UPS just dropped off my router.thank you for the post
Depends on if you like helping the govt to do research or not. If you go to broadband.gov, you can see broadband penetration in the US. However, this data is currently only based on ISP reports of speed/throughput. The free router is kind of like a neilsen box for your internet. The feds will use the data gathered to generate more reports, which in turn, will help influence future ligislation, FCC policies, grants/financial initiatives to bridge the digital divide, etc. They'll also be able to gather research related to "are you getting the service the ads say you'll get?"
In my area, we rarely get advertised speeds, yet if you look at the chart on broadband.gov, you'll see Verizon reports we get great throughput; running the various speedchecks on the net negates Verizon's claims, and cable is even worse. I eagerly signed on for this router, as I'd like to provide the govt data that will help them see how bogus the various local broadband providers claims are. The only thing that disappoints me is that the Feds choose a UK based company with which to partner on this. No US IT companies could do this?
just got the router today.after reading this i am having "big brother is watching" conspiracy thoughts.yes...i am paranoid LOL
What is a router and how does it help your computer? Do all computers need or have a router? Thanks for answering!
Received my router and I am a little disappointed. It is not wireless and it hooks up inline with the internet equipment you already have. Good thing the data will help out the FCC.
you didnt get the n300? This person did, it should have wireless n, which wont work with wireless g cards. Maybe thats the issue you're having?Received my router and I am a little disappointed. It is not wireless and it hooks up inline with the internet equipment you already have. Good thing the data will help out the FCC.
It is a N300 Wireless Router, but my PC needs a card to be wireless.
yea you'll have to pick up a wireless N card. How do you normally connect that PC to the internet though? It's a gigabit router so if its near your PC you're much better off just using an ethernet cable