Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

7 posts

Wannabe Geek

Topic # 190882 15-Jan-2016 10:23
Send private message

hi everyone im interested in upgrading to a better router. im on the fibre 200 plus plan. im a heavy user and do alot of online gaming, however im well aware that spark accepts some 3rd party routers on their fibre broadband so hopefully my options aren't limited. would like to get something optimised for gaming, low pings open nats. i dont mind paying extra dollar. thanks

Create new topic
25836 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 5559

Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1471729 15-Jan-2016 10:50
Send private message

I ask the very same question everytime somebody asks this very question -

What are your requirements?

7 posts

Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 1471876 15-Jan-2016 12:49
Send private message

hi thanx for replying. i would like somthing that could support a gigabyte connection, definitly need wireless with good range, but i also need the ethernet ports aswell as i game wired, im just afraid my options could be limited as i heard spark only accept routers that support vtagging, i dont mind paying the extra dollar too. ive never been a fan of the free modems as ive had bad experiences with them in the past


2259 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 676


  Reply # 1472226 15-Jan-2016 21:11
One person supports this post
Send private message

The Spark supplied HG659 is pretty good.

You will need a router that supports PPPoE on VLAN 10.

If it were me I would see how the Spark one goes then look at your own one which would set you back around $300 for a reasonable quality one.

596 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 25

  Reply # 1472813 16-Jan-2016 19:54
Send private message

Get a mikrotik

7 posts

Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 1472882 16-Jan-2016 21:58
Send private message

Do any of the tp link routers work??

4566 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1353

  Reply # 1472889 16-Jan-2016 22:08
Send private message

capsnz2000: Do any of the tp link routers work??

Yes, but so does the Spark supplied one. You haven't mentioned any features that you want that their router won't give you (other than a gigabyte connection, which would require 10GigE ports, and you won't see that on a consumer router any time soon).

As @bartender says, try the supplied one and if it doesn't meet your requirements, post again with the specific issues you are seeing and people will be in a much better position to recommend a replacement based on that.

596 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 25

  Reply # 1472895 16-Jan-2016 22:18
Send private message

capsnz2000: Do any of the tp link routers work??

Yes but you have to replace the stock tplink firmware with openwrt so you can do vlan tagging on the wan.

46 posts

+1 received by user: 14

  Reply # 1472911 16-Jan-2016 23:29
Send private message

FYI TP Link offer beta firmwares for at least the Archer C7 V2 to fix the VLAN tag having to be a minimum of 16 issue their routers have, though the beta one they currently provide doesn't seem to work properly and I could never get mine working right even with Sparks recommended settings all checked. I then tried OpenWRT and after booting fine twice it just quit on me so I tried to recover it to no success and its sitting in a corner waiting for me to try again.

From what I see your going to need to spend 300+ to get something better than the HG659 that is guaranteed to do VLAN tagging properly and also to be an upgrade in terms of features and performance. I ended just getting an HG659 to replace my Techincolour as that wouldn't do my 100/20 plan with full download due to the 100mbit LAN, and they were happy to in exchange for a 12 month contract so I have solved the original reason I bought a TP Link so for what its worthm I would recommend you steer clear of the TP Links till they sort their firmware (others may of had better experiences). I suspect they would make a great VDSL or Cable router though.

Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

New Zealand's IT industry in 2018 and beyond
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:50

Introducing your new workplace headache: Gen Z
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:45

Jucy set to introduce electric campervan fleet
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:41

Hawaiki cable system will be ready for service in June 2018
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:32

New Zealand hits peak broadband data
Posted 18-Jan-2018 12:21

Amazon Echo devices coming to New Zealand early February 2018
Posted 18-Jan-2018 10:53

$3.74 million for new electric vehicles in New Zealand
Posted 17-Jan-2018 11:27

Nova 2i: Value, not excitement from Huawei
Posted 17-Jan-2018 09:02

Less news in Facebook News Feed revamp
Posted 15-Jan-2018 13:15

Australian Government contract awarded to Datacom Connect
Posted 11-Jan-2018 08:37

Why New Zealand needs a chief technology officer
Posted 6-Jan-2018 13:59

Amazon release Silk Browser and Firefox for Fire TV
Posted 21-Dec-2017 13:42

New Chief Technology Officer role created
Posted 19-Dec-2017 22:18

All I want for Christmas is a new EV
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:54

How clever is this: AI will create 2.3 million jobs by 2020
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:52

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.