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  Reply # 560530 22-Dec-2011 02:39
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hi all

i ran into this DHCP scope issue on one of these units last night. if you change the IP address of the modem, the existing DHCP scope does not automatically change to match. you can add a second scope but there is no way in the GUI to delete the first 192.168.1.x scope.

turning DHCP on or off makes no difference and didn't make the telecom-supplied scope disappear. 

this was a pain for the customer as everything else on their network was set to a different IP range (network laser, NAS, playon HD, etc). so thanks for posting the link regarding making the change using telnet.

best wishes for the holidays to all.


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  Reply # 560570 22-Dec-2011 08:59
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The Thomson/Technicolour units Telecom ships seem to be "fine for grandma" but they have a history of annoying issues that affect more savvy/demanding users (gamers, geeks etc)

I'm not saying the new model suffers from all these but the previous models have had issues like:

- Connection drops in games that use high port numbers 27xxx eg: TF2, Left 4 Dead on Steam etc.
- Incompatibility with Macbook wireless chipset to the point where Telecom CSR's were advising people to turn off WPA and use WEP.
- High failure rate of the physical hardware with threads about people having to replace the unit multiple times.
- Config options not sticking.
- Having to use command line/telnet to set some settings.

Also the fact that you are getting a re-branded white label unit means you generally lose the ability to go straight to the manufacturers site and get firmware updates to fix these sorts of things.
For $100 you can get a TP Link TD W8960N that doesn't have these issues. 

For grandma probably not worth it, for gamers/geeks definitely worth it.


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  Reply # 560801 22-Dec-2011 20:09
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My biggest grip is that Telecom don't release firmware that fixes some of these problems, if they want to brand it then they must support it.
The Aussie telcos can do it why can't the kiwi ones.

Even grandma wants something reliable and compatible.

Agree, about the TP-links, cheap and they work for the average joe bloggs.

Now on 2talk Network and it's better.

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  Reply # 567024 10-Jan-2012 18:04
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I am new to this and am looking to go wireless for home use only. I have a basic to moderate understanding of computer tech.
However, I am unsure of what is the better product to buy. I have looked at this Telecom product online ($100) but note that it has a 2x2 130mbps wireless connection speed.
Other products I've looked at from Linksys, D-Link and Netgear have speeds of up to 300mbps (pricing around $150+).

My requirements are that I will still have our main desktoop hard wired to a modem/router but want wireless to use the I-Pad2 around the home.

I would appreciate any what anyone thinks is the most suitable modem/router I should look at. 


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  Reply # 618688 3-May-2012 07:48
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Has anyone got this device running as a Layer 2 bridge? I have a decent router that I'd prefer to use but need a new ADSL connection and so probably need the 'free' modem.

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  Reply # 618795 3-May-2012 11:44
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I have to say the new TG582N are pretty good and haven't heard any complaints at all about them similar to the older routers.

If you want a L2 bridge router then the Draytek Vigor 120 is the best router by far for it.  So I recommend anyone who wants PPPoE to their own router should go for one of those.

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  Reply # 618831 3-May-2012 12:43
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cauld: Has anyone got this device running as a Layer 2 bridge? I have a decent router that I'd prefer to use but need a new ADSL connection and so probably need the 'free' modem.

Note sure about the newer ones but in the older ones at the bottom of the home networking page in the admin ui is "Assign public IP address to a device."

It's still double NAT but effectively puts the 2nd router in the DMZ forwarding all ports.

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