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Topic # 29829 20-Jan-2009 20:53
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Thinking of getting a new router to replace my three bits of kit i got a the moment.

lynksys with the custom linux firmware

pap2

belkin adsl modem


was thinking of replacing it with WAG54GP2 as xnet recomened it but heard some bad things about the WAG series of routers.

i know lots of you have got one what are your experences with them etc thanks guys

main use xbox live and voip thanks again

oh yea maby an alternitve that has the voip inputs so i dont have to use the pap2 thanks




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  Reply # 190905 20-Jan-2009 21:00
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I would not put all my egs in one basket, they get too hot.  The WAG54GP2 is also getting old and there is a replacement.  Someone will post the model number, I'm sure.  I would get a good quality modem, SPA2102, and a gigabit router with or without WiFi (perhaps WiFi access point plugged into router, again to spread the heat).  The router makes a huge difference when you try and transfer files (photos etc.) from one PC to another.  The SPA2102 connects in series between the modem and router so it handles QoS.




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  Reply # 190908 20-Jan-2009 21:05
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thanks niel. i was trying to avoid having access point for wirless. Wireless is a must. im trying to cut down the cords and all the bits thats why i wanted a all in one unit. i notice my wireless router overheats during mid afternoon. got it mounted on a shelf up hire to get it out of the way. i was thinking many if i had an all in one unit i could place it somwhere a bit cooloer. like in the fridge jokes.

edit: phone jack inputs for the router is a must so i can get rid of the pap2 cut down room thanks





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  Reply # 190928 20-Jan-2009 22:28
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There is a new WAG310G all in one device. I should have a couple of these in very soon, so will have some feedback before to long. So hang tight a couple of weeks.




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  Reply # 190952 21-Jan-2009 07:06
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heretohelp: i notice my wireless router overheats during mid afternoon. got it mounted on a shelf up hire to get it out of the way.

The higher you mount it the hotter it gets - heat rises.  To get it out of the way rather mount it somewhere like under your desk (but with space above it for ventilation).  Placing it on it's side is better for cooling so that heat does not get trapped underneath the circuit board.  If you have good soldering skills or know someone (like me, electronic engineer) it is easy to add a small fan to it as virtually all these devices run off 12V (some 5V).

With an all-in-one solution I would reduce the WiFi output level to whatever is suitable rather than just leaving it at maximum, that will run it slightly cooler and extends it's life lots.




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  Reply # 190958 21-Jan-2009 07:43
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Niel:
heretohelp: i notice my wireless router overheats during mid afternoon. got it mounted on a shelf up hire to get it out of the way.

The higher you mount it the hotter it gets - heat rises.  To get it out of the way rather mount it somewhere like under your desk (but with space above it for ventilation).  Placing it on it's side is better for cooling so that heat does not get trapped underneath the circuit board.  If you have good soldering skills or know someone (like me, electronic engineer) it is easy to add a small fan to it as virtually all these devices run off 12V (some 5V).

With an all-in-one solution I would reduce the WiFi output level to whatever is suitable rather than just leaving it at maximum, that will run it slightly cooler and extends it's life lots.


Thanks for the reply. i have reduced the output of my wireless already from 30mw to 12mw low sygnal stregth but thats all i need as its a small house.

unfortuntly the mrs has lots of junk so i have no room for my things the only place i could go is up :p. i understand that it will be hotter up there but until i get an all in one unit i dont have room to mount it anywhere else :) thanks again for the tip about the fan. i have been thinking about that but solder skills are no good. my grandfather is an electronic engineer as well so maby if i have problems he can help




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  Reply # 190960 21-Jan-2009 07:47
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coffeebaron: There is a new WAG310G all in one device. I should have a couple of these in very soon, so will have some feedback before to long. So hang tight a couple of weeks.


cool i will sit back and wait for comments onthat one. if you could also give me some ideas on the firmware features it has thanks very much :) as in terms of functionality etc




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  Reply # 190968 21-Jan-2009 08:24
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I'm waiting on that one too. I looked around last night for some reviews but it's too new to have anything much online about it. Ideally, I'd like to try one out first.

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  Reply # 190982 21-Jan-2009 10:16
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sorry wrong thread :/




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  Reply # 192619 28-Jan-2009 22:49
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Just replaced one for a client today. He bought a vfx branded one from Dick Smith about 1 year, 1 month ago.
They wouldnt replace it so he decided to order a new one through us and i went and installed it.

The fault was a buzzing sound was coming up the phone ports possibly from a leaky power supply?

Anyhow just before I left I said he should try going back again to DSE and getting his money back. He was adamant that they wouldnt and said that he had tried talking to the store manager in both napier and hastings - Its a $300 unit so it should have lasted longer.

I pointed out that the box had a small 3-year warranty icon on the bottom which they now -have- to honour.

So I guess the 3-year warranty is rather good




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  Reply # 192647 29-Jan-2009 06:39
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raytaylor: The fault was a buzzing sound was coming up the phone ports possibly from a leaky power supply?

Suggests lightning damage, but might also be faulty capacitors (unlikely though).  Maybe the customer had a pile of papers on top of it which cooked components.  My in-laws almost cooked a PC when a baseball cap was left on top of it, the cap dropped off behind the PC, stopped by the cables and completely blocked the PSU fan which sucks in air.  It happens.




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  Reply # 192724 29-Jan-2009 14:57
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My WAG54GP2 had white noise on all calls and got unbarable, apperntly this is a common problem with them according to world exchange, we tried port two and that was just the same but would not accept incomming calls.
After several calls to Linksys that took over three hours, I finally got a RMA number ( The joys of buying wholesale, you cant just thow it back at them and say replace it )
Got a new one and now it is all good.
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  Reply # 192768 29-Jan-2009 19:07
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I have a WAG54GP2 and it still has significant issues.  The voice quality is crap at the best of times and there is a major bug in the QOS which means it ignores traffic on WiFI when controlling QOS.  This means if you are busy downloading on the ethernet connection it works fine when a call comes in (despite the crap call quality) but if you are downloading via the WiFi the call will drop or be so unbearably poor neither you nor the caller can make out what is being said.
A fix for this was promised 18 months ago.  Word of a new WAG router shills my heart because it means all support for the WAG54 will now stop.

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Reply # 194671 7-Feb-2009 18:22
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I too have the WAG54GP2 with latest firmware etc...

I will NEVER get another linksys device, perhaps never a Cisco for that matter after my experience.

smbunn - I have exactly the same problem with my one.  If I try and use Wireless while using the phone, I lose the ability to have a conversation.

Interestingly the xnet support didn't mention that this is a known problem with these things.

I've got the router in the hallway, a nice dark cool place, but it will reboot as soon as I try and copy a file via wireless to wireless between 2 PC's.

I can't believe that WXC is recommending this piece of landfill. It's not like it's the cheapest out there either.

Mine's only 6 months old, so I will be raising an RMA on Monday, sick of it now - they're obviously faulty and should be recalled.  Even when it is working the wireless will not go past 1mb speeds.

I've got cables drapped throughout the house now to remedy the problem.


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Reply # 194681 7-Feb-2009 21:15
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I have used a WAG54GP2 for around 12 months, no problems with it at all, doesn't get too hot - - BUT, I have never used the wireless facility.

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  Reply # 194687 7-Feb-2009 22:10
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I have used the WRTP54G for almost 2 years with no problem at all.  It is like buying a new car, most will be fine but some will have trouble from the first day.  There are a couple hundred components inside made by about 20 different manufacturers which Linksys gets assembled into a consumer product.  There will be some that do not work right, and that is part of their business model.  Actually, they rely upon some people will just throw it away and not bother with RMA.  It is just like the cash back on laptops, many people forget to claim it.




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