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Topic # 67651 5-Sep-2010 21:56
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Hi,

In another thread I was recommended a draytek 120 as a modem to go with my WRP400.

* Don't like the talk of the WAG310G running hot, as I have a lot of devices using the internet and my current modem already has heat issues.

* The new Cisco all in one is far too expensive.

This site has an interesting opinion:
http://www.crystalvoice.co.nz/?page_id=149


"The Draytek DV120 ADSL2+ router is ....ideal for use in an environment where VoIP does not share the internet connection with other browsing and traffic."

Couple questions, is the DV120 & 120 one and the same?
Does the sentence above have any factual basis?
Is the Linksys AM300 - if I can even find one another option?

Many thanks for reading, your experiences/views would be much appreciated.

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  Reply # 377044 6-Sep-2010 06:07
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I'm using an AM300 and WRTP54G (old modemless all-in-one router).  Never had any issues at all.  The router is about 3 years old, the modem 1 1/2 years.

A modem uses about the same power as all the rest of the router, so separating it is better for keeping cool.  Never have to restart it either, just keeps on running.

My D-Link modem (x3) were fine, but slow.  Dynalink (x2) were 10% faster than the AM300 but had to be restarted once a week as the microcontroller would get corrupted.




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  Reply # 377056 6-Sep-2010 08:40
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My parents have that exact setup, a DV120 and a WRP400, using Xnet and VFX.
It is working perfectly.
I set the DV120 in PPPoE to PPPoA passthrough so the WRP400 is controlling the internet connection.
It has QoS configured so VOIP has priority over other internet data.




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  Reply # 377333 6-Sep-2010 23:55
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I forget I even have a modem (Draytek Vigor 100) it's been that long since I've had to touch it. Performs flawlessly with my WRT54GS.



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  Reply # 377438 7-Sep-2010 10:57
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My D-Link modem (x3) were fine, but slow.  Dynalink (x2) were 10% faster than the AM300 but had to be restarted once a week as the microcontroller would get corrupted.


3 years in I'm still using a D-Link 502T!!!



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  Reply # 377440 7-Sep-2010 10:58
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Thanks for all the replies. Looks like a Vigor DV120 is the one for me.

Cheers



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  Reply # 378317 9-Sep-2010 17:34
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Oh bugger me thinks, I got a dirt cheap AM300 - but where is the Half Bridge mode option - not familiar with all these technical numbers, have I bought a dud? It is a Annex A model with the latest firmware installed.


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  Reply # 378327 9-Sep-2010 18:02
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Oh dear.

The picture should have looked like this:

vigor120
Ticking the PPPoE Pass-Through "For Wired LAN" box, then hooking the modem to the WAN port of your router and you would have been set.

Yes, this is from the Vigor's GUI. Not sure about the AM300, sorry.



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Reply # 378352 9-Sep-2010 19:10
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I always end up going the cheap route and almost always end up kicking myself after.
Hopefully someone who uses an AM300 will be able to clear things up.

Otherwise, anyone with a cheap Draytek modem to sell?Embarassed

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  Reply # 378354 9-Sep-2010 19:16
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To get half bridge on the AM300:

Encapsulation: RFC 2364 PPPoA

Then under PPPoA settings there is a small check box for half bridge.







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  Reply # 378368 9-Sep-2010 20:33
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Zeon: To get half bridge on the AM300:

Encapsulation: RFC 2364 PPPoA

Then under PPPoA settings there is a small check box for half bridge.


Excellent, many thanks for that!!

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  Reply # 378428 10-Sep-2010 01:02
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Yeah like this

 

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  Reply # 378462 10-Sep-2010 08:21
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Ewwww. Half-bridge.

Not as nice as pass through. ;)

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  Reply # 378532 10-Sep-2010 11:57
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Draytek Vigor's are pretty expensive though, so cheap and cheerful is the way.

Only minor issue with half bridge is when your external ip address changes, the router won't pick it up from the modem until the dhcp lease expires (or you login to the router admin and force a dhcp renew).

Can be worked around by setting a low lease time, in my screenshot above I set 30min.. DHCP will renew at half of the lease time time ie: every 15min.

Fine for home use but for business I'd look at a Draytek.



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  Reply # 378544 10-Sep-2010 12:22
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Ragnor: Draytek Vigor's are pretty expensive though, so cheap and cheerful is the way.

Only minor issue with half bridge is when your external ip address changes, the router won't pick it up from the modem until the dhcp lease expires (or you login to the router admin and force a dhcp renew).

Can be worked around by setting a low lease time, in my screenshot above I set 30min.. DHCP will renew at half of the lease time time ie: every 15min.

Fine for home use but for business I'd look at a Draytek.


Thank you very much for the screen-grab and the info. Fortunately, this is just for a home connection so it should do the job for now.
Perhaps if the new Cisco all-in-one's price one day drops I may upgrade to it just for 802.1n, but it will be interesting to see as time goes on if the Cisco has any heat issues, considering over-heating seems to be quite the achilles heel of all-in-one solutions.

Cheers

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  Reply # 378545 10-Sep-2010 12:23
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Eeeew. All in One. ;p

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