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  Reply # 343598 21-Jun-2010 01:43
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Also as Teletek mentioned a decent splitter, as opposed to individual dongle-type line filters, will usually improve things somewhat. You could check this to an extent by simply unplugging all other devices connected to the line other than the router and see if that makes a difference.

Once upon a time it was also possible to mess with the noise floor and other things at the Telecom end but I think with more recent equipment that may no longer be the case, perhaps someone with more inside knowledge of this could comment..

Cheers, P.

Telecom sent out a really good tech who changed the line profile and messed with the dslam settings, and got it going using a dynalink router as the telecom supplied dlink wouldnt work. Its how i learned that dynalinks are better for long distance. I have also had telecom do a distance test and I have measured it out on google earth. This particular line is as good as it will get.

I think the 10 mbit areas shown for the OP are auctually the predicted coverage areas rather than what is currently avaliable. So after the cabinet upgrade you would be within the 10mbit area. I know of others who were in the 10mbit area for months and only got 1mbit then went up to 12+ after their cabinet was installed.

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  Reply # 343643 21-Jun-2010 09:22
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Its how i learned that dynalinks are better for long distance. I have also had telecom do a distance test and I have measured it out on google earth. This particular line is as good as it will get. 

Not specifically.

It's my (albeit somewhat limited) understanding that if you have more power being pumped out to your line, the greater the signal strength is likely to be (amongst other things).
Certain routers like D-Links apparently don't push out much power, dynalinks in my experience with a wide variety of makes and models (Over 50), Dynalink are relatively mediocre by and large, whereas some such as the Linksys AM300 and the Draytek DV2700e are quite good. Specifically the DV2700e syncs the most reliably and at the highest speeds of any router that I've seen, and this is apparently because of the power that particular model pushes out to the line.
That said, I still use an AM300 almost everywhere except where long distances from the exchange are a factor, mostly due to cost.

What you've also got to remember is that you're not specifically just daisy chained off your neighbours, so where you're only 20m further down the street from letterbox to letterbox, your house wiring could in fact be going another few houses down the road and then doubling back to your home putting you ~100 -> 200m further away. It may not sound like a lot, but when you're already so far from the exchange, it's a hell of a difference!

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  Reply # 343796 21-Jun-2010 15:33
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That's useful info, thanks. In general I've found the Dynalinks to be the most unreliable (in terms of hardware failures) of all the routers I've installed since DSL became available in this country. Every now and then I try another but the last time I did (less than 6 months ago) it fried itself and required replacement. Perhaps they just don't like me but of the hundreds of others I've put in I don't recall one failing in the past couple of years or so.

I have tended towards Linksys with an occasional foray into D-Link and the odd Cisco where it's warranted. As most of my installations these days are relatively close to a cabinet/exchange range hasn't been an issue. Previously, as I commented, the ASUS routers were the best (range-wise), followed by the DSL 5xx series from D-Link, then I guess the M1122 (not the plastic fantastic W version), Linksys and some 3-coms. Forcing later routers not to use 2+ has occasionally resulted in greater reliability and/or speed.

Cheers, P.

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  Reply # 344508 23-Jun-2010 12:19
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Hi all,

Thanks for your comments.

I had a look at the network maps and found I am in the area with cabinet name RO/E and so is my neighbour who can get ASDL. I have got a Linksys WAG310G and worked fine from a working ADSL connection.


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  Reply # 344938 24-Jun-2010 16:22
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Tell your ISP that your router works find at the neighbours who is on the same cabinet, see if they can negotiate something with Telecom...

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