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Master Geek

# 17673 6-Dec-2007 16:20
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Hi, I live a fair distance 5-6kms away from the exhange and get a max of 1.2Mbps downlink sync rate (and 512k uplink) on my trusty old 3com officeconnect adsl/wifi router. I got rid of the DLink g604t after about a year of use (that used to sync up to 0.8Mbps downlink max).

I was wondering what (in your experiences) is the best adsl router currently available for marginal line quality conditions?

Ideally this would also support Wifi and have a good firewall (ie. one in which i could whitelist traffic coming in from specific IP addresses and map that to a specific port on my local pc's.. i can do port forwarding but not source whitelist with my officeconnect).


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  # 98596 6-Dec-2007 17:22
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I find ZyXELL ADSL routers very good.

Also, your wiring and lines need to be in top shape too. If you haven't done so already, make sure you have a "full" ADSL install - i.e. central splitter. Get Telecom to also "fully" test your lines for any faults, this means a technician coming on site and testing everything he can! - NB: you may need to pay for this.

Chorus has spent $1.4 billion on making their xDSL broadband network faster and even more now as they are upgrading their rural Conklins. If your still stuck on ADSL or VDSL, why not spend $195 on a master filter install to make sure you are getting the most out of your connection?
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Master Geek

  # 98598 6-Dec-2007 17:32
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Expensive but Cisco are best over distance (from Aussie Magazine I read) and personal Experience, living on acreages a long way from the exchange


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  # 98604 6-Dec-2007 18:02
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Hmmm, I used to think that Cisco were best (& maybe they used to be), but I've tried:

Alcatel Speed Touch Pro
Cisco 827
Linksys AM300 (yeah yeah, it's not a wireless one, but you can get a seperate router for that (DD-WRT Rocks!!!)

& while the Alcatel was probably the most stable, the others aren't far behind.  In terms of speed, the Alcatel & the Cisco were about the same, and the Linksys wins by quite a margin!  I'm about 3-4km from the exchange & my effective maximum went from 350kbytes/sec on the Alcatel to 450 with the Linksys!!

I was quite surprised really!  & Impressed.

The Linksys seems to drop the connection on average about 1-3 times per 24hrs, but it's hard to tell if this is better or worse than the Alcatel as you have to have memorised the 65 lines of commands to find that out on an Alcatel.  Needless to say, I didn't notice any issues with dropouts on the Alcatel & I don't notice any on the Linksys, so I guess it's not really a problem.

Of course I can't vouch for the Linksys at extreme distances, but if you do decide to go for a Cisco, I know for a fact that you can get an 827 for less than $200 on TM these days...  You just have to have 3 degrees in nuclear physics to be able to configure the damn thing!!  I have a working config file tho, & I'm happy to share if you ever want one!

Hope that helps some :)


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  # 98648 6-Dec-2007 21:35
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Thanks for the suggestions.. will trawl trademe.. thanks.
I just wish i could borrow and try these out. Will ask at work.

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