General Networking/Lan/Wan/Suggest a Wireless Router

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Hello John ,

  I want to purchase a wireless router for my home (medium). As there are many companies with wide range, I am a bit confused. I am presently using "Dlink dir 524" (old one), I hardly get a signal from 10 meters away.
  I checked on internet for range of models, I saw a model "D-Link DIR-600L Wireless N 150 Cloud Router", this is within my budget for home. But, I am apprehensive about the word "cloud" and the security concerns for browsing info, personal data etc., and also that this is a Taiwan/chinese company.

  What is the difference between "D'link Dir-600L" & "D'link Dir-600M". Which one is preferred?

  Can you throw some light on it and suggest me any other router (any company including Dlink) at the earliest, as wish to purchase immediately.

thanks
Sumazu

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Chances are the word "cloud" is included for marketing reasons, only.  If you want flexibility in transmit/receive power I suggest finding a router with removable antennae, then replacing each stock antenna with an antenna that has more gain.  The antennae will come from a different vendor.  

Regarding differences, do a Google search like this, including parenthesis

         Dlink ( 600L or 600M ) ( compare OR comparison )

Hope this was helpful.

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John Crout

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Can answer questions about Architecture, FedRamp, NIST requirements, and actor roles. Cannot answer questions that are platform-specific to Windows.

Experience

Securing systems since 1982. Tip: Switching from a system that is (statistically) more prevalent to one that is less prevalent will help. 15 years supporting small business use of Windows and Linux networks and systems. Development software. NIST Cloud Security Working Group Contributor.

Organizations
Information Systems Security Association, (ISC)2, ACM

Publications
www.nist.gov/itl/cloud/upload/SP_500_293_volumeII.pdf

Education/Credentials
MPH, BSEE

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