A couple of weeks back our old Linksys wireless router / access point died, some sort of permanent internal failure. I had been bugging She Who Is Perfect In All Ways about upgrading out wireless layout but she had resisted. Now fates had delivered her in to my hands. Bwahaha.
In any case, I had mentioned the new MIMO wireless routers, so have prepared the ground I was able to convince her to replace the old router with a cool new MIMO one. We went with the Linksys WRT54GX2. As noted in the reviews I had read, it was a major effort to get it correctly configured and operational (apparently, internet access is required in order to set it up, even if you don’t want to use the WAN or router features of the device — that’s broken). However, as advertised, once it was working it’s worked wonderfully. It hasn’t gone down once since we get it on line. And without a doubt it has much better range. We keep it in SWIPIAW’s office, which is upstairs. My office seems to have been built with a Faraday cage around it, so we had to have a second wireless access point in there to cover the house. Not any more - I now get “Good” reception there from the MIMO wireless (where before I was lucky if the access point was even detected). We also used to have problem if we went too far out in the yard, but now we get reception almost to the next street. And note, this is without upgrading any of the wireless clients at all. Definitely worth the money and effort.