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Topic # 8942 8-Aug-2006 14:40

Hi everyone,
My client was given a free ADSL modem-router by Telstra Clear; a Dynalink RTA1320
It crashed yesterday and I had to travel in to restart it which makes me a sad Panda

Does anyone reading this have experience with these modem-routers?
How reliable are they? Do you need to restart it often? (like those damned D-links)

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  Reply # 43543 8-Aug-2006 14:58
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They love to crash if you have too many connections open while downloading/uploading (think Emule/Bittorrent).

I've been through one already, not too impressed with them but they are 'ok'. The 0800 support number is a joke and is basically voicemail, you're better to ask Telstraclear for a direct dial number for the faults department if anything goes wrong.




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  Reply # 43548 8-Aug-2006 15:12
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Absolote shyte is how I would describe that dynalink, with support to match.

Our one orcon gave us routinely thinks ppp is up when its not. needing a power cycle.

Often dns queries will fail even tho the connection is alive. Open a site and some images will be red x's even tho the sites are fine.






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  Reply # 43570 8-Aug-2006 21:58
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I recommend cable.





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  Reply # 43574 8-Aug-2006 23:03
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James Bond: I recommend cable.

Not everyone can get cable, and the topic is about the quality of the ADSL modems.

Please stay on topic.

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Reply # 43576 9-Aug-2006 08:17
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tonyhughes:
James Bond: I recommend cable.

Not everyone can get cable, and the topic is about the quality of the ADSL modems.

Please stay on topic.

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My bad, got carried away.

Back to topic,

Dynalink was actually the first broadband modem I ever owned for ADSL, and yeah, I wasnt happy with it's performance as it kept lettiming me down every now and then.





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  Reply # 43612 9-Aug-2006 16:15
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I've played with the few of the older ones that seemed to work OK.

Are you running the latest firmware?

http://www.dynalink.co.nz/firmware.htm?prod=RTA1320

If not might be an idea to update it and see if it helps.

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  Reply # 43627 9-Aug-2006 19:35

thanks for the replies everyone
yes I'm using the latest firmware.

"OK" isn't good enough for me this connection hosts an MX server. the ADSL router I have at home is a nearly brandless Taiwanese thing, (Puretek) and its been running 200+ days without fault. So even one fault like this makes me concerned, and this is a business connection not my budget at-home setup!






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  Reply # 43630 9-Aug-2006 19:44
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Well we do no torrenting or any other high utilization tasks here which would account for any nat tables or similar overflowing in the router, besides, its linux based so should be ok unlike flakey propriatory operating systmes. While the ppp dropping out may not be the routers fault, its inability to reconnect untill powercycled is definatly the fault of the router. Clicking connect on the userinterface usually gets a countdown for 30 seconds and then nothing.




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  Reply # 43767 11-Aug-2006 16:02

I've requested the source code for the firmware from dynalink (they could be using an old version of dnsmasq), but they havn't emailed me back yet. I hope they don't violate the GPL, they already want $10 to send me the code which is a bit rude considering they could just put it on their ftp :-\

it looks like they use reasonably generic uclibc & uclinux firmware. Could be a fun project to improve on the firmware (I had to on my puretek, it couldn't NAT SSL even!)




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  Reply # 43911 14-Aug-2006 12:40
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I currently use the Dynalink Wireless version RTA1025W, and have not had any problems with it so far.
Make sure you have the latest firmware version 3.28q.
Along with web browsing etc, I also Azuerus P2P app 24/7. It generates the port forwarding automatically (UPnP). I also run my VoIP phone through it, and have had no problems.
I have heard there were some issues with the previous version of firmware with P2P use.
I have not had to call their support line, so do not know what this is like.


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Reply # 44780 27-Aug-2006 13:15
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Seems quite simple, the free one is FREE after all so its not gonna be the best of the best is it. If you want a good one either buy the $149.95 Wireless one or purchuse a nice one from a shop. easy easy

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