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Topic # 108215 27-Aug-2012 00:15 Send private message

Im with telecom and have been using the Dlink DSL-504T Gen II that they gave us for over 4 years, this is also connected to out Linksys WRT350N Wireless-N for wifi around the house. We like to game/download/stream movies and videos in our household so internet speed is very important. Me and my brother's computer are the only ones who will be connected via ethernet cable and other laptops and devices would be connected via wifi. Was thinking of either replacing both the Dlink and Linksys with a modem/router combo or should i just replace one of them? Money is kind of tight at the moment so dont want to spend too much if i dont have to

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  Reply # 677379 27-Aug-2012 07:39 Send private message

Hi, for simplicity, why not just get an all in one modem/router with wireless, use the ethernet cable to move the WRT to the other end of the house near your gaming machines, this will give you both wireless expansion and wired ethernet ports to connect to at each end of the house. Dont forget to not run the WRT as a router (ie not via the WAN port) or you will be double nating which is not good. Also put both radios on different channels (only use 1, 6, or 11) and take them off auto and lock them to 20MHz channels, there is not enough channels space to easily use two 11n 40MHz channels without interference. Also turn the DHCP server in the WRT off and give both radios the same SSID and key and clients will roam between without intervention.

A TP-Link W8950 as linked below should do the trick.

http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=388514

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  Reply # 677567 27-Aug-2012 12:39 Send private message

Thanks for the reply. So my config atm is the Dlink is in my room and it had 4 ethernet ports (2 of them is occupied by me and my brother via ethernet cable and 1 port connects to the WAN port of the WRT which is in another area of the house so the signal can reach the whole house. Is it ok if i just upgrade the Dlink to a 1 port modem and connect that to the wrt and run all cables and wireless just off the wrt? or maybe ill stick with the same config and replace the dlink with a new 4 port modem(no wireless)? parents don't really want to replace the wrt since we havnt had it for that long

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  Reply # 677588 27-Aug-2012 13:17 Send private message

Why are you replacing them - just because they are old, or do you need a new function/feature that you don't currently have?

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  Reply # 677609 27-Aug-2012 13:43 Send private message

You need to tell us why you're replacing them if you want any useful help. If it works, don't change it.




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  Reply # 677618 27-Aug-2012 13:57 Send private message

mainly wanting to replace the Dlink since when downloading or gaming the internet on the modem turned and have to keep turning the whole modem off the back on again. not sure if this is a common thing

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  Reply # 677645 27-Aug-2012 14:56 Send private message

panda123: mainly wanting to replace the Dlink since when downloading or gaming the internet on the modem turned and have to keep turning the whole modem off the back on again. not sure if this is a common thing


OK, if you're happy with everything else, and want to keep the money spent to a minimum, just replace your D-Link modem with a better one.

Dynalink RTA1320 (from memory) seems to be flavour of the month - pretty reliable and basic, and you'll easily get one for less than $10 on TradeMe.

If you do want to spend a bit more, then let us know what features you are needing, and recommendations can be made!



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  Reply # 677648 27-Aug-2012 15:01 Send private message

thanks for the reply. was thinking about spending 100-150 on a replacement. Sorry I dont know too much about modems and routers etc, what other features are there?

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  Reply # 677750 27-Aug-2012 18:51 Send private message

The TP-Link that cyril7 mentioned would be a good bet then.

Feature can include the type of WiFi (a/b/g/n single/dual band etc.), VoIP (voice), number and speed of ethernet ports, firewall, port mapping etc.

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