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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 826744 27-May-2013 23:55 2 people support this post Send private message

Specifically NO built in UPS, but perhaps a way to read the serial/usb/ethernet outputs of various ups manufacturers* and perform certain functions such as shutting down desktops# attached to the same ups, turning off or limiting power hungry functions such as wifi, and maybe a few other options. It should also be possible to trigger a user created script, for power users to do fancier things.

(*are these things standardized these days?)

 

#I'm not sure what means currently exist for doing this, but they're planning to make the firmware so if no easy native solutions exist I suggest making a service for windows/mac/unix that accepts a command on a specified port, then the signal can just be multicast. The service should be kept as simple and trim as possible, with only the options to shutdown or run a program. Users who want more can set that program to whatever they want.

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 826784 28-May-2013 08:25 5 people support this post Send private message

Auto Reconnect.

Some routers fail to reconnect to DSL after being disconnected. This new router should, if internet is inaccessable, captive portal all web traffic to a page explaining and showing the progress of a reconnect already started by the attempt to access the internet. Upon success the user should be redirected to their intended destination, it should however be possible to use the back button if a user missed what was going on. On failure (after a certain number of attempts) the page should redirect to diagnostics and start running them, with an obvious stop button if the user chooses not to run them. The diagnostic results should list possible causes and solution, and also display the number for tech support.

Any other protocols should trigger reconnect attempts, but should not attempt captive portals.

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Wannabe Geek


  Reply # 826799 28-May-2013 09:08 Send private message

Tie in with Fon so that we can use a Fon modem and so spread free Wi-Fi for Telecom users around NZ by piggybacking off home connections.

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Geek
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  Reply # 826801 28-May-2013 09:10 One person supports this post Send private message

As a suggestion have the main unit with 4/5 ports and a dedicated sub unit that can be purchased as a "plus kit" providing another 4 or so ports. This would allow the sub-unit to be placed elsewhere in the house. Possibly with wifi built in so it would also allow for use as a repeater.

This would allow for some cost savings where people only want the minimum LAN ports, but allows for those to purchase additional LAN ports and have a unit that is designed to work with the main one.

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Wannabe Geek
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  Reply # 826866 28-May-2013 11:03 6 people support this post Send private message

Rather than a closed source, bug ridden firmware that can't be customised or updated without waiting for months of testing.

Why not an open source, telecom managed but community driven firmware based on open source Linux?

Something along the lines of tomato or ddwrt?  in fact they would be good starting points.



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Wannabe Geek
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  Reply # 826872 28-May-2013 11:15 6 people support this post Send private message

Allow any port to be assigned an IP or be a WAN port. i.e. you decide. This could be then be used to set up multiple DMZ or multiple WAN ports.

Then provide priority based default routes. If you loose primary route, fall back to next highest etc.


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Wannabe Geek
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  Reply # 826884 28-May-2013 11:22 5 people support this post Send private message

> Mounting Brackets (like UFB ONTs) or keyholes in back or router so can be mounted easily where a user needs it.

In addition to that, some brackets that allow it to be mounted in a 19" rack cabinet.

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Master Geek
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  Reply # 826894 28-May-2013 11:40 2 people support this post Send private message

If it is to come with internet phone like the Orcon genius set up. Can it have the option for extra (wireless) phones that are easy to set up. Or some sort of way so the modem phone doesn't have to be next to the computer other than WiFi.

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Wannabe Geek
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  Reply # 826911 28-May-2013 12:14 2 people support this post Send private message

The ability to plug in a 'currentcost' or similar device, for monitoring electricity usage in the home/workplace.
this could be in the form of a software module plugin, as i know there are many different electricity usage monitoring devices around with different interfaces (mostly serial over usb).
Some allow the uploading of live data to a web site for viewing by the home owner. (eg pachube).

this software module plugin concept could be used for other external devices also. EG UPS etc.
if this modem turns out to have the memory/processing power it seems the sky is the limit for what it may connect to and alert on.

Having the router do these jobs, removes the need for another machine to be left on just to monitor power or UPS etc. (in the case where there is not another critical piece of kit which is on 24/7 that can do the job instead)

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Master Geek
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  Reply # 826915 28-May-2013 12:20 One person supports this post Send private message

Feature Request:

Each time the device is turned on and successfully connected to the internet, a built-in speaker plays a Fanfare sound of "Tada". Just like Windows 95.


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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 826923 28-May-2013 12:37 5 people support this post Send private message

Put a firewalled telecom wifi hotspot onto the router which piggybacks the homeowners physical line using the existing connection but not the account.

Rules/Caveats/Benefits:

Each hotspot would be available to all Telecom home broadband customers and or mobile customers (either additional cost or contributes to cap)
Only uses connection capacity that the home owner isn't using (ie. your line might be capable of 15Mbps but you use this only 20% of the time. 80% of the time could be used to serve the wifi hotspot.
Obviously doesn't use the home owners data cap
Usage could offset your bill for the month (trying to think of a way to offset power/maintenance costs for the home owner)?
Massive increase in available bandwidth for telecom in lots of places, could enable wifi calling, and offloading from cell towers.
Adds resilience to the network
How robust would the hardware need to be to scale this?

I believe this has or is being trialled/used in other places. Very similar to the Tomizone approach, but obviously at an ISP level.

Jon

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Uber Geek
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  Reply # 826924 28-May-2013 12:39 One person supports this post Send private message

Force users during Setup to specify their own SSID and set their own username/password to get into the router setup (that Telecom/ISP can bypass through an admin login)

Only took 3 guesses to pick a client's router login when I was remote connected into their PC :)

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Master Geek
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  Reply # 826929 28-May-2013 12:45 5 people support this post Send private message

Just make it not lag. The current free modems being handed out takes 5 seconds to respond to a click in the web interface. Ugh.

SCM

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  Reply # 826961 28-May-2013 12:58 4 people support this post Send private message

WAN Bonding 2 or more connections together...

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Master Geek
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  Reply # 826969 28-May-2013 13:05 5 people support this post Send private message

VLAN capable:
It can handle the tagged WAN interface from the UFB ONT.
Each LAN port can be assigned a VLAN and a PCP. Then I can plug my VOIP phone into one port and it will be assigned the correct VLAN and the Priority set to 4 so that the traffic will travel up the CIR component of the UFB Bitstream 2 service with a higher priority than the general internet traffic which is plugged into another port.

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