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  Reply # 826289 27-May-2013 14:28 12 people support this post Send private message

This new device should be capable of being used by John Q Public, and no router/gateway I have yet worked with has a usable GUI that I could say with any level of certainty, was usable to this extent - therefore:

* The UI should be designed by proper UX and IA experts
* The UI should be properly tested by John Q Public
 *The UI should be coded by people who know how to build UIs in HTML5

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  Reply # 826291 27-May-2013 14:31 One person supports this post Send private message

An original idea is having Arduino integration for the home hobbyist to design and make there own projects. This can inspire anyone to make something or does something via the Internet or the local Network. The possibilities are only your imagination.

For example each time your internet connection is running slow it could control a set of Multi-coloured LEDs. Red for bad and Green for good/excellent.

This would be very good for school projects. Getting Kids involved into internet technologies, programming, electronics and even micro electronics.

Also the Arduino is cheap, open-source, the internet has truck loads of Arduino projects available for free.

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  Reply # 826301 27-May-2013 14:38 5 people support this post Send private message

A router mood indicator.

On the LCD Panel in the front (someone else suggested) there would be a face (a bit like a fitbit).
Smiling: Everything is working fine
Neutral: Small issue/Performance issue
Sad: Connection Loss/Malfunction.

The glowing telecom logo (That someone else suggested) would also change colour:
Telecom Blue: All working fine
Orange: Small issue/Performance issue
Red: Connection Loss/Malfunction.





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Wannabe Geek
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  Reply # 826306 27-May-2013 14:41 7 people support this post Send private message

- Support for firewall rules which are not limited to TCP and UDP... i.e. support GRE, SCTP, etc.
- Rack mountable (via an optional bracket).
- OpenVPN client (with UDP support).
- Gigabit network interfaces (DMZ, WAN, LAN).

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  Reply # 826317 27-May-2013 14:47 5 people support this post Send private message

Ability to set quotas and/or throttle traffic e.g. 10 gig for user joe.bloggs at full speed after which throttle to 64kbps

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  Reply # 826318 27-May-2013 14:48 9 people support this post Send private message

NAT should be stateful and able to cope with outbound UDP services such as games. Some other Telecom-supplied devices (I'm looking at YOU, Thompson) are ... not very good at it.




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  Reply # 826320 27-May-2013 14:50 3 people support this post Send private message

mcraenz: I'd like to see a rechargeable battery backup so all the laptops, smartphones tablets etc in the house still have Wi-Fi in the event of a power cut. This could be a built in battery li-ion or a slot of 4 Nm-hi AA batteries.

(Disclaimer, I think this idea hasn't been posted yet because I did text search for the word battery on every page. I'll do a proper check now...)

Bet me to it... My idea below might be compatible with a built-in battery too.

I suggest backup power would be through a USB charging port or 12V cable to an external battery pack. It needs to have a setting for type of battery and some battery conditioning function. An external battery pack could be bundled with the router that manages charging/conditioning/monitoring functions, and does a fast charge if taken outside and plugged into the car (during an extended outage).

The router should manage its internal services for reduced power when running on battery, slowing or shutting down hungry/low priority services in stages as battery voltage drops so that only basic Ethernet (not PoE) and POTS are running by the time battery gets to say 50%.

Lifeline POTS is powered remotely (from Telecom or the ONT) so should be used to top up the battery power. Telecom could charge for old phone lines to stay powered even without phone numbers.




Qualified in business, certified in fibre, stuck in copper, have to keep going  ^_^

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  Reply # 826322 27-May-2013 14:51 Send private message

I've noticed just on the first couple of pages there are a few silly requests. I don't think a free modem should be packed with full HD media center... using Open Source / OpenWRT is a fantastic idea, but no matter what you do.. please include is the ability to setup STATIC ROUTES.. the last 10 modems I've played with from various ISP's have no option for setting static routes.. hide it in an admin/advanced screen but give people the option..

Needs:
* ADSL
* Wifi (that doesn't lock up)
* Maybe a SIP Line
* Static Routes
* Half/Full bridge mode (to offload NAT to a bigger router)
* VPN/SIP/IPSec Passthrough and QoS
* Port forwarding
Optional:
* USB Storage
* 3G Modem Support
* Vlans, etc
* WDS (Wifi Repeating, or whatever the latest standards are)


Just my 2c :)

-Blair

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Master Geek
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  Reply # 826323 27-May-2013 14:53 7 people support this post Send private message

Can't believe no-one has mentioned this already...

If it is to support UFB and Wireless-N then it needs to have gigiabit ethernet ports and be fast enough to handle a throughput of at least 100Mb down and 20Mb up.




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  Reply # 826324 27-May-2013 14:54 Send private message

antilogic: I've noticed just on the first couple of pages there are a few silly requests. I don't think a free modem should be packed with full HD media center... using Open Source / OpenWRT is a fantastic idea, but no matter what you do.. please include is the ability to setup STATIC ROUTES.. the last 10 modems I've played with from various ISP's have no option for setting static routes.. hide it in an admin/advanced screen but give people the option..


This will not be a free modem. This is planned as a mid / high end modem/gatway.





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  Reply # 826326 27-May-2013 14:57 4 people support this post Send private message

Any ISP/Telecom specific components should be implemented in a way that is both

a) Replaceable by a competing ISP before distribution to the user
b) Replaceable by the user by downloading the component from their ISP ( or a third party )


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  Reply # 826330 27-May-2013 15:01 3 people support this post Send private message

Well personally I think the most important feature set is self diagnosis. IE if the connection is down the router helps to determine possible causes and displays a dialogue when a user attempts to browse the web. So it the ADSL is down the router displays a page indicating that the user needs to check the phone lead, make sure the phone line is working from a phone - Has there been anyone installing anything new (Sky installer / Alarm installer etc) since it was last working.

If the PPP is failing perhaps it can even try a fail over telecom account for diagnostic purposes.

A test button on the router that attempts to phone home to telecom so it can reply with a message on the screen to indicate the router itself is online and functional so the user knows to look to problems with the PC itself.

Anything they can do to minimize helpdesk calls is going to make both parties lives easier. I constantly have people ring me saying their emails not working and I have to ask them to try browsing the internet and tell me what happens - Then I have the call of either 1) Tell them to ring Telecom or 2) Me go onsite with a spare router to test things myself and ring Telecom if need be. If they can simply hit a button on the router and confirm whether the router itself thinks its happy it rules a few things out and I can talk the customer through more troubleshooting.

Next would be good configurable port forwarding with different internal and external port redirection (Some very good routers won't let you do redirection still), preferable a spreadsheet-like interface to edit the port forwarding so its not a constant click, edit, save, reboot - Tomato has the best interface out in my opinion.

VPN would be good but not essential as most wouldn't use it, DLNA is a cool idea for home users, especially with such good media capabilities in modern smart TV's but USB3 is a pipe dream as the actual throughput of the device to make use of it would be mean this router we all want is going to be a quad core PC at the end of the day - I'd rather something cool and reliable than something that starts a fire when timmy drapes his dressing gown over it.

Latest wireless standards is a given - preferably with a high power output than most consumer devices - I use an 800mw Wifi A/P and its great - I can sit with my iphone with the kids in the park next door and get amazing signal strength.

Reporting would be amazing - The ability to get what device has used what bandwidth over a time period. Even if it relied on an external piece of software to receive the data and report on it.

I agree with others comments on dual SSID's, one for the household/business and one for guests that does see the lan (and can have filtering etc).

All of these features are more important to me than 8 ports (Uplink to a switch!), IP Phone capabilities (Better to use a specialized device and if Telecom put it in it will probably be locked to their IP offerings, doesn't make business sense to provide a device that makes it easier to not use the suppliers services) etc but if they do nothing else I think good self help tools to make diagnosing a fault easier. Even if they do nothing more than providing proof to the helpdesk that the user does in fact have a problem.









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  Reply # 826331 27-May-2013 15:02 3 people support this post Send private message

Feature Request: Built-in HDHomeRun with multi channels.

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  Reply # 826341 27-May-2013 15:05 4 people support this post Send private message

*IF* there are going to be wireless features built into this modem/gateway then how about a form of WIPS built in which will allow you to report on what SSIDs are in the area, what channels they are operating on, and how strong the RSSI is via each of them. It will help to determine/ diagnose channel conflicts as well as interference and people using odd channels on 2.4 (eg non 1,6,11).

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  Reply # 826344 27-May-2013 15:07 Send private message

Ah, fair point my bad, in that case change my "Optional" to "Required" haha.. and raise 1x Backup Battery (mentioned earlier), and 2x SIP ports, 4x Gig Ethernets, and 100% on having an Internal power supply..

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