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Wannabe Geek
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  Reply # 826391 27-May-2013 15:47 2 people support this post Send private message

When it is distributed, the length of the ADSL cable should be reasonably long (1m-5m) as some set-ups are rather horrible due to the length of cable that comes packaged with the gateway.

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Master Geek
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  Reply # 826397 27-May-2013 15:48 One person supports this post Send private message

I would like a simple way to answer the question is my internet slower today than it was yesterday/last month

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Geek
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  Reply # 826398 27-May-2013 15:50 13 people support this post Send private message

For parents who are teaching their children about internet responsibility how about a function that would allow each child a set amount of time on the internet per day/week/month - for example, if you tell little Johnny that he has a quota of 10 hours of evening internet for the week, and it's up to him to determine how and when he spends that time. Each time he logs into his computer the clock ticks down until it's expired. He would learn to wisely use the time he has, instead of wasting it on YouTube for example.

I know there are things like time-based and quota-based limiting but to my knowledge there isn't something that allows a user to dip in and out of their total quota over a period of time (i.e. chip away at their total time allowance). I think this would be very handy.

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 826402 27-May-2013 15:54 2 people support this post Send private message

Some great ideas already. Not sure if any of these have already been mentioned:

Built in PV panel (for sunlight or ambient light)
Low energy use
Processor capable of running distributed computing efficiently
Green construction (PVC & BFRs free, etc) and it should be as recyclable as possible.
Multi-band






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Uber Geek
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  Reply # 826404 27-May-2013 15:55 7 people support this post Send private message

DECT support so you can pair all your cordless phones with the device and have them work whether you have POTS or VOIP













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  Reply # 826405 27-May-2013 15:55 6 people support this post Send private message

Support for various IGPs, such as ISIS, OSPF (version 2 and 3) and iBGP. Don't worry about RIP support. RIP sucks and no one uses it these days anyway.

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Uber Geek
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  Reply # 826409 27-May-2013 15:57 Send private message

naggyman: The router is not able to have it's interface accessed from the internet (publically) AT ALL. This feature can be opened through the use of an advanced mode that warns the user multiple times. So then the changing of an admin password is only needed to block off users of the local network from editing the settings.


I saw several suggestions for remote access for the ISP helpdesk.

I suggest the ISP should be able to limit the remote access as usual, and then save the remote access and WAN settings as default so it loads from backup when a customer (or the ISP) resets to default or when a firmware upgrade gets installed. One of the things a helpdesk might want to do is reset the router but this would still require customer to setup again if those settings were cleared. Reset to actual factory default should only be available in advanced settings.




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

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Wannabe Geek
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  Reply # 826410 27-May-2013 15:58 One person supports this post Send private message

I have noted with interest the types of replies and wish list of features many people have posted.

However, perhaps a reality check is in order.

If you deliver a proprietary media server, etc, then it will quickly become obsolete and erode the value proposition.

The end-user who is prepare to pay top $, wants a mid-high end device that will:

(A) Just work, no fancy set up
(B) Be aesthetically appealing
(C) and have excellent throughput

Every new feature drives the cost up, increases the risk of a hardware or software failure, not to mention support (how is Telecom proposing to provide end user support for a complex consumer product like this???); the total user base will be tiny compared to many off the shelf options available today.

Who has given any though to the cost of this device?  Are end users prepared to pay $99, $299, $499, $699 or *more* for this?

Given I can buy any number of polished media servers from $99 that can be updated with the latest this and that (I am thinking of XBMC on Raspberry Pi, not to mention the plethora of devices available from China), why would I want my ISP to provide something less functional to cost possibly more?

Virtually all of the SOHO/SME modems/firewalls/media servers I have used are frankly rubbish.  In order to keep costs down, they use low spec'd processors, have poor through-put, generally lock up every-so-often and offer poor upgradability.

If you put too much functionality into the gateway box, then when it goes wrong, the end user loses the core of their environment and customer satisfaction will drop.

Do *NOT* offer VOiP / SIP features in the SOHO/SME market, they are not suitable for emergency 111 calls; the last thing Telecom would want is an avoidable death due to someone not being able to contact emergency services through the gateway!

Watching the NZ and overseas markets for some years now, I am of the opinion that Telecom simply cannot develop and market a device that will satisfy the needs of geeks, unless it is open-source (hardware and software) and allows a technically minded user the ability to tinker, at their own risk and without support, but can download the 'official' firmware to reset everything if required.

It may be better to deliver a simple to use, fast and powerful modem/gateway with WIFI (802.n), a 5 port Gig Ethernet switch that is easy to use and configure and design for simplicity.  It is probably that this should be off the shelf and not a custom design that will quickly date and become obsolete.

A good example of the fundamental market shift currently going on is the market collapse of desktop PCs vs tablets and smartphones which are simple, easy to use and just do the job.

Delivering a complex feature rich gateway may have the opposite marketing effect than the one desired.

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Master Geek
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  Reply # 826411 27-May-2013 15:58 19 people support this post Send private message

You all want awesome software features (nothing wrong with that) BUT there are only 2 or 3 vague comments on quality and reliability!

Without decent hardware all the features in the world will fall flat if the thing craps out in a year.


My suggestion: High quality hardware and design.

For this I suggest the following measures:

1) Good cooling: Decent case vents, decent heatsinks on CPU and Wireless chipsets and anything else that needs them. In general, good attention paid to thermal design. Fan if needed.
Nobody wants an overheating piece of crap like an old RTA1320 for example.

2) Commercial grade power supply designed by someone who knows what they're doing and which uses high quality Japanese capacitors (Rubycon, Panasonic, Nichicon etc to name a few) so it lasts for years. Replacement PSUs sold separately 'just in case'.

3) Mainboard uses hiqh quality capacitors also. None of that cheap rubbish. Again, high quality Japanese capacitors.

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Wannabe Geek
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Reply # 826412 27-May-2013 16:01 8 people support this post Send private message

A reasonable amount of flash memory built in to acommodate logs and advanced feature sets (4-8GB) such as those proposed by this forum. Maybe even more to allow for future feature expansions thru firmware upgrades!!


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Master Geek
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  Reply # 826413 27-May-2013 16:01 5 people support this post Send private message

Beautifully designed, responsive web interface. 

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Uber Geek
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  Reply # 826417 27-May-2013 16:03 3 people support this post Send private message

Nyvx: I would kie to see a unit with a built in power supply with a single power cable.  That is to say I do not want to have to put up with an annoying ac/dc  external power supply.

Or at least an IEC power cable that plugs into the 12VDC supply so that its not hanging directly of the power outlet. This also allows it to be fed from the IEC outlet of a UPS by just swapping the cable out.




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

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Wannabe Geek
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  Reply # 826420 27-May-2013 16:05 4 people support this post Send private message

An editable 'hosts' file.

3g

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 826422 27-May-2013 16:06 2 people support this post Send private message


* Ability to reject all calls without CallerID direct to voicemail.

This is a major feature that I use in my FritzBox 7390 and means I no longer get the "Windoze Tacknickel Support" trying to fix my computer 8-).

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Geek
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  Reply # 826426 27-May-2013 16:07 Send private message

native ATM support

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