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Topic # 12822 7-Apr-2007 22:22
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Hi just after some info

Have currently got broadband installed using the free modem from Telecom a dlink 502t I am wanting to go wireless and was wondering the best way to go about it i.e. which wireless router would be easiest to connect use etc and price wise also

Thanks :)

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  Reply # 66567 8-Apr-2007 03:31
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They used to say that pairing brands when buying a modem and separate router was always a wise way to go, but not sure anymore.  That said, I've got a Dlink 302 modem paired with a 524 router from Dlink and have been happy with it.  I originally had a (I think) 614 11b router from Dlink that bit the dust after about 2.5 years of use.  Some might say that's not a long time, but I didn't loose too much sleep over it.

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  Reply # 66668 9-Apr-2007 20:06
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I'm thinking of selling the xtra supplied modem and just buy a wireless mode/router.  Would that be a better option than just buying a wireless router and pairing it with the existing modem?


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  Reply # 66678 9-Apr-2007 22:36
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You pair a wireless "Access Point" with the current modem (your current modem will actually be a router that can support up to 253 computers). Even the Dlink 302G was a full fledged router yet certain people thought they only supported one computer.




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  Reply # 66710 10-Apr-2007 11:25
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So im after a wireless access point then?


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  Reply # 66776 11-Apr-2007 08:53
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Yes you require a WiFi AP as opposed to a Wifi AP/router. Some routers let you turn off all the NAT features in which case they become a AP.

The D-Link router that you have (as provided by TNZ) do not have a good reputation. If I were in your situation I would ditch the D-Link and buy an all in one adsl/router/AP, I have this Belkin one, with good succes, Others have recommended Netgear, I have also had good results with Cnet ones.

The online retailer Ascent is based in Wellington, I have used them quite a bit and found them very good.

Cyril



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  Reply # 66827 11-Apr-2007 17:18
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Ok thanks for the info appreciate it

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  Reply # 66843 11-Apr-2007 18:33
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I have ordered a siemens modem/router from orcon internet.  Are they any good?  What's wrong with the Dlink routers?  And what's the difference between access point and router?

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  Reply # 66844 11-Apr-2007 18:40
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The Seimens routers seem ok, not had a lot of experience with them but did set one up for a client recently, seemed to work as advertised.

A router will perform NAT (Network Address Translation) to allow several pcs on your local network to access the Internet on the single IP address provided by your ISP. Most ADSL modems perform this function, to have two NAT routers in concatenation is not an ideal situation. An AP is just an access point, ie the wifi AP acts as a layer2 switch, or in simpler terms appear just as a wireless extension of an ethernet switch, and as such performs no TCP/IP routing function.

As for D-Link routers, they work, but if you expect more from your router then these are found to be lacking. They have limited NAT table capacity and if pushed fall over. The D-Link routers only have basic firewalls relying on the NAT function to perform this function, ideally you need a SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection) firewall. Other routers as indicated above at less cost provide superiour performance.

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  Reply # 66880 11-Apr-2007 23:36
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Hi



As always routers/ap are horses for courses, it is all around people preferences, and let us not foret that wireless, can have serious probelms if you do not have some good security setup on any system.

i currently have a fantastic Buffalo Airstation Turbo b, which also came with a bundled wireless dongle, the beauty of this product was one of the most simplest of set ups i have seen in a while, it has AOSS, (Air Station One Touch secure System)

It was easy to setup and it is very secure indeed, as a test i asked tone of my friends to try and access my pc, and also my next door neighbour, and neither of them could connect to my setup??? great stuff?



For certain items, like my gaming console i have that hooked up by a wired connection, which is safer and faster for online gaming?/

just my comments, google before you buy, and read some reviews??? and then make a decision

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  Reply # 66945 12-Apr-2007 18:06
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any idea if the siemens router from orcon would allow vpn pass through?

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  Reply # 66989 12-Apr-2007 23:04
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Hi rikkieva

Follow this link???? did you forget to GOOGLE :-D

http://subscriber.communications.siemens.com/subscriber_networks/faq_company_products.shtml

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  Reply # 67149 15-Apr-2007 13:35
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Thanks for the info

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  Reply # 67177 16-Apr-2007 00:26
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Hi rikkieva

no problem, did you find the info you required from the link ?

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  Reply # 67260 16-Apr-2007 17:41
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I have decided to cancel the order from Orcon and bought a Belkin modem/router instead.    I'm just trying to work out on how I would be able to connect to our company's server thru vpn.    Is there a website somewhere that I would be able to setup vpn pass through for my modem/router?

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  Reply # 67281 16-Apr-2007 21:30
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Hi rikkieva

Just go to Belkin's own website, and they wioll have their own specialist support/help section, and follow their instructions from the documentation in their booklet, that came with your router.
hope this helps, let me know how you get on with it    Chow Laughing

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