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# 127274 5-Aug-2013 09:59
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I moved to Telecom for my ISP around this time last year and as part of the deal got a pretty good brand new ADSL modem/Router.

I'm now in the process of moving to Orcon Genius, which of course requires a new (refurbished!) Modem...

The question is what to do with the now unneeded modem?  

Because all the ISPs seem to give away modems these days, there doesn't seem to be any resale market for them.

Its only had a year of use so seems silly to just throw it out, but its also no use to me at all unless I move away from Orcon again (in which case I'd probably get another free modem from the other ISP???)

Does Telecom want it back??? any other ideas?

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  # 871856 5-Aug-2013 10:04
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I used my ADSL2+ modems as switches. Turn off all the routing functionality.




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  # 871857 5-Aug-2013 10:12
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Yep, after nearly 7 years of faithful and stable connectivity I'm having to drop my trusty 3Com OfficeConnect for the Telecom VDSL Technicolour.
I'd rather it went to a good home but I guess it'll just sit in my hoard pile until I do the yearly heartless clean out.

 
 
 
 


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  # 871859 5-Aug-2013 10:14
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I have tried that in the past, but found that when a router has no WAN connection, they seem to get a bit unreliable and reboot or lock up after a few weeks to a month or so. This is with using the wifi on them and using as a dumb switch. Plus they are only 100 megabit in most cases with freebe ones so not worth it as a switch.

I keep one as a spare at my place, a pre-configured spare at relatives places and then move them along the upgrade path as more come up, so the old G only netgear is getting replaced with a N300 one as a spare with a friend moving to AU and leaving me their box of network junk. The G one will be dollar reserve no pickups on trademe at sometime when I can be bothered.




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  # 871872 5-Aug-2013 10:17
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I always keep one of the ISP units around in case something ever breaks and I need to test my home connectivity/wiring to rule out issues on this end.

Beyond that, just flick them off here/TradeMe for a buck.

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  # 872024 5-Aug-2013 14:10
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My local landfill recycle shop has shelves full of them!

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  # 872183 5-Aug-2013 17:11
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Bee: Because all the ISPs seem to give away modems these days, there doesn't seem to be any resale market for them


You're not wrong there!  When I last switched ISP's the new one sent me a router/modem that wasn't as good as my old one, so I decided to sell the brand new one on Trade Me.  The RRP was about $90 but the best I could get for it was $8.

I've recently given a bunch of old routers, modems and hubs to the local Salvation Army store, but I have a feeling that they just threw them out as I haven't seen them in the store.

Now I just keep a couple as spares and the rest get thrown out.

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  # 872200 5-Aug-2013 17:26
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Create a modern Art Instalation,

Or a robot made from modems! (I think a old M1122 could win robot wars)

Seriously it's plastic junk, the modems given out by ISP's with signup aren't ever worth alot TBH

 
 
 
 


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  # 872210 5-Aug-2013 17:46
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Bee: I moved to Telecom for my ISP around this time last year and as part of the deal got a pretty good brand new ADSL modem/Router.

I'm now in the process of moving to Orcon Genius, which of course requires a new (refurbished!) Modem...

The question is what to do with the now unneeded modem?  

Because all the ISPs seem to give away modems these days, there doesn't seem to be any resale market for them.

Its only had a year of use so seems silly to just throw it out, but its also no use to me at all unless I move away from Orcon again (in which case I'd probably get another free modem from the other ISP???)

Does Telecom want it back??? any other ideas?


Hi what kind is it and how much are you wanting? Are you in Auckland? Looking to replace mine, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

Cheers,

Wayne

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  # 872408 5-Aug-2013 22:14
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billgates: I used my ADSL2+ modems as switches. Turn off all the routing functionality.

Thanks for the tip! I was going to get a 4-port switch for the TV cabinet, but now I don't need to. I'm not too worried about only being 100Mbps, as it is only used for connectivity rather than file transfer. Old PC, Tivo (was wireless), and TV (never previously connected) are all now online using my old ADSL WAG200N.

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  # 873091 7-Aug-2013 11:46
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Remember to factory reset any routers before selling/giving away to remove any personal info eg login details.
This includes "brand new" units shipped from the ISP as often they will pre-configure them.

There have been cases reported on here previously about people who have sold/brought routers with details left on them.

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  # 873186 7-Aug-2013 13:40
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^not only that, but Vodafone logs the serial number/MAC against the user account IIRC, so even factory-resetting them could still see your account used at the new location

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  # 873208 7-Aug-2013 14:06
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Hmm good question i have the D-Link i got in 2008 and the Lynksys x2000 my mum got a few months ago ,



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  # 873261 7-Aug-2013 15:05
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andrewbnz: Remember to factory reset any routers before selling/giving away to remove any personal info eg login details.
This includes "brand new" units shipped from the ISP as often they will pre-configure them.

There have been cases reported on here previously about people who have sold/brought routers with details left on them.

The Telecom ones aren't so bad - they come with user@xtrabb.co.nz as the username (or something like that) and you do not need to change them unless you are on a static IP. The WiFi password on most of these is never changed by the end user.

Some ISPs units will not work on other networks - they are preconfigured with the isp's bit after the @ sign in the login (I think Voda used to do this?)

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  # 874261 8-Aug-2013 21:42
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Still useful for testing the DSL link if you ever have connection issues. I preconfigured my (very) old one so I can swap it out for testing if theres any question about the stability of my connection. I use my other spare as a test modem that I keep in the car for testing on site. Can power it from the car battery too but haven't need that yet.




Qualified in business, certified in fibre, stuck in copper, have to keep going  ^_^

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