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Topic # 17215 17-Nov-2007 15:22
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If you pay for a wireless router/modem, which is like 150$ from Telstra, at the end of your contract, are you able to keep the modem/router or do you have to return it? I can't seem to find out.


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  Reply # 95686 17-Nov-2007 15:40
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Also, would it be better to get them to send me the free modem (one port) and then buy a wireless router to connect to that, or would you recommend I pay the 150 and get the modem/router combination in one unit that they send out (and which I may have to return???

AND, if you recommend I receive the free modem and then purchase a wireless router myself...what is the best one to buy for telstra...I have heard a lot about Netgear and Linksys...

ANY advice would be appreciated...

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  Reply # 95690 17-Nov-2007 16:47
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The thing you need to make clear is whether you are talking about a cable (docsis) connection or ADSL. If you are talking about docsis then TCL supply the cable modem which you return when you no longer require it. TCL do NOT provide any routers, wireless or otherwise to use with a cable modem.

TCL do provide Dynalink ADSL routers for purchase (RTA1320 is FREE if you join online). These are used on ADSL connections only.




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  Reply # 95729 17-Nov-2007 21:49
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I am talking about Cable..as in not ADSL, but TCL cable with the modem...what routers can you purchase to connect with the free cable modem they provide so that I can set up a wireless environment? Is the Linksys one the best?

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  Reply # 95874 19-Nov-2007 09:14
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americanbeauty: I am talking about Cable..as in not ADSL, but TCL cable with the modem...what routers can you purchase to connect with the free cable modem they provide so that I can set up a wireless environment? Is the Linksys one the best?

In my opinion the Linksys WRT54GL is the best router to connect to TCL's cable (it's what I use at home).  With the GL you can then firmware upgrade to one of the many other firmware releases.  I personally recommend the DD-WRT (www.dd-wrt.com) firmware as I have had that on my box and it has never crashed / rebooted / missed a beat for the last year due to the extreme ARP traffic on TCL's network.  I can't say the same for my cable modem which has been dropping off the air for hours on end in a semi-frequent basis for the last two weeks.  But at least my Linksys doesn't need a reboot after the cable modem comes back online :)





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  Reply # 96055 20-Nov-2007 11:45
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BarTender:  In my opinion the Linksys WRT54GL is the best router to connect to TCL's cable (it's what I use at home).  With the GL you can then firmware upgrade to one of the many other firmware releases.  I personally recommend the DD-WRT (www.dd-wrt.com) firmware as I have had that on my box and it has never crashed / rebooted / missed a beat for the last year due to the extreme ARP traffic on TCL's network.  I can't say the same for my cable modem which has been dropping off the air for hours on end in a semi-frequent basis for the last two weeks.  But at least my Linksys doesn't need a reboot after the cable modem comes back online :)

I'm with BarTender, and can second everything stated - I have a WRT54GL with the DD-WRT firmware installed as well, and TC cable modem.  Rock solid, never crashed, rebooted, or anything...ever!  Running over a year now and I use the QoS settings for my VOIP - amazing quality and robustness, never an issue whatsoever. 



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  Reply # 96160 21-Nov-2007 00:26
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What is the firmware that comes with the WRT-54GL and what are the advantages of putting dd-rt software on it? Is there any firmware which makes it easy to connect to other computers directly on the LAN, as well as through the internet and set-up access/filesharing from the internet into the computers on the LAN?


Also, what is the WRTSL54GS like? It would be quite cool to be able to plug an external HD straight into the router for sharing music easily on a LAN...does anyone have this and how does it stack up with the GL?Particularly when used on telstraclear cable?

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