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Topic # 11892 16-Feb-2007 14:39
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Hi,

Its taken me a while but I am finally in the process of obtaining a connection to Telstras broadband in Wgtn.

So I'd appreciate it if I could get some recommendations on suitable equipment / configuration so I can connect the telstra broadband via physical wire to my desktop and via wireless to my laptop.

Having read the Telstra online documentation which says they do not provide advice in this area and other posts here that you must use the cable modem supplied by Telstra,  I am confused as to what is the best hardware solution.

FYI, I'd prefer it if the wireless link to my laptop doesnt go through my desktop PC so I can turn my PC off.
I also have an old bungalow with lots of walls between my office and the lounge.

Regards 

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  Reply # 61021 16-Feb-2007 15:19
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Any router will work however if you're after a cheap(er) but very good router I'd recommend the Netgear WGR614's. These are around $100 (even Noel Leeming sell them at this price!) and are a good unit with WiFi and WPA encryption.

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  Reply # 61024 16-Feb-2007 16:01
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As Sbiddle suggest make sure you get one with a built in Wifi AP even if you dont use it now your sure to in future.

I get a lot of stuff from Ascent, they are local (Welly) and have good service and prices, next day delivery is the norm. Here is the link to their wireless routers often the wireless ones are at more competitive prices than ones that are wired only.

I have had good sucess with Belkins, the F5D7230au4 runs for around $90 and for $35 more they throw in a USB wifi adaptor, Linkisys WRT54G's get good reports aswell for a few bucks more.



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  Reply # 61027 16-Feb-2007 16:12
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Im running a Linksys WRT54GL (about $154 from Ascent) with TelstraClear broadband and I find it excellent.  This router also provides the option of upgrading to open source firmware down the track if you are that way inclined.

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  Reply # 61031 16-Feb-2007 17:07
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bigqueez: Im running a Linksys WRT54GL (about $154 from Ascent) with TelstraClear broadband and I find it excellent.  This router also provides the option of upgrading to open source firmware down the track if you are that way inclined.


WRT54GL's are great especially running DD-WRT or Sveasoft 3rd party firmware.

Just avoid the newer WRT54G models - they have less memory and are nothing but trouble.


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  Reply # 61090 17-Feb-2007 19:55
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I'm also looking for a router for TelstrClear cable broadband.
bigqueez, I take it when you say your are on TelstraClear broadband, that it's cable?  And sbiddle, thanks for the tip on avoiding
the WRT54G, it's the one I was thinking of buying )I don't really know what I'm doing though)



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  Reply # 61092 17-Feb-2007 20:12
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elektra: I'm also looking for a router for TelstrClear cable broadband.
bigqueez, I take it when you say your are on TelstraClear broadband, that it's cable?  And sbiddle, thanks for the tip on avoiding
the WRT54G, it's the one I was thinking of buying )I don't really know what I'm doing though)




I use a v1.1 WRT54G, and it's a cracker. Steve's comment is on later revisions...




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  Reply # 61110 17-Feb-2007 22:58
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Any WRT54G you buy now will be V5 or later which are hopeless (see the Wikipedia page for details here).

The WRT54GL is an open source model which comes with Linksys firmware but allows you to load other brands of firmware such as DD-WRT or Sveasoft. Many people will tell you that these are one of the best models of router available because of this. Some of the features you can add with the custom firmware can give you router features that you would normally only find on a device that costs a lot more.

Looking at Ascent the WRT54GL is only $5 more that the WRT54G

I would highly recommend the WRT54GL or WRT54G V2-4 (which you will now only find second hand)

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  Reply # 61146 18-Feb-2007 16:16
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OK for me at least then, it's a WRT54GL, I assume wgtnbloke will be interested in something similar..   Thanks everyone (wgtnbloke for the thread, everyone else for advice.)



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Reply # 61153 18-Feb-2007 19:08
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Thanks for all the comments - is very much appreciated plus I dont feel quite a idiot now for asking that O thought was a dumb question. Think I'll nip down to Ascent.

Cheers

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  Reply # 61819 24-Feb-2007 02:09
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I've been running a Belkin Pre-N F5D8230-4 for over a few years now on Telstra. Goes like a dream with any of my computers.





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  Reply # 61878 25-Feb-2007 09:38
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I run a Belkin A+G router and it's given me nothing but endless pain. But not sure if it's due to TCL or the device itself (I have been through three of them)  Locks up intermittently requiring a power cycle. I thought it was an overheating problem but now it's occurring in the cool of the evening.  Going to replace it with a D-Link DI-784 108AG

My experiences only of course. From what people have been saying the  Belkin G router seems fine




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  Reply # 61913 25-Feb-2007 20:11
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I use a v1.1 WRT54G, and it's a cracker. Steve's comment is on later revisions...


I've got the same version and use it with Telstraclear and it's great!

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Reply # 61914 25-Feb-2007 20:18
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I have a Belkin and I am happy with it. I also have a switch for my internal networkin the home office, but we use wi-fi (on the router itself) for a couple of laptops and Pocket PC here.






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