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Which wireless modem/router is reccommended?



 
 
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Old October 21st 08, 02:24 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Ken
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Default Which wireless modem/router is reccommended?

Fed up with restarting my Belkin router and having numerous connection
problems so thought I would buy a new router. What are your thoughts? Only
using for simple surfing and emailing.

Ken


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Old October 21st 08, 03:17 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Mortimer
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Default Which wireless modem/router is reccommended?

"Ken" Reply to NG only wrote in message
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Fed up with restarting my Belkin router and having numerous connection
problems so thought I would buy a new router. What are your thoughts? Only
using for simple surfing and emailing.


I've been very pleased with my Netgear DG834GT which I've had for about 5
years now.

I've also installed about 30 DG834Gs, GTs and PNs for customers, and they
have always worked well.

I liek the fact that they have a log file for startup problems, to help
disgnose if the router has problem logging onto broadband.

Routers to avoid (in my experience) are Linksys (poor reliability) and Dlink
(certainly the G604T - user interface is a pain and values keep reverting
after being manually changed, despite saving them explicitly).

Also I find BT HomeHubs (as opposed to Voyagers) are tedious: they come
pre-configured for WEP and it's very difficult to get them to use WPA
instead. I very much like the fact that they come with an encryption key
pre-configured but it's a shame that it's WEP.


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Old October 21st 08, 03:56 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Ato_Zee
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Default Which wireless modem/router is reccommended?


Fed up with restarting my Belkin router and having numerous connection
problems so thought I would buy a new router. What are your thoughts?
Only
using for simple surfing and emailing.


To some extent your best choice depends on your line and level of
expertise.
I have tried a number of modems, the worst gave me a BRAS profile
of adsl1500 and sync speed 2528, the best moved me up to
adsl4000 sync speed 4768 and stable. BRAS as reported by Zen's
customer portal, and sync speed as reported by the router.
This higher BRAS came from setting my target SNR lower using
DMT tool, Google for it, there are several versions for different
brands of modem/router, the versions are not successive releases,
but releases for different hardware.
Then pick a quality brand of modem/router from the list.
Being able to set a target SNR is a real bonus because you can
raise the target for stability, or lower it for higher sync speed
(though you won't maintain a higher sync speed if the line is
noisy).
Originally my SNR margin seemed a default of about 12dB,
currently it is 6.7dB, but has been down to 3.8dB with a
stable connection.
So go for a quality product that preferably supports DMT tool,
for flexibility, and if possible buy it from a high street catalog
or other outlet with a 16 or 30 day return option. Then if
you aren't happy with it, or it doesn't work with your line,
you can return it, temporally go back to the Belkin, and have
a rethink.
There have been comments about Belkin that you should
keep an extinguisher beside them, and a fan playing on
them. It may be a urban myth, or only apply to some
models in their range.
Try to keep any wallwart PSU or other PSU away from the
modem router itself, most come with long enough leads.
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Old October 21st 08, 04:08 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Stephen Howard
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Default Which wireless modem/router is reccommended?

On Tue, 21 Oct 2008 14:24:41 +0100, "Ken" Reply to NG only wrote:

Fed up with restarting my Belkin router and having numerous connection
problems so thought I would buy a new router. What are your thoughts? Only
using for simple surfing and emailing.

I have a Buffalo wireless router that's performed faultlessly for over
a year now - and it's on 24/7.
Perhaps not the most intuitive control panel I've seen, nor the most
helpful manual, but it shouldn't be a problem for most people.

The high power PCMCIA wireless cards are excellent too - and if you're
able to make use of the AOSS function, security is easy to set up.

Regards,


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Old October 21st 08, 04:33 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
The Natural Philosopher
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Default Which wireless modem/router is reccommended?

Ato_Zee wrote:
Fed up with restarting my Belkin router and having numerous connection
problems so thought I would buy a new router. What are your thoughts?
Only
using for simple surfing and emailing.


There have been comments about Belkin that you should
keep an extinguisher beside them, and a fan playing on
them. It may be a urban myth, or only apply to some
models in their range.
Try to keep any wallwart PSU or other PSU away from the
modem router itself, most come with long enough leads.


Frind had a belkin wireless. It just died.

He's go a netgear now.. Seems OK except no SNMP facility.
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Old October 21st 08, 04:37 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
J B
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Default Which wireless modem/router is reccommended?

"Mortimer" wrote in message
et...

I've been very pleased with my Netgear DG834GT which I've had for about 5
years now.


I've got one of those - t'was recommended to me by my 'expert'

Seems to do 'what is says on the tin'.


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Old October 21st 08, 05:03 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Peter Crosland
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Default Which wireless modem/router is reccommended?

Fed up with restarting my Belkin router and having numerous connection
problems so thought I would buy a new router. What are your thoughts? Only
using for simple surfing and emailing.



Spend 20 on a 2Wire 2700HGV also known as a BT Business hub on eBay. Out
performs just about anything else unless you have some specialised
requirements. Particularly good on noisy or long lines.

Peter Crosland


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Old October 21st 08, 05:45 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Michael Chare
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Default Which wireless modem/router is reccommended?

"Ken" Reply to NG only wrote in message
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Fed up with restarting my Belkin router and having numerous connection
problems so thought I would buy a new router. What are your thoughts? Only
using for simple surfing and emailing.



You might want to consider a wireless router that supports the new but as
yet unratified 'n' standard. This provides better range and speed when used
with a compatible device.

Alternatively you might find that by agreeing to a new 12 month contract
your ISP will provide a free wifi router, as Pipex have done for me.


--
Michael Chare

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Old October 21st 08, 05:50 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
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Default Which wireless modem/router is reccommended?

On Tue, 21 Oct 2008 17:03:05 +0100, "Peter Crosland"
wrote:

Spend 20 on a 2Wire 2700HGV also known as a BT Business hub on eBay. Out
performs just about anything else unless you have some specialised
requirements. Particularly good on noisy or long lines.


Just to add my agreement to this recommendation.

I got a brand new one from EBay (9.99 inc postage, sorry Peter :-) )
and it's great. My old routers (3 of them) would only sync reliably at
around 4500 to 5500, and even then would often still re sync every few
days. The 2700 syncs at around 6500 to 6900 and, in the three months or
so I've had it, has never dropped out.

--
Ian

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Old October 21st 08, 06:18 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
The Natural Philosopher
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Default Which wireless modem/router is reccommended?

IanB wrote:
On Tue, 21 Oct 2008 17:03:05 +0100, "Peter Crosland"
wrote:

Spend 20 on a 2Wire 2700HGV also known as a BT Business hub on eBay. Out
performs just about anything else unless you have some specialised
requirements. Particularly good on noisy or long lines.


Just to add my agreement to this recommendation.

I got a brand new one from EBay (9.99 inc postage, sorry Peter :-) )
and it's great. My old routers (3 of them) would only sync reliably at
around 4500 to 5500, and even then would often still re sync every few
days. The 2700 syncs at around 6500 to 6900 and, in the three months or
so I've had it, has never dropped out.

So what's the best WIRED router, with NAT and SNMP?
 




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