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  Reply # 833264 9-Jun-2013 21:45 Send private message

hamish225: how about some kind of cache, so that some websites that dont change much, like google would just be stored on said hard drive in the router?


and maybe things like photos from facebook and twitter? they could automatically delete themselves after a certain amount of time of not being accessed.













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  Reply # 833497 10-Jun-2013 13:02 Send private message


Features needed (to control teens usage and access)

1) Quota control per mac address

2) Lock front panel access if can be configured that way. via a PIN

3) Disable any or ALL physical LAN ports on back (so dont have to lock the mode/router in a cupboard)

4) Reset modem button to factory settings with key rather then a PIN to prevent kids resetting


=== nice bonus feature but not needed as can buy better NAS drive with raid and with media servers
(ideally with Serviio like I do on my N4800 which works always and flawlessly)

1) DLNA/media server (can be a very basic one and open source one) might be handy for some
users who dont want to buy other gear
2) USB for key drive or Hard drive sharing (again might be handy for basic users who cant afford
additional gear)
3) 3g/4g Option (could come in handy at some point like major outage_earth quake)

a fiber port I suspect is all one would need now days when its hooked up.

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  Reply # 833636 10-Jun-2013 16:19 Send private message

kiwigeek1: 3) 3g/4g Option (could come in handy at some point like major outage_earth quake)


During the christchurch earthquakes cell service was pretty flakey, with everyone being asked not to use voice services at all when possible. By all means, let's choke out 111 calls even more...

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  Reply # 833640 10-Jun-2013 16:27 One person supports this post Send private message

What bothers me about a fall-back service is the control when and how it is used. I don't want my wife to be watching on demand TV and the internet connection drop - auto connect to 3g for 1.5 hours while it sorts itself out still playing HD content finding a bill at the end of the month for gigs of data over cellular data.

I agree with PaulBags - additionally there are already areas of the country where the cell service dies as the tourist numbers increase (big thing on Fair Go recently) - that can only get worse with data streaming added to that.




Procrastination eventually pays off.

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  Reply # 833641 10-Jun-2013 16:30 Send private message

LOL.. well vodafones Station has 3g port so its not uncommon now for routers to have now

anyhow i meant weeks or months after a quake but
4g and the future tyou dont know how its all going
to work and my not choke anything

emergaency calsl should be on a sep circuit even

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  Reply # 833803 10-Jun-2013 22:32 Send private message

Ok, if we are delving into this area - we might as well go all-out in our suggestions shall we? This is a brainstorm after all!

Integrated Hard Drive - Integrated 2.5" Hard Drive with USB3 ports for further extensibility with fast transfer rates and the capability for computers on the same network to access all of these drives via the network (including as a backup drive from any PC/Mac) and able to access certain files outside of the network e.g. at work. Note access to these drives connected to the router must be fast - fast file transfer rates to networked devices/computers.

Integrated TV Tuner - Dual terrestrial tuners with HDMI output with capability to watch/record multiple TV shows on one tuner - e.g. record two shows on the first tuner while simultaneously recording another two shows on the second tuner. Also the capability to watch the recorded TV shows via any network (or via work if we want!) connected device e.g. mobile/tablet/desktop.

External Antenna Port/Jack - Simple answer: Yes

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  Reply # 833830 10-Jun-2013 23:12 Send private message

dacraka: Ok, if we are delving into this area - we might as well go all-out in our suggestions shall we? This is a brainstorm after all!

Integrated Hard Drive - Integrated 2.5" Hard Drive with USB3 ports for further extensibility with fast transfer rates and the capability for computers on the same network to access all of these drives via the network (including as a backup drive from any PC/Mac) and able to access certain files outside of the network e.g. at work. Note access to these drives connected to the router must be fast - fast file transfer rates to networked devices/computers.

Integrated TV Tuner - Dual terrestrial tuners with HDMI output with capability to watch/record multiple TV shows on one tuner - e.g. record two shows on the first tuner while simultaneously recording another two shows on the second tuner. Also the capability to watch the recorded TV shows via any network (or via work if we want!) connected device e.g. mobile/tablet/desktop.

External Antenna Port/Jack - Simple answer: Yes


I suppose Telecom could just ship HTPCs to each customer.

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  Reply # 834066 11-Jun-2013 11:40 Send private message

I came late to this discussion, I knew about it but wasn't optimistic about the results. Call me cynical, but cost is always a major factor in the decisions of large companies and that'll kill a lot of Ideas.

Some great suggestions I think;

Usage monitor - useful feature
Per user usage/ data cap features - even more useful for some people.
simplified interface and setup - brilliant - in fact i think the modem should default to all the right settings and hide the option to change it from casual users.
Improved cooling and mounting options - should be a given.

Mediocre suggestions;

More/ faster ehternet ports, great for power users no use to the rest
integrated HDD, some people will love it, most will ignore it, and there are plenty of devices that can do this already
Freeview tuner - to what end? I have a TV tuner in my PC and a TiVo in the lounge, what can this offer me?

The first and main things they should be looking at IMHO;

Reliability
Reliability
Reliability
Simplicity
Reliability.

Seriously, I've gone through 5 routers in a year. My current one cost over $200 and at 6 months of reliable service is setting a record for me. They should start by abusing a router with poor ventilation, direct sunlight, dozens of concurrent users, heavy constant downloading, and everything else they can throw at it. Once they have it hadling that easily start looking at the rest.

My only new suggestion - too late etc but;
Modular replaceable ADSL input unit with the ability to be swapped in future to a VDSL or Fibre ONT module with little or no setup to future proof the usefulness of the router. Maybe apply the same thinking to Wi-Fi and make that a replaceable module as well. Who else is sick of buying a whole new router everytime the network changes ?

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