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# 36954 4-Jul-2009 22:51
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Hey all, I've been having some trouble with my broadband connection for the last couple of weeks. I'm running a rta1335 modem which is about 1 and a half years old and am on xtras go large plan. It started as a "local network unplugged" bubble appearing on the task bar when nothing was being unplugged. This message was quickly followed by a "local area network connected" message. The internet was still working fine at this time, maybe a bit slower. This got worse and worse untill I had no internet and the "local area unplugged" message stayed on. Now i switched ethernet cards, to the onboard ehternet and there were no "unplugged" messages but still no internet. I then reinstalled and installed drivers and stuffed around with the network for a while and still nothing. Randomly the internet started working again but it is not working properly. Surfing seems to be fine, but a little slower. Torrents are very slow and xbox live barely works. Here are some details of my connection:

Speed test as of 4th july 10:30 to auckland server
Download : 0.61mb/s
Upload : 0.08mb/s
Ping : 119ms

Connection Info from router page:




























































Line Mode



ADSL2+



Line State



Show Time



Line Power State



L0



Line Up Time



6:10:08:28



Line Coding



Trellis On



Line Up Count



1



Statistics



Downstream



Upstream



 



Line Rate



12846 Kbps



166 Kbps



 



Attainable Line Rate



13332 Kbps



945 Kbps



 



Noise Margin



12.1 dB



40.5 dB



 



Line Attenuation



28 dB



13.4 dB



 



Output Power



19.9 dBm



12.2 dBm



 



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  # 231067 4-Jul-2009 23:35
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Holy Frak, I have had pretty much the exact same issue. I ended up just buying another all-in-one wireless ADSL setup. I had an RTA1335. I suddenly had speed drops that were almost worse than dial-up. I found that only one of my ethernet ports (no. 4 to be exact) was giving me bearable speeds.

This may be just a coincidence that mine just outright failed, and your DSL connection may be dicky. But I wonder if the two failing events are a sign that something is going on with these routers?

I also tried to updating the firmware but it would just hang on me. Maybe I made it worse when I had to restart mid "update". Laughing

I am in Dunners if that makes any difference.




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  # 231068 4-Jul-2009 23:37
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Yup i tried updating the firmware and had to crash it aswell lol. Suppose ill get another router... I live in auckland btw.

 
 
 
 


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  # 231084 5-Jul-2009 00:18
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I got a Linksys WAG54G2, very nice unit. I found that it is giving me about twice the speed of the old RTA1335 when it was working properly (or not as the case may have been).

So I guess the RTA1335 was just holding me back. I suppose it was free though, as part of a start-up package.



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  # 231196 5-Jul-2009 16:43
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So im probably gonna buy a new router. Im planning on spending $120 bucks tops. Could someone advise me of a good choice of roter for this price?

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  # 231204 5-Jul-2009 17:11
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Given the ADSL stats look fine I would be extremely cautious about buying any router. I would replace the patch lead before suspecting the router switch ports. You don't even say if you tried all 4 ports one by one.




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  # 231237 5-Jul-2009 18:35
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Wouldn't the "ADSL side" stats have no bearing on whether the switch ports are broken or not?
I assumed that Waltynz had tried all the obvious things (like replace the patch lead, try the different ports.... etc), but if not then yes that would be your first avenue.

If you only want a router (i.e. no wireless) then go for the Linksys AG310-AU ADSL2+ Modem/Router
Ascent link: http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=368116
$106.88

Or if you want to go for a wireless all-in-one go for the: Linksys WAG54G2 ADSL2+ Modem/Router
Ascent link: http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=371370
$151.64 - a wee bit more than you were hoping to spend, but you do get wireless.

Like I said earlier, the Linksys WAG54G2 is the one I purchased to replace my dud RTA1335. I have been very impressed with it so far. About twice the speed that my RTA1335 was giving me.



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  # 231371 5-Jul-2009 23:06
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Yea sorry it seems as if the 4th port is the only one that works... What is causing this?

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  # 231372 5-Jul-2009 23:14
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This is going to sound all conspiracy theory like, but isn't it weird that this has happened to the same type of router at around the same time?? Some sort of zero-hour type software/firmware bug.

Maybe we need to send a bug report to Dynalink. See if they are aware of it.


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  # 231425 6-Jul-2009 08:16
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There is quite a bit of documented reports about with power supplies in these routers finally going noisey and causing lan ports to fail, landfill seems a good solution.

Personally I would give Linksys routers/modems a wide birth, seen heaps of disconnect issues with them.

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  # 231435 6-Jul-2009 08:58
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+1 on an RTA 1335 slowly dying by taking the LAN ports outs, Send it to silicon heaven, with all the calculators.



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  # 231681 6-Jul-2009 15:35
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Any other recommendations on cheap routers? What about these belkin ones
http://www.aquilatech.co.nz/index2.htm
or
http://aplus.co.nz/p.aspx?1602

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  # 231686 6-Jul-2009 15:55
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Replaced mine with one of these for $70 bucks, there seemed to be no real troubles reported here.

http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/4a5174f6010c77d22741c0a87f3b06e4/Product/View/XH9949

If it dies within a year I will take it back, if it dies after that I will buy a new one,

Its been rock solid ever since install.



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  # 232685 8-Jul-2009 18:58
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brought a new router and it seemed to solve my problem

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  # 232695 8-Jul-2009 19:14
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What did you buy, just curious

Cheers
Cyril



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  # 233085 9-Jul-2009 15:21
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belkin 4 port adsl 2+. not wireless. 100 bucks

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