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# 173729 3-Jun-2015 15:40
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I've been asked to recommend a DSL router for use on a dodgy line.   Location is semi-rural and it appears that the DSL connection frequently drops on the existing router.  I don't know if it drops completely, or just stops sending data.  Either way the result is that the connection falls over and the internet won't work till the router is rebooted.

I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for routers for this sort of situation.   I'd be keen on something with a ping watchdog that will auto-reboot it.




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  # 1316869 3-Jun-2015 15:53
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Do you want a single modem/router box, or a separate modem and router (which would probably work better but cost more)?

Your budget?

EDIT:  Do you want WiFi?




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  # 1316872 3-Jun-2015 16:04
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Well if it was *me* I'd be putting a draytek 130 with a mikrotik of some sort behind it. 

However it's not, and it'll need to be managed by a computer literate, but non-techie person.  So an all in one would be better.  As for price.. I think they'd not really care (as far as consumerish routers go) as long as it's a stable connection.




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  # 1316877 3-Jun-2015 16:22
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qyiet: Well if it was *me* I'd be putting a draytek 130 with a mikrotik of some sort behind it.  ....

Snap!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch:

ASUS DSL-N55U DUAL-BAND WIRELESS-N600 GIGABIT ADSL MODEM ROUTER - $220  <<<  OK

ASUS DSL-N66U DUAL-BAND WIRELESS-N900 GIGABIT ADSL/VDSL MODEM ROUTER - $300  <<<  probably the best compromise

ASUS DSL-AC68U DUAL-BAND 802.11AC AC1900 GIGABIT MODEM ROUTER - $410  <<<  overkill?






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  # 1316893 3-Jun-2015 16:51
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ASUS DSL-N55U DUAL-BAND WIRELESS-N600 GIGABIT ADSL MODEM ROUTER - $220  <<<  OK

ASUS DSL-N66U DUAL-BAND WIRELESS-N900 GIGABIT ADSL/VDSL MODEM ROUTER - $300  <<<  probably the best compromise

ASUS DSL-AC68U DUAL-BAND 802.11AC AC1900 GIGABIT MODEM ROUTER - $410  <<<  overkill?


I think I'll recommend the N66U  Chorus have claimed that they will "upgrade the local cabinet soon" and "vdsl will be available".  I'll believe both of those when I see them, but having VDSL available should it happen would be worth 80 dollars. 

The 802.11AC on the AC86U is nice, but I know they don't have any AC devices at the moment, and I don't think they have any real requirement for high internal LAN speeds, and zero hope of fiber, so it would mostly be wasted tech.




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qyiet: ... The 802.11AC on the AC86U is nice, but I know they don't have any AC devices at the moment, and I don't think they have any real requirement for high internal LAN speeds, and zero hope of fiber, so it would mostly be wasted tech.


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Just checking - have they also got a master filter installed?






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michaelmurfy: Just checking - have they also got a master filter installed?

 

I've not been onsite, so I can't be sure.   I'll emphasize the importance of doing so.




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  # 1317258 4-Jun-2015 10:39
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qyiet: I've been asked to recommend a DSL router for use on a dodgy line.   Location is semi-rural and it appears that the DSL connection frequently drops on the existing router.  I don't know if it drops completely, or just stops sending data.  Either way the result is that the connection falls over and the internet won't work till the router is rebooted.

I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for routers for this sort of situation.   I'd be keen on something with a ping watchdog that will auto-reboot it.


Do you want redundancy?  If it is a flaky connection you can get a router with usb 3g backup.  So when the adsl or vdsl drops out it will automagically switch to 3g.  There are quite a few routers that will do that




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