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Topic # 61967 26-May-2010 19:55 Send private message

The original Best Wirless 802.11n ADSL router topic is now locked so I wondered whether I can get some further help.

Cyril mentioned the DSE XH9949, but that seems to have been discontinued.
Is there another recommendation?

Connected to the modem, Cyril recommended the Ubiquiti Rocket M2.

Is this setup, something that the average person can get working out of the box?

I have the DSH XH9950 802.11g (1 antenna) but think I need something which outputs a stronger wi-fi signal.
My Tivo box has a hard time finding my wireless network, where as a PlayonHD Mini with a 11g/n dongle, not 40cm away has no problems.








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  Reply # 337485 2-Jun-2010 18:38 Send private message

Anyone?
I just need a recommendation for reliable equipment that will send out a strong signal





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  Reply # 337622 3-Jun-2010 00:37 Send private message

What's between your Tivo and your wireless access point? Any lead paint, metal framing in the walls?

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  Reply # 337924 3-Jun-2010 16:41 Send private message

i just got a couple of rocket M2 devices on my desk today. they dont come with antenna's so you would need to buy suitable antennas to go with them. other than that, they are looking pretty easy to set up. They did come with PoE injectors which is great.

There is a wiki on their support site with various scenarios described but you're probably looking at the following:

http://www.ubnt.com/wiki/index.php?title=Simple_AP_Setup

In that setup, the "gateway" would be your ADSL Router.

Antenna Question: would a couple of antenna's off my old USR8054 suffice as temporary antennas? USR Antennas are: "Dual dipole antennas with reverse polarity SMA connectors easily detaches for upgrading/replacing for enhanced performance.". They bolt straight on, but will they work OK - at least for wireless B or G?




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  Reply # 338076 3-Jun-2010 22:16 Send private message


Antenna Question: would a couple of antenna's off my old USR8054 suffice as temporary antennas? USR Antennas are: "Dual dipole antennas with reverse polarity SMA connectors easily detaches for upgrading/replacing for enhanced performance.". They bolt straight on, but will they work OK - at least for wireless B or G?


Answer:  yep, it appears that it works fine.  All was looking grim - nothing was connecting, not even when a few inches away from the AP - until i trawled the UBNT forums and discovered that I needed to drop the "Channel Width" setting from its defult of "40 MHz" down to "20 MHz".




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  Reply # 338361 4-Jun-2010 19:53 Send private message

20MHz makes your N not that great for thruput.




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  Reply # 338709 6-Jun-2010 08:56 Send private message

richms: 20MHz makes your N not that great for thruput.


And 40MHz generally prevents your b/g equipment from connecting to the wireless network.  I know because I had a Rocket M2 for a short while and none of my g equipment would connect (two iPhones and a laptop).

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  Reply # 338964 7-Jun-2010 09:40 Send private message

Thats strange, flatmates is on 40MHz so crapping all over my video sender, and G stuff is connecting fine to it.

I would be blaming the router not the 40MHz setting for any problems. His is a cheap Dlink as well so hardly something known to be robust or good.




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  Reply # 338976 7-Jun-2010 11:08 Send private message

Ragnor: What's between your Tivo and your wireless access point? Any lead paint, metal framing in the walls?


Nothing that I think is significant and definately none of the above.

I find that my home network is one of the last to be seen by the TiVo. Even then, it may not appear for a day or so.

One thing I did not mention is that the TV (50"), TiVo and dongle are on a (big) trolley so that I can move the postion of the TV to suite either the kitchen table or the family room.

Moving the trolley usually drops the signal after a while.

Signal according to Tivo, when it finds it, is around 70-80%.

Sometimes, I get Gateway not found.

So, coming back to the original thread, what is a recommendation for a modem + separate router or modem/router (combined).





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  Reply # 339111 7-Jun-2010 19:24 Send private message

The TP Link TD 8840 is a good ADSL modem and 4 port switch. You could pair that with the Rocket M2 mentioned earlier or anything you want eg: Linksys WRT54GL or Asus WLG-520GU running custom third party firmware (DD-WRT/Tomato).

For an all in one unit I'd take a look at the:
Netcomm (aka Dynalink) NB6PLUS4W, this is basically an upgraded Dynalink RTA1025W but with Wireless N instead of G.

http://www.gearbot.co.nz/store_products/search/TP-Link%20TD-8840/
http://www.gearbot.co.nz/store_products/search/NB6PLUS4W/

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  Reply # 339785 9-Jun-2010 13:39 Send private message

on a related note, what do people think of this brand/model of wifi AP:  EnGenius ESR-9752 802.11b/g/n Wireless Router/Repeater

I know it's not ADSL (which I don't need). I'm just looking for a low cost, reliable Wifi AP for use in the office, that supports WMM. Would like N as well, but not essential.

My normal preference these days is for Draytek, but as I'm not paying for this one, I don't think the budget would extend that far in this case. 




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  Reply # 339795 9-Jun-2010 14:04 Send private message

AndrewTD: I'm just looking for a low cost, reliable Wifi AP for use in the office, that supports WMM 


saw the following on firstin today - its certainly 'cheap'

http://www.firstin.co.nz/products/linksys-wrt120n-wireless-n-router-2656/

recertified Linksys WRT120N for $69.99

i have zero experience with this AP, so can't say good/bad or otherwise




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  Reply # 340009 9-Jun-2010 23:27 Send private message

If they have a quantity of recertified ones, that says a lot about the return rate on them.

Perhaps they have sorted software issues that made all the returns, perhaps not. I would really look into the track record of the device before getting it.




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  Reply # 340042 10-Jun-2010 01:42 Send private message

they had a line something like this on the auction - "recertified products are probably more reliable than originals as they go through stricter testing to ensure they work as they are supposed to"




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  Reply # 340043 10-Jun-2010 01:46 Send private message

"works" for a linksys product can vary a lot.

Remember the original software for the WRT-54G routers before all the open source ones came available? It was dire, crashing all the time etc.

It may meet linksyses specs for working but be totally useless for real world. Thats the problem I have had with all the consumer router brands - lockups that they just say "power cycle the router" or "factory reset and reconfigure" as the solutions rather than an actual solution.




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