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Topic # 22912 11-Jun-2008 23:03
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I am installing a Trixbox server, and therefore need to buy a new ATA type device. I thought this might be a good time to spend a little more money to rationalise the messy network setup I've got. Would love some advice on the hardware I'm looking at.

First some history, I bought a very expensive, very early edition of the WAG54GP2v2, super-all-in-one modem / router / wifi / FXS box. Cost a fortune, lasted just over 12 months ( = out of warranty ) and then overheated and caused the router function to stop working. After that I had an expensive brick, since I had one machine (an Xbox) that could connect only via cabled connection. As a result, I am REALLY wary of getting another super-combo device like this, despite the benefits of everything working well together.

So, I am thinking of getting:
1. Linksys AG300 ~ $100 - ADSL 2/2+ modem and 4 port router
2. Linksys SPA2102 ATA ~ $110
3. I already have a Linksys WRT54GC wireless and 4-port router - I was thinking I would run this purely as a wireless switch without the router function and plug it into th AG300 - this is just for my laptop on wifi

Connection would be something like

                                                     --> WRT54GC wireless switch
Internet --> AG300 modem / router   --> cabled machines like Xbox, WHS and Trixbox servers
                                                     --> SPA2102 ATA for phones into Trixbox server

This way I only have one level of NATing, in the AG300. I'm future proofed for ADSL2+, and I feel comfortable that everything is separate so if anything died I could replace just that one component. And all for just $210 outlay, which is a bonus. :)

Does anyone see any problems with this? Any experience with the AG300 you could share? In particular, I am wondering if the AG300 has QoS. I found one website here ( that says it does, but thats the only reference I could find.

Interested in any feedback.


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  Reply # 137513 11-Jun-2008 23:11
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I hid your other post, we don't 'do' crossposting, and this is the right place for your post. VFX enthusiasts will read here as well :-)

What you propose sounds pretty reasonable to me.

Stay clear of double NAT hell :-P (I am there at the moment ugh - how do I get myself in these situations).

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  Reply # 137527 12-Jun-2008 07:49
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I agree with Tony.

In my experience the Draytek routers handle NZ lines much much better than the linksys but are also more expensive.

Other than that it looks good to me, just ensure you allow the Trixbox to have ample bandwidth by using QoS.



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  Reply # 137558 12-Jun-2008 10:01
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Thanks for the feedback, gives me a level of comfort to have you guys give it the tick.

Sorry for the cross post. Just noticed after I posted that this particular forum doesn't seem to get much traffic. But glad you're keeping an eye on things Wink


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