In fact, they continued to blink on and off even when the computer was off, and they only turned off when I disconnected the cable.
I remembered fluke
‘s suggestion and disabled automatic link speed detection. This seems to have fixed the problem—but it’s more of a temporary fix, since I can only connect at 10 Mbps. Not so good, since I use this desktop system as a file server. I transfer raw audio files between my machines (700 MB+ a pop), and the difference in speed is painfully obvious.
Anyway, the question: what are your favorite 802.11b (or g) home/small-office class wireless routers? I’m looking to spend no more than US$100 ideally, but I’m willing to pay a bit more if it means that I’m getting something quality. Naturally, Linux compatibility is a plus (not that this is a big deal usually). Thanks for your input!