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Topic # 151786 5-Sep-2014 06:19
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My Spark supplied Huawei modem is really starting to give me grief with it dropping our wireless connections all the time and I want to move to a more stable modem.
I did a search on here but the latest results were dated back middle of last year and in that time frame a lot can change.

Whats the latest and greatest vdsl modem everybody is using now days and the best and cheapest place to get it.




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  Reply # 1122269 5-Sep-2014 07:02
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A Draytek 2860n plus. You can get from nicegear.co.nz




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  Reply # 1122272 5-Sep-2014 07:16
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You need to address why your wireless is poor - changing modems could be (but isn't guaranteed to be) a magic fix.

Have you taken basic steps such as looking at wireless channels and possible nearby interference?


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  Reply # 1122280 5-Sep-2014 07:49
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You could just get a TP Link AP for $40 and use that vs a entire new modem. The Huawei modems seem to hold a decent sync.




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  Reply # 1122305 5-Sep-2014 08:47
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For an all-in-one, I'd go Asus DSL-N66U




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  Reply # 1122311 5-Sep-2014 08:56
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Presso: My Spark supplied Huawei modem is really starting to give me grief with it dropping our wireless connections all the time and I want to move to a more stable modem.
I did a search on here but the latest results were dated back middle of last year and in that time frame a lot can change.

Whats the latest and greatest vdsl modem everybody is using now days and the best and cheapest place to get it.


I'd recommend the Asus DSL-N66U.  It has decent styling and the wife won't complain that it's ugly.  It's exceptionally simple to set up.  It has both Ethernet and VDSL WAN ports.  You'll find guides for Asus routers for services like Netflix on Roku over unblocking services.  You'll also find that you'll get more features for the money than the Draytech routers. 

 



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  Reply # 1122490 5-Sep-2014 12:22
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sbiddle: You need to address why your wireless is poor - changing modems could be (but isn't guaranteed to be) a magic fix.

Have you taken basic steps such as looking at wireless channels and possible nearby interference?



Have had a pretty good look at my wireless situation and I am angling towards the Spark modem. Has been fine for the past 4 months and now has developed a problem where its dropping our wireless connections all the time. Its not just one device but will randomly do it to up to 3 or 4 devices that are connected to it.
There can be around 8 devices connected to it at any one time and the only way to resolve the problem if some drop out is a reset of the modem.

We also find problems where all of a sudden say our media center is not able to be connected to yet if I hop on the machine itself (a pc) it is showing a connection and I can connect to the internet no problems yet no other device can connect to the media pc unless we reset the modem.

These are the reasons I am angling towards replacing and upgrading our stock modem.




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  Reply # 1122494 5-Sep-2014 12:27
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Also see this thread, with much the same recommendations, and also the Fritzbox:
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=66&topicid=151259

If space and power supply isn't an issue, you could also buy a wifi router or access point, just keeping the Spark modem for handling VDSL duties

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  Reply # 1122588 5-Sep-2014 14:58
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It would be cheaper to get an AP and just let the Spark supplied modem handle VDSL as everyone has pointed out.

If you are looking for a brand new modem.
Most people have suggested these:
ASUS-DSL-N66U
The Draytek 2860n+

I'm gonna throw in my usual recommendation which is the Netcomm NF4V but everyone has suggested good VDSL modems.

There is the Fritz!box but how much do those go for nowadays?





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  Reply # 1122605 5-Sep-2014 15:24
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kiwikiwi:

There is the Fritz!box but how much do those go for nowadays?


~$200 second hand.




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  Reply # 1122609 5-Sep-2014 15:29
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TimA:
kiwikiwi:

There is the Fritz!box but how much do those go for nowadays?


~$200 second hand.

Identical price to a brand new Netcomm NF4V.
I'd explore every single modem everyone has offered and see what prices of firtzboxes sell for on T.M and see what you fancy OP.





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  Reply # 1122697 5-Sep-2014 18:09
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Thanks everybody, I would have to say I am leaning towards the Asus DSL-N66U , its just a oitty none of them offer wireless ac , anything like that in the works ??




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Presso: Thanks everybody, I would have to say I am leaning towards the Asus DSL-N66U , its just a oitty none of them offer wireless ac , anything like that in the works ??


I looked, but in the end I didn't worry about AC as I only had one device that would support it.

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Presso: Thanks everybody, I would have to say I am leaning towards the Asus DSL-N66U , its just a oitty none of them offer wireless ac , anything like that in the works ??


I looked, but in the end I didn't worry about AC as I only had one device that would support it.


Plus to that i have never had any device get anywhere close to advertised speeds even in the best possible conditions.




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  Reply # 1123466 7-Sep-2014 05:19
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Before buying a new one do a wifi scan to see what your neighbours are up to - where I am located one might as well give up having a wireless network via 2.4ghz because the place is so crowded. I'm now using 5Ghz and everything is going well where as before it was a bit of hit and miss. As for 802.11ac, maybe it is just luck but I found the 5Ghz signal a lot stronger on a 802.11ac router when compared to my old 802.11n router with 5Ghz capabilities.




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  Reply # 1123752 7-Sep-2014 18:21
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I am going to hold off for just the time being , I plugged in my old TP-LINK TD-W8970 and set it to just wireless router. I turned the wireless function off on the spark one and configured all our devices to connect to the tp-link.
So far so good without a single drop out. The spark modem works fine for connection to the net but the tp-link seems to be a lot more stable for wireless side of things with alot more options to boot.




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