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dclegg
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  #1587687 7-Jul-2016 14:48
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This has been an interesting thread to read. :-)

I requested an upgrade to VDSL this week, and was sent a HG630b. I wonder why they chose to send me this instead of the HG659b?

I don't really care, as long as it does the trick. I intend to be following the instructions here, so I can run it in bridge mode, and have wifi served by our Asus RT-AC68U... for the devices that need it. All the really important ones are now on Ethernet now. One of the few perks of having an ex-leaky home; Ethernet cabling was installed during the reclad process. :-)


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I'd have to say the HG659b I had gave remarkably good WiFi coverage even with two chimneys and tin ceilings.  However it kept crashing and losing it's config, and ended up bricked when I tried to upgrade the firmware.  I have to say it's only the second device I've ever bricked and made me miss the old days when you could pop the chips out with a ball point pen and throw them in an eeprom programmer and copy someone else's good BIOS over them :-)


 
 
 
 


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  #1587696 7-Jul-2016 15:04
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dclegg:

 

This has been an interesting thread to read. :-)

I requested an upgrade to VDSL this week, and was sent a HG630b. I wonder why they chose to send me this instead of the HG659b?

I don't really care, as long as it does the trick. I intend to be following the instructions here, so I can run it in bridge mode, and have wifi served by our Asus RT-AC68U... for the devices that need it. All the really important ones are now on Ethernet now. One of the few perks of having an ex-leaky home; Ethernet cabling was installed during the reclad process. :-)

 

 

 

 

They must send the 659 for new fibre connections, as I have just upgraded and got sent one. I got the 630 last year when I switched to Sparks ADSL service, and have still got it as a backup. So maybe they are still sending those for DSL connections. Apparently the 630 also does fibre so I could have used it for fibre anyway, but I don't think it does AC wireless, just N, unless they have updated it.


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MikeAqua:

 

mattwnz:

 

I got one of these monster sized routers (at least it is compared to previous ones I have had) a few days ago, and I am also having problems with it compared to my old one. Itwas  fine initially, but a day or so later it slows down and can't get much data coming through. It is fine however with wired Ethernet connections. So I wonder if there is a memory leak or something similar, as someone stated above, and whether they may release a firmware update.

 

 

That is good summary of my experience of HG659b.  Not as good as the previous WiFi/router which was 4 years old. 

 

A backward step in WiFi performance from the same location.

 

 

 

 

I find the range is no worse as the black spark 630 modem, just that the wifi throughput hangs a lot.


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mattwnz:

 

MikeAqua:

 

mattwnz:

 

I got one of these monster sized routers (at least it is compared to previous ones I have had) a few days ago, and I am also having problems with it compared to my old one. Itwas  fine initially, but a day or so later it slows down and can't get much data coming through. It is fine however with wired Ethernet connections. So I wonder if there is a memory leak or something similar, as someone stated above, and whether they may release a firmware update.

 

 

That is good summary of my experience of HG659b.  Not as good as the previous WiFi/router which was 4 years old. 

 

A backward step in WiFi performance from the same location.

 

 

 

 

I find the range is no worse as the black spark 630 modem, just that the wifi throughput hangs a lot.

 

 

I was comparing to a NetGear Wireless-Router Unit, which I gave away.  I wish I'd kept it - could have used it for the WiFi side and just used Huawei POS for ethernet/modem.





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