Currently Being ModeratedFeb 16, 2013 7:43 PM (in response to livininfl)
I use a LinkSys E2500 ... going for about $70 these days.
I set up a wireless network:
Network name does NOT identify me -- think "EdsAntFarm" instead of my first and last name.
Password for network is random characters (a$_G1e&...) and long (others say 40 is a good length)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 16, 2013 8:17 PM (in response to livininfl)
I am biased but I think Apple's Airport Extreme or the Airport Express are tough to beat. More expensive than a LinkSys but dead reliable and the easiest router to set up and use there is. You can also find them for less in Apple's refurbished store, they come with the same warranty as new items.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 16, 2013 8:22 PM (in response to livininfl)
I had a Netgear Rangemax and it was the best router I ever used (had to discontinue when I switched ISPs and the current one requires me to use their own equipment, a modem/router combo).
In any case, please note that most routers come with setup software that'll work on Windows, but not compatible with Macs, but that is of little concern. You can very easily set up any router by following their setup instructions and going to the interface webiste (something like 168.192.x.x) and setting it up. It is not difficult. Remember the encryption and a good password and write it all down.
FWIW, one of my neighbors gave their router the name "malware server". That should keep most people away, LOL.
Edit: Unfortunately, I have to agree with rkaufmann - they are easy to set up, but I've never liked their prices.