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Topic # 129096 3-Sep-2013 17:41
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Thought I would quickly add my comments regarding the WXC MP264 and how I found it.

I was a trial site for WXC and as such they arranged for Chorus to get a UFB connection installed at my house. There is a separate install with pictures on the UFB forum but since I was not at the time allowed to divulge the router I was using as still under evaluation I thought I would add my comments.

My previous router was a TPLINK TD-WP8690N and off that I had a Cisco PAP2T for phone (it's for sale if anyone wants it). Now that worked OK after sorting out the ALG or something as it would send data out and not receive until sorted. The guys on these forums helped with that.
Thought that setup worked OK it was no where as easy as the MP264 router supplied by WXC.

After initial chorus issue was sorted the router set itself up for phone and internet and I setup wifi password and was off.
I installed the UFB white box in the garage cabinet (if you are intending to do this get a large cabinet not a small one) and the MP264 next to it. The outlet from the MP264 phone 1 went back via the hybrid fibre to the ETP outside and then connected to the existing phone connections in the house - very neat job .
I now have the MP264 connected via cable to the lounge to TV and bluray player (for Netflix) via an old Linksys wireless router with the router bits turned off. The other connection is to the family room where there is another TV with a Bluray player, Android TV box and a computer. This all connects via the old TPLINK wireless router with DHCP turned off. So I have choice of 3 wifi nets in house.

The router also has some rule tables that are quite easy to setup using existing devices detected by the MP264 to enable access to the internet - goes off for some devices at 9:25pm at night and over dinner each night. Once you have setup one rule the rest is easy.

Would be nice to have a easy setup system but it was easy enough as I am computer literate but not network guru so it is often the first time every time I setup a network config.
After a chorus fibre damage the other week the router reconnected and has been rock solid in comparison to the TPLink which seemed to get slower the longer it had been turned on for. A rest sorted that usually

So am more than happy with the WXC router and connection as they were very helpful when chorus installer damaged my fibre and had to reinstall the outside length again.

Andrew

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  Reply # 889152 3-Sep-2013 18:18
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I have been using the MP264 for months now, with a HFC (cable modem) connection, initially at 100 Mbps now at 130 Mbps.

It's been a very solid router, with no unexpected restarts or required reboots. It has been supporting multiple connections including incoming OpenVPN to my NAS, outgoing VPN to other services and other use cases.

Except for the lack of a Save/Restore Configuration feature it's pretty robust in functionality. Configuration requires a bit more work than other routers, but it provides a huge number of possibilities such as multiple switching options depending on port.

One thing I was disappointed is that VoIP line 2 is locked because the firmware doesn't allow for only one line to be unlocked - I have two lines with the Cisco SRP (one is VFX the other is an Australian number). This is the only reason the Cisco is still here, but only being used as an ATA device really.





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  Reply # 889172 3-Sep-2013 18:55
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Thanks for the comments guys, we are extremely happy with the MP264 , it required a bit of work to WXCise it, to ensure it meets our commitment to bring the best Voice products to market ( no plastic cheap throw away here), the end product we think is a true home networking router.

We looked very hard at where we wanted to go next with our router based product set, we had primarily been a Cisco shop as most of you well know but because Cisco is extracting itself from this market we decided to evaluate a lot of products to find the best and we think we did.

Most were put in the bin really early as the quality and functionality were just plain awful, most fit into the McDonald's toy giveaway category, cheap plastic and you give them away to your customers as you don't expect them to last long but hey the customers think they are getting a good deal .... boy did that sound a bit cynical.

A couple of others where proposed but really while they may be a good router and have a few good things in them they didn't really stack up as a PSTN replacement voice service and no way would we compromise our product offering.

So long story short we have been working with Audiocodes to customize this product for our Voice offerings for a quite some time , a few things to still come and tidy up but overall we think this is a great value router that can be used in a true home networking environment and be used with any access type.


For parents the ability to restrict both websites and to also restrict the times your kids devices can access the net is one of my personal favorite little features, the home media server server is actually one of the best I have seen and works with different usb drive's Fat / FAT32 / NTFS drives (Larger ones require their own power supply), In one impressive test I actually had 7s devices streaming 3 separate HD movies at one time and all were flawless 5 on wireless 2 wired connections, I personally really like this box.




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  Reply # 890733 6-Sep-2013 08:42
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For parents the ability to restrict both websites and to also restrict the times your kids devices can access the net is one of my personal favorite little features, the home media server server is actually one of the best I have seen and works with different usb drive's Fat / FAT32 / NTFS drives (Larger ones require their own power supply), In one impressive test I actually had 7s devices streaming 3 separate HD movies at one time and all were flawless 5 on wireless 2 wired connections, I personally really like this box.


Hi. The info on the website suggests that you can restrict internet access completely by device - have I read that right?

Re the specific website blocking, can that be by device or globally (or both)?   

It does seem to have some nifty features.

Thanks

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  Reply # 890859 6-Sep-2013 12:32
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any incentivised pricing for existing customers to switch to the new device? :P

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  Reply # 891266 7-Sep-2013 12:18
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Lakers1:


For parents the ability to restrict both websites and to also restrict the times your kids devices can access the net is one of my personal favorite little features, the home media server server is actually one of the best I have seen and works with different usb drive's Fat / FAT32 / NTFS drives (Larger ones require their own power supply), In one impressive test I actually had 7s devices streaming 3 separate HD movies at one time and all were flawless 5 on wireless 2 wired connections, I personally really like this box.


Hi. The info on the website suggests that you can restrict internet access completely by device - have I read that right?

Re the specific website blocking, can that be by device or globally (or both)?   

It does seem to have some nifty features.

Thanks

http://help.xnet.co.nz/questions/139/Audiocodes+MP264+-+Configuring+Website+Restrictions%3F

Yes, you can restrict by device or global including time restrictions. E.G. You could restrict kids smartphone to only allow access to Facebook.com between 7pm & 9pm each day etc.

Likewise you could disable their Internet access overnight completely.




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  Reply # 891272 7-Sep-2013 12:51
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coffeebaron:
Lakers1:


For parents the ability to restrict both websites and to also restrict the times your kids devices can access the net is one of my personal favorite little features, the home media server server is actually one of the best I have seen and works with different usb drive's Fat / FAT32 / NTFS drives (Larger ones require their own power supply), In one impressive test I actually had 7s devices streaming 3 separate HD movies at one time and all were flawless 5 on wireless 2 wired connections, I personally really like this box.


Hi. The info on the website suggests that you can restrict internet access completely by device - have I read that right?

Re the specific website blocking, can that be by device or globally (or both)?   

It does seem to have some nifty features.

Thanks

http://help.xnet.co.nz/questions/139/Audiocodes+MP264+-+Configuring+Website+Restrictions%3F

Yes, you can restrict by device or global including time restrictions. E.G. You could restrict kids smartphone to only allow access to Facebook.com between 7pm & 9pm each day etc.

Likewise you could disable their Internet access overnight completely.


thanks Fraser - that's pretty useful in my house with 12 internet-connected devices!



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  Reply # 891381 7-Sep-2013 17:31
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Lakers1:
coffeebaron:
Lakers1:


For parents the ability to restrict both websites and to also restrict the times your kids devices can access the net is one of my personal favorite little features, the home media server server is actually one of the best I have seen and works with different usb drive's Fat / FAT32 / NTFS drives (Larger ones require their own power supply), In one impressive test I actually had 7s devices streaming 3 separate HD movies at one time and all were flawless 5 on wireless 2 wired connections, I personally really like this box.


Hi. The info on the website suggests that you can restrict internet access completely by device - have I read that right?

Re the specific website blocking, can that be by device or globally (or both)?   

It does seem to have some nifty features.

Thanks

http://help.xnet.co.nz/questions/139/Audiocodes+MP264+-+Configuring+Website+Restrictions%3F

Yes, you can restrict by device or global including time restrictions. E.G. You could restrict kids smartphone to only allow access to Facebook.com between 7pm & 9pm each day etc.

Likewise you could disable their Internet access overnight completely.


thanks Fraser - that's pretty useful in my house with 12 internet-connected devices!


Can't say I have tried 3 HD streams with MP264 but it with the help of 2 old wireless routers as access points, a 100mb switch and soon another giga switch off the MP264 I shall have 6 hard wired devices and 14 wireless devices so turning on and off for the more junior members of the household is handy but just have to make sure I don't turn off my wife's devices :-)
When setting up the rules you can select devices by the name that the router identifies them by but becomes more tricky with Android devices as they seem to have nebulus names whereas I named the ipods with owners names

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  Reply # 891619 8-Sep-2013 13:39
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Can you guys post some screenshots of the admin ui? Does is have decent QoS settings?

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  Reply # 891667 8-Sep-2013 16:00
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Does it do IPv6 and multiple VLANs?

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