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Topic # 14213 21-Jun-2007 11:12
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Hi all,

I am looking at ridding myself of my landline, and using VFX over TCL Cable. What I am wanting to know is what router setup would people recommend. I know that TCL provide a cable terminator, which requires a router to be attached to share on a network. What I am looking at is whether I can use a SPA2102 and connect the WAN port to the TCL Cable modem, connect the Ethernet port to an Apple Airport Extreme base station (later to put a server in the middle), or would I be better to get a separate router (and if so what brand/model) onto which I will connect the SPA2102 and LAN.

My internet requirements at this stage are small (mainly email/web etc), though I do want to start sharing photos etc from the connection and running an email server for a number of domains, so I need something that will scale well. I read in another topic that people have experienced issues with the SPA2102 in higher usage environments using it as a router.

I want to retain the ability to fax, unless there is an easy Fax to Email/Email to Fax gateway that I can use through VFX. Also, I run a couple of businesses from home, so will be looking at having at this stage 2 numbers, but possibly adding another number or two to the setup, so want to know what will scale best for me.

Thanks heaps for your help and input!

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  Reply # 75494 21-Jun-2007 11:22
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Hi Jerome,

Firstly, welcome to Geekzone Smile

Because of your fax requirement, and the fact that you want to run an Apple Airport for WiFi, I would say the SPA2102 would be the best device for you.  Otherwise, I would probably recommend WRTP54G with built-in WiFi AP.

Try the SPA2102 as a router first and see how it goes.  The way you do this is explained in the earlier thread:

http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?ForumId=65&TopicId=14203

If you find it's not up to the job, then you can easily add a separate router later.

You can also add some extra lines later by adding a second ATA such as PAP2T if the lines are for voice only.

I hope that helps.

Cheers,
Grant.

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