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Topic # 96388 26-Jan-2012 11:20
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Hi everyone. I need to purchase a wireless router as my wife will soon be working from home on a laptop. I have read the thread about setting up with alternative firmware, but its pretty old.

What is a good, easy to set up router that is suitable for use with Cable and will work without having to install other firmware?

Its main use will be to my PC (wired) and a wireless laptop connecting to a VPN. It may also be used in the future for streaming to my Samsung LCD or media box.


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  Reply # 573514 26-Jan-2012 11:39
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I use the Cisco SRP 521W (100 Mbps in all ports, two VoIP lines and USB used for 3G modems).

Have the NETGEAR WNDRMAC v2 here for testing and it performs really well. The main difference is the NETGEAR has gigabit WAN/LAN ports and USB used for storage devices.

Tried the Linksys E3220 and while very good (gigabit in all ports as well) it seems it will crash under heavy load (I mean HEAVY load, such as 100 Mbps cable, while having hundreds of open connections).




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  Reply # 573521 26-Jan-2012 11:57
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Hi Jonboy,

You might be interested to know that TelstraClear phone line customers are eligible for VIP discounts from the TelstraClear shop: http://www.telstraclearshop.co.nz/shop/Internet/networking/wireless-routers.html

I'll leave others to provide advice on which router you should consider.

Cheers, Gary

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 573527 26-Jan-2012 12:06
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Thanks for that Gary, I had no idea. Can they be picked up from anywhere in Wgtn or is it courier only?

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  Reply # 574053 27-Jan-2012 12:53
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I use a TP-Link router flashed with Gargoyle firmware, list of tested routers, which I really like. It's a less expensive option too.
I would recommend you don not buy any of the Linksys UFO (internal antenna) routers, as their wireless performance is shoddy (Two family members and one friend own them).

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  Reply # 574058 27-Jan-2012 12:56
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I've been using TP-LINK for the past four years. Currently using the TL-WR1043ND model.

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  Reply # 574064 27-Jan-2012 13:06
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jonboy: Thanks for that Gary, I had no idea. Can they be picked up from anywhere in Wgtn or is it courier only?


Hi jonboy,

Yes - you can get access to your VIP discount in store. If you know your customer number just tell the staff what it is, or they can look it up for you in store as long as you have some ID on you.

Cheers, Gary

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