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Topic # 147072 8-Jun-2014 11:38
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Hi

I have an WRP400.. and the capabilities are not great..

I was thinking of having
- Asus RTN16, connecting to fibre
- WRP400 connecting to Asus RTN16 - for purposes of Phone lines only

The Asus would provide more of the  home gateway/networking
incl VPN connections etc

Any thoughts

Thanks

 

Dean

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  Reply # 1061245 8-Jun-2014 14:11
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That's not a bad way to go, although if you're planning on using wireless I'd go for something that's dual band (and preferably with 802.11ac support), especially if you're living in a densely populated area. The RTN16 supports DD WRT though, which opens up options.

You could go for a new all-in-one router with voice, but your solution is probably more flexible. You might have to do some port forwarding unless your VoIP provider has a STUN server.Personally I just bought a used Fritz!Box which does everything in one, but they're a bit hard to find in NZ.

Make sure to turn off the wireless on the WRP400 so it doesn't interfere with your new router, and (if it's disabled by default) turn on remote administration on the WRP400 so you can access the web interface from the 'WAN' side of it as that's where everything else plugged into the RTN16 will be.

EDIT: If you only use one phone extension, Netcomm NF5 N300 routers are dirt cheap on trademe (just bought a new one for $10.50 + shipping) and actually fairly flexible. Could be a cheap alternative.

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