Website for standard home routers for the less IT inclined?
August 15, 2004 2:02 PM   Subscribe

I'm an IT guy. I have a dad who's less than brilliant with setting up routers, using routers, and "what the hell are they for anyway?" I'd love to spend hours telling him, but is there a site that shows a good generic way to set up standard home routers?
posted by wibbler to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
Just tell him they can split your internet connection without paying having to pay any extra, and can protect him from hackers if properly implemented. If you're putting in a wireless one, add that the magic pixies send the information through the ether. Failing that, how about this one: Simple Routers. Good luck, explaining these things to my parents makes me want to tear my hair out.
posted by tetsuo at 2:29 PM on August 15, 2004

I have sent folks to practically networked before and it has been pretty helpful. Poke around there and I bet you can find a page that fits your needs.
posted by Richat at 6:42 PM on August 15, 2004

if you've got good/friendly/helpful tech support from your isp, they could probably talk him through it.
posted by juv3nal at 9:31 PM on August 15, 2004

Just explain that he needs a router that supports BGP if he wants to multi-source his internet access. If he doesn't need a T1, SDSL to back up the T1, cable modem to back up the SDSL, and a pair of dial-up lines to back up the cable-modem, then anything the dude at CompUSA recommends will be fine.

Oh, and make sure he gets a router with dual redundant power supplies, and UPSes for each.
posted by Kwantsar at 11:06 PM on August 15, 2004

No help with the setup, but --

"what the hell are they for anyway?"
posted by nakedcodemonkey at 12:18 AM on August 16, 2004

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