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#49653 20-Nov-2009 08:47
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Hey everyone.

I'm moving into a new house in a few weeks and have the opportunity to switch to TelstraClear cable.

I've only ever had experience with ADSL so this cable business is all a bit new for me.

I run my own server for mail/web, with a variety of other wired machines and a few wireless devices.  I've been told by a friend in Auckland that I will need a router of some description to ensure I keep the network safe from the interwebs, which makes sense to me, as I assume the cable endpoint is in effect a raw connection straight into the internet, so some form of protection would be prudent.

I am wanting something that will give me solid performance and stability, with none of the dropout issues I seem to keep hitting with recent ADSL routers.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to good hardware that would suit?

In terms of wireless connectivity, i'm not adverse to having a separate WAP, and in fact it would be handy to have that function on a separate box so it can be readily disabled when going on holiday etc without affecting the wired server connectivity.

Cheers all


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  #275400 23-Nov-2009 10:50
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There is a thread:

However that's an old locked, out of date thread.
Personally I use a D-Link DIR615 has 4 port ETH & wireless, has encription up to WPA2 enterprise & personal.

You are correct about the cable modem, it's simply put... A bridge between you & the web, not firewalled, no NAT (unless it's offline) information about the current used modem at:

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  #275408 23-Nov-2009 11:19
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Brilliant, thanks for that.

Any problems with overheating/dropouts with the DIR615? I think that's my biggest issue with some of the more recent routers, the heat they produce, (ie CPU too hot to comfortably hold finger on) I've even resorted to some stick-on RAM heatsinks in a couple of cases.



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  #276586 26-Nov-2009 16:17
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For what it's worth I'm using an Apple Airport Extreme. 5GHz wireless N support and I never (and I mean not once since I've owned it. A couple of years now) have to restart it due to any issues.

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  #277049 27-Nov-2009 19:42
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I'm using a Linksys WRT54GL that I've flashed the open source Tomato firmware onto. Can definitely recommend that setup.

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  #277058 27-Nov-2009 20:02
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I am using an old Belkin F5D7230-4 and it runs 24/7 - for about six years now. It was the same with my previous Belkin. Don't touch D-Link.



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  #277102 27-Nov-2009 22:22
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Don't touch D-Link.

Might have been the case 4-5yrs ago, but I have implemented D-Links (Dir-300s etc) in a large number of situations (on TCLs HFC network) in the last 18months and I have to say that they run day in day out without issue even with torrents on them.

The number of Belkin ADSL routers that I have come across that have turned to custard and nothing more than expensive paper weights would surprise you.


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  #277390 29-Nov-2009 07:54
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These days I recommend the Asus wl520gu as it's the same hardware as the wrt54gl, but cheaper, and includes a USB port.. Which can be useful ;)




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  #277420 29-Nov-2009 10:42
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Thanks for the replies guys.

To be fair, i've had consumer-level routers from Belkin, DLink AND Linksys all fail in the last 5 years.

Bearing this in mind, i've actually sprung for a DLink DIR-655 which i'm hoping (cross fingers) to get some decent mileage from.

I'll post back with a result once I move (3 more weeks) and have everything setup.

Thanks again.


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