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Who Makes Your Favorite Networking Gear?

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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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Who Makes Your Favorite Networking Gear?

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  • by bziman (223162) on Wednesday August 24, 2011 @04:28PM (#37196092) Homepage Journal
    Buffalo's N150 [] ships from the factory with the open source DD-WRT [] firmware. Sure beats trying to jury-rig decent firmware over the crap the other manufacturers ship by default.
    • by sk999 (846068)

      Another +1 for Buffalo. I'm using the supplied version of DD-WRT. Very stable wireless, doesn't drop connections like the previous Linksys routers it replaced did.

  • Netgear (Score:5, Informative)

    by Microlith (54737) on Wednesday August 24, 2011 @04:35PM (#37196200)

    While consumer-level gear isn't nearly as feature-filled as some of the high end stuff, most of them at least know who their customers are.

    Netgear's WNDR-3700 is an awesome bit of hardware that (shockingly) lists the CPU, RAM, and flash storage available in the device on the outside of the package, and make no effort to prevent users from re-flashing the device. It comes with an OpenWRT derivative by default, but can be trivially flashed with a full-featured OpenWRT build that is extremely slick and makes the device even better.

    • by Phics (934282)
      Really well priced on business and enterprise stuff - all of it quite capable and where they do compete with Cisco, I'd say far more competitive. But more than just their hardware, Netgear support is awesome. They bend over backwards on both the sales and service side of things. Perhaps it is just my reps, but they are quick on the draw, and actually look forward to helping me build business with them. For many others, this always seems like an arduous chore. It is also very clear who I need to call depe
    • by micsaund (12591)

      Thanks for the tip - I've been considering getting a new router and your comment gave me a good starting point for digging around. Got a WNDR-3700 on the way!

    • by aglider (2435074)

      Netgear deserves the trash can. Not the product themselves as hardware, but the technical support.
      So-called professional product are not professional at all as far as the feature they claim to support. Try configure the FXV538 or the manageable switches!
      Home products are more expensive than average for no reason.

    • by anethema (99553)
      I'm using DD-WRT on mine right now.

      Is there a nice pre-packaged OpenWRT build for it already set up somehwere?

      Last time I messed with OpenWRT it was a real pain in the ass. Picking all these plugins, most of which were undocumented, etc etc.

      Got some good links on this ?
    • by jeffmeden (135043)

      I have a generally favorable impression of Netgear too, mostly because they still sell entry-level switches with an all metal chassis... Sure the guts might be super cheap but the fact that it feels nice and heavy and doesn't get spun off my desk as soon as a few slightly kinked network cords get plugged in go a long way toward making me feel good about what i'm buying.

  • Gee, let's just (for fun, really!) see where our audience is in terms of brand loyalty. This reeks of consumer survey. Note the lack of Cowboy Neal options. Not even a "I use cans and string you insensitive clod!" I will continue my grumbling in the corner now...
    • by Ironchew (1069966)

      I was thinking the same thing. Some geeks roll their own transceivers, which is why I was a little saddened not to see a "me" option for the DIY crowd.
      "News for consumers, stuff that hardly matters."

    • We certainly needed a "Cowboy Neal routes my packets" option. I would have voted for that.

  • Linksys has always been a good solution for my SOHO needs. My short forays into D-Link and Netgear were both disappointments. I'm now running a couple of WRT54GL with Tomato on them. This is my favorite network yet. I may be missing out on fancy 'N' speeds, but my network works and works right every time day in and day out. I'll do with 'only' 54Mbps for that.

    • by repetty (260322)

      I may be missing out on fancy 'N' speeds, but my network works and works right every time day in and day out. I'll do with 'only' 54Mbps for that.

      For most people, wireless speed is over-rated. Unless you're dragging big files between hosts on your home network (99% of people aren't) 11Mbps "B" is quite up to the task.

      Hard to convince people, though.

      • by IrquiM (471313)
        11Mbps? That's not even half of my internet connection! It might work perfectly fine if you're on dial-up or some crappy *DSL, but not when you've got a proper fiber connection.
        • by hedwards (940851)

          Most people don't have that sort of speed though. Around here the best you can get is ~8mbps, assuming that you're getting what you paid for. And that's if you're willing to deal with Comcrap, the rest of us have at most 5mbps available many are still stuck with a 1.5mbps connection because that's all that Qwest felt like providing.

          • 802.11b has a 11Mbps theoretical bandwidth, but only about 7Mbps of usable bandwidth, so no, it is not sufficient for most european users, who get 10-20Mbps xDSL or CATV connections.
      • by geekoid (135745)

        More and more people are streaming video over wireless, and B is in no way up to the task.

        Then there is latency differences, and multiple machines using the same connection point, and so on.

        If you are a house with ONE device, and you don't stream anything besides lo-res youtube, then fine.

      • by jeffmeden (135043)

        Yeah can't imagine some old person wanting to save the 250 pictures they took of their grandkids on their 16 megapixel Nikon Coolpix from their laptop to their desktop in less than... well... let's just put the time limit at "Before they die". The 500KBps a typical 802.11b network can do is not going to cut it. And before you ask, yes they are gone from the camera. You have no idea how hard it is to teach an old person at once to actually recognize that the pictures have use when moved off of the camera,

    • I'm rockin the Tomato on my ASUS wl-520 b/g router. After years of d-link, netgear, etc. routers the ASUS w/ Tomato is stable in ways I was beginning to give up on ever finding in cheap consumer gear. If the ASUS ever dies or needs to be upgraded, support for an open router firmware is the first thing I'll look for.

  • If it gets the job done, I could care less which company is imprinted in the shiny plastic.
  • I have used Cisco gear nearly exclusively for the past dozen years or so, but recently we put some Juniper equipment in our core and I will have to say that I am impressed with JunOS so far. They have a lot of features that are not in IOS. I particularly like where it retains multiple revisions of configurations making it easy to roll back if necessary. Sure, you could do that by saving various versions to TFTP with IOS, but having them right there on board is a lot handier.
    • by GaryOlson (737642)
      "commit confirmed 3"
      Damned finest command I have ever seen on network gear. All hail Juniper.
      • by nuintari (47926)

        Came here to say this. Commit confirmed is the best.

        Also, all the poll options suck, consumer grade routers are crap.

        Love my SRX100. :-P

  • I use carrier pigeons you insensitive clod!

    • I use carrier pigeons you insensitive clod!

      Do you use the original RFC 1149 [] or the later RFC 2549 [] or RFC 6214 [] in your Avian Carrier IP system? Or did you roll your own?

  • so I buy whatever's best at the time. My router at the moment is a Linksys WRT54GL, which I bought because one could flash 3rd-party firmware onto it. The cable modem's a Motorola, because it had good ratings & supports DOCSIS 3, therefore IPv6.

    For a time my computers used 3Com NICs, but that went away when 64-bit Windows came in, since there are no drivers. Now they use Realtek, simply because that's what the motherboards have & they're good enough; I'd buy Intel kit for add-on NICs and wireless

  • Cabletron token-ring 16mbps!

    • by geekoid (135745)

      Token ring! proof that the good old days, sucked.

      however in 2003 1000Mb token-ring standard had been approved.

      If corporation want to eliminate people watching video or playing games on the internet, they should use token ring. Ring Latency is a bitch.

  • Sheesh...our /. overlords ain't even pretending any more, are they?


    • by jeffmeden (135043)

      "Marketing research" would be a poll like:

      What is your favorite feature of your networking gear?

      a) Fast throughput
      b) Low Latency
      c) Ability to handle data in multiples of "station wagon full of tapes"
      d) Easy to remember default password settings

  • Kidding!! You would have to beat me senseless with a Belkin router to get me to use one..

    Up until about 2 months ago I was still running a couple bridged WRT54G's running DDWRT..
    Then the crappy Cable co provided DLink 614 cable modem took a dump.
    I said screw it and bought a Netgar WNDR3400 and a Moto DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem.

    Nice setup with a much stronger signal than the WRT54G's could muster.

    The 54G's didn't get to retire though.. Now they serve as client bridges for my BlueRay and Laser printer.

    • by Pontiac (135778)

      Aww crap there it is. Belkin right at the top of the list . My mind couldn't even acknowledge it's presence..

  • Juniper or Dell. Dell make some great (and affordable) stackable managed switches.

  • Apple? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    No really the airport basestation line have been real work horses for me. They have had a usb port for a long time and are easy to configure to share a USB printer and or a hard drive. Bunches of small businesses and residential customers on them and still on them because they last more than three years... hear me Cisco? three years is an unacceptable lifetime even for consumer equipment.

  • Buffalo. Why aren't they on the list?
  • SonicWALL for firewall and other network appliances. HP for their ProCurve switch lineup.

    • by Cimexus (1355033)

      Yes I have to say I'm a big fan of HP ProCurve. Cisco-grade quality without Cisco-grade prices IMO.

    • I would never use another SonicWall.

      Unintuitive interface, useless support, bad and ambiguous documentation. I'd rather run a Cisco ASA, the Cisco may be a lot more complex, but it's a hell of a lot easier to figure out. For a small business, I'd recommend a Fortigate (Fortinet)
      • Sonic OS v5 isn't that bad. Check out their GUI demo website. []

        • by mjwx (966435)

          Sonic OS v5 isn't that bad. Check out their GUI demo website.

          Seen it but I'm pretty unimpressed after using FortiOS 3 and FortiOS 4 is a heck of a lot better then that. If I have one complaint about Fortinet/Fortigates is that they keep changing bits of the UI between versions, FortiOS 4 MR1 was a major overhaul (it was a good one though), MR3 changed the location of a few things.

          It's the Sonicwall service that really grated me the wrong way though, with FortiNet a tech stay up to 11 PM (US time) so he could help me with a client's Foritigate at 11 AM (Australia t

      • Yeah I've only heard bad stuff about SonicWall, often rated in the same league as Watchguard, which I can confirm from experience, is shit.

  • they also OEM for many other stackable Ethernet brands (Dell, IBM, HP)
  • Inexpensive, basic use: TP-Link

    Inexpensive, advanced use: EnGenius/Senao

    Reliable switches: HP

    Reliable routers: Juniper

  • I'd vote HP Procurve if it was an option, my budget doesn't stretch to Cisco.

    Who votes D-Link? Home users and people who find features confusing?

    There are plenty of missing options on this one.

  • by ebcdic (39948)

    This poll is so boring I can't even tell which is the joke option.

  • Gandalf. Ethernet is over-rated.
  • Apple, actually. (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Apple's AirPort line is top notch as far as consumer-friendly interfaces and cost-value ratio. Sure, they aren't the most flexible solutions out there if you're a professional or willing to tinker with unsupported firmware for a few hours, but for 99% of consumers, Apple got it exactly right.

  • by gpuk (712102)

    If you can't afford Cisco, it's Draytek all the way!

    Always puzzles me why they don't get more love.

  • by pslam (97660) on Thursday August 25, 2011 @03:47PM (#37211112) Homepage Journal
    The missing option is: "They all suck". None are my favorite. I only buy that crap out of necessity, and generally curse its cheap unreliability every day.
  • by theurge14 (820596) on Thursday August 25, 2011 @04:23PM (#37211612)

    Yeah, I went there.

    (after owning routers by Linksys, D-Link and Belkin... never again)

  • by msobkow (48369) on Friday August 26, 2011 @01:11AM (#37215746) Homepage Journal

    SneakerNet of cases of DVDs is still often the fastest network around.

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