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  Reply # 1873209 26-Sep-2017 16:09
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I guess that these are the trade offs when dealing with consumer grade hardware acceleration that is needed for packet processing to support gigabit.



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  Reply # 1873370 26-Sep-2017 21:47
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so when shopping for a replacement router for VF fibre, what specs do I need to look for?

 

Product details dont say anything useful like "compatible with VF fibre".

 

 





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  Reply # 1873378 26-Sep-2017 22:17
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kiwifidget:

 

so when shopping for a replacement router for VF fibre, what specs do I need to look for?

 

Product details dont say anything useful like "compatible with VF fibre". 

 

 

VLAN10 tagging on the WAN port, and ideally support for full gigabit routing. Sometimes full gigabit routing relies on "hardware NAT", "cut through forwarding" and/or "fastpath", but good luck finding those written on the box. The router guide is a good starting point.




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  Reply # 1873380 26-Sep-2017 22:21
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thanks for that link @mdf, I'll have a read of that tomorrow.

 

Will I need a modem, or is that only for DSL connections?





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  Reply # 1873382 26-Sep-2017 22:24
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Only for DSL. If you're on Fibre or FibreX, just a router will be fine (and is probably preferable).




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  Reply # 1873397 26-Sep-2017 22:45
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mdf:

 

Only for DSL. If you're on Fibre or FibreX, just a router will be fine (and is probably preferable).

 

 

Sorry, preferable to what? The HG659b ?

 

Let's see, to replace my HG659 I will need an ATA, a router, and a wifiAP.

 

Its unlikely another all-in-one will do the job any better than the HG659b, though the new VF Ultra Home Hub might?

 

To save on power points, are there any devices that combine at least two of those components?





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  Reply # 1873405 26-Sep-2017 23:16
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Preferable to a combined modem + router. Some router only models you can flash custom firmware to enable additional functionality. This doesn't exist for modem + router combos.

Can't comment on the ATA requirement. I use a sip phone and so bypass that need. WiFi will depend on the area you're trying to cover.



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  Reply # 1873406 26-Sep-2017 23:31
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Thanks @mdf, I just tried reading the Router Guide link, but I think I'm too tired as it turned to gobbledegook on me.

 

Will re-read tomorrow.





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  Reply # 1873441 27-Sep-2017 08:57
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Most routers are router/wifi combo boxes.





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  Reply # 1873780 27-Sep-2017 18:10
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OK, I've tried flooding my HG659b with connections.

 

I'm finding it very tricky to keep 38 devices all "awake" at the same time while I ping them to see if they are on the LAN or not.

 

I just dont have enough arms and hands.

 

Are there any tools I could use to help?





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  Reply # 1873784 27-Sep-2017 18:18
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With wifi lightbulbs and sockets etc that limit seems very low now days.




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  Reply # 1873786 27-Sep-2017 18:27
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richms: With wifi lightbulbs and sockets etc that limit seems very low now days.

 

Yeah, I had to unplug all my Wemos when the rellies came to stay.





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  Reply # 1873803 27-Sep-2017 19:43
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You still use a landline? 

 

Wow.

 

I don't think I will ever have another landline again. I can't justify it. If you really need one, there are ways around it with V/F, (I didnt figure it out but it can be done with things like PAP2T's etc).

 

Get a good router with hardware acceleration. I have an Edgerouter PoE, and a Mikrotik, both def cut the mustard. 

 

You can spend a bit less and get an Edgerouter Lite, the Mikrotik's (Get a dual core+ model) are around the same price.

 

You can still use your HG659 for wifi, and disable DHCP.

 

 








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  Reply # 1873831 27-Sep-2017 20:24
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I have a landline as I have next to no cellphone signal. 

 

I think that's a reasonable excuse.

 

Am trying to work out different set up scenarios, so all suggestions welcome.





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  Reply # 1873846 27-Sep-2017 20:50
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ISP that uses the ont voice ports and free yourself from the hassle of ISP hardware is my suggestion for those that need a pstn line.




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