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Topic # 85173 15-Jun-2011 11:24
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Guys

I've decided I need to upgrade to an 802.11n wireless router as my ancient Netgear doesn't cut the mustard anymore as wifi is poor.

Anyone got any recommendations? I'd like another all in one with ADSL2+ modem as well but have seen others say to avoid these.

Only use it for browsing so no requirement for video streaming/gaming

Opinions greatly received

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  Reply # 481401 15-Jun-2011 12:00
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My (biased) opinion if you want an all-in-one is something DrayTek, the cheapest option being the Vigor2710ne, reason being that few companies manage to get both ADSL and wireless right. My personal opinion is to avoid LevelOne and TP-Link ADSL gear, they're cheap for a reason.



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  Reply # 481412 15-Jun-2011 12:11
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Thanks, why biased?

I see Paradigm PCs stock these and they're based in Paraparaumu where I live so maybe I'll take a look, what's the basis of your recommendation for Draytek?

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Just seen your employer, understand the biased bit now but still interested in why draytek? 

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 481436 15-Jun-2011 13:07
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Because they "just work". We rarely ever get returns on them, and whenever there has been a fault (such as a wireless issue we discovered with the 2710ne last year), DrayTek have sorted it out pretty quickly. I way buying and recommending DrayTek before I even worked here Smile

They also release 10 or so different firmware versions tuned for particular ADSL DSLAMs, which is helpful for some people having problems with their lines.

And there's the knowledge that you can yell at me if you do have any problems!

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  Reply # 481443 15-Jun-2011 13:26
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Just to throw another option out there, my current 'go-to router' is the NetComm NB6Plus4Wn. Have recommended this one a number of times and they've always worked brilliantly.

But I do hear good things about the DrayTek mentioned by theEd also

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  Reply # 481471 15-Jun-2011 14:05
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By the way, as with all DrayTek's there is a Web Demo of the admin interface, so you can easily figure out if it'll do what you want it to:

http://draytek.com/.upload/Demo/Vigor2710ne_3.2.5/

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  Reply # 481475 15-Jun-2011 14:10
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i use the netgear dgn2000 , never had a problem with it , always seems to work and cant remember the last time the connection dropped.

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  Reply # 481649 15-Jun-2011 22:42
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Have a look at the TP-LINK TD-W8960N,

I have recommended it to heaps of people as a cheap all in one unit for home use with no major problems so far.

It uses a solid broadcom chipset that works well with Telecom line cards in the cabinets and exchanges.

It's also half the price of the Draytek 2710.





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  Reply # 481706 16-Jun-2011 08:39
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Ragnor: Have a look at the TP-LINK TD-W8960N,

I have recommended it to heaps of people as a cheap all in one unit for home use with no major problems so far.

It uses a solid broadcom chipset that works well with Telecom line cards in the cabinets and exchanges.

It's also half the price of the Draytek 2710.




Thanks Ragnor, much as I like the Draytek the price of the TP-Link is definitely more like what I was looking at. 

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  Reply # 481734 16-Jun-2011 09:30
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Your cheapest option would be to ask if your broadband provider will give you a free model if you re-sign for a twelve month contract. Otherwise I'd probably just get a cheap, new provider branded model from trademe, the telecom thomson TG585 v8 or the vodafone complete hg556a (or that tp-link one Smile ).  I've been using the vodafone complete and had zero issues with it, no point buying a better one for $200 odd if just using it for internet sharing and basic home networking, in my opinion..



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  Reply # 481735 16-Jun-2011 09:34
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Nice idea except that the Thomson one is only 802.11b&g which is what I've got already and I wanted an n compatible one as it gives better performance/range.

This is specifically around my Android handset as it seems a bit flaky using wirless which I'm now thinking is more down to router than phone having checked on this and XDA forum

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  Reply # 481836 16-Jun-2011 13:13
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I'll second the TP-link TD8960N it is what I replaced my Netgear 834N with :-)

Works great, and has a nice tweakable setup ... they expose a lot of the Linuxy bits for you to play with.

Mark

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  Reply # 481848 16-Jun-2011 13:58
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jonb: Your cheapest option would be to ask if your broadband provider will give you a free model if you re-sign for a twelve month contract. Otherwise I'd probably just get a cheap, new provider branded model from trademe, the telecom thomson TG585 v8 or the vodafone complete hg556a (or that tp-link one Smile ).  I've been using the vodafone complete and had zero issues with it, no point buying a better one for $200 odd if just using it for internet sharing and basic home networking, in my opinion..


Not sure about the Vodafone unit but the Telecom supplied Thomson's seem to have a fair amount people complaining about them.

The TP Link TD-W8960N is ~$99
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=12370 

Personally I hate being locked into 12 month contracts and like being able to choose my own modem/router.

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  Reply # 481854 16-Jun-2011 14:05
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I haven't used the telecom thomson, the latest V8 version of it is wireless-n though (I've got mine listed on trademe, unopened, but not having any luck flogging it for $60 Cry). The TP-Link for $99 looks a great deal.



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  Reply # 481871 16-Jun-2011 14:24
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OK, I've taken the plunge and bought the TP-Link one.

Anyone in Wellington area want the old Netgear DG384 (v2) as I won't need 2, can bring it to town or I live on the Kapiti Coast?

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