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# 108950 10-Sep-2012 09:09
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I have a Linksys WAG54GPv2 for my modem/router.  I'm using VFX fusion with Xnet, and I'm using this as my ATA to plug in a standard cordless phone.  I have two problems with the router at the moment:
1. When someone is online, and a call comes through, the call drops in and out.  I've raised this issue with Maverick on the Xnet forum, and he's indicated that it's a problem with this particular model of router and the wireless QoS.  The solution seems to be to get another wireless router.
2. Yesterday, my wife was watching a concert on her iPad, and her iPhone wouldn't connect to the wifi.  We have a total of six wireless devices at home (two desktops, two iPhones, an iPad and a laptop), and it's not uncommon for all of them to be online at once.  I tested the situation by disconnecting the laptop from the network, and her iPhone connected immediately.  We had a similar situation a few weeks back when I was downloading the Windows 8 RTM iso on my desktop.  It was thundering along at a cracking speed, but her laptop wouldn't connect.  When I paused the download on my desktop, her laptop was able to connect, but as soon as I restarted the download, her laptop was bumped off the network.

As I wrote this, I started to wonder whether problem #2 was related to IP conflicts, but the problem with the Windows download doesn't fit that pattern, and besides we still have the wireless QoS situation in problem #1.  So I'm starting to look at getting a new router.

The reason I'm hesitating is that UFB in our neighbourhood is scheduled for November 2012 (delayed from September), and I'll likely get hardware for UFB (either through Orcon or Snap).  So I don't want to spend too much money on hardware I won't really need in a few months time.

Can anyone recommend a good value-for-money router that I can use in conjunction with my current Linksys modem/router?  I've been looking at the TP-Link WR1043ND, but I'm not sure how it would work with my current setup.  Would I simply disable the wireless function on the Linksys and plug the TP-Link into an ethernet port on the Linksys, or is it more complicated than that?

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  # 683738 10-Sep-2012 11:05
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Cordless phones can operate on the same frequency as the WAP, make sure they don't conflict. You might need the higher frequency WAP, or a different cordless phone. The cheap cordless phones and cheap routers share spectrum.

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  # 683769 10-Sep-2012 12:03
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Your idea of using a WR1043ND would work (if the issue is in fact the crappyness of the WAG, not wireless interference as above), however it would be overkill for your task, you could do the same with a TL-WR340G.

That said, the WR1043ND would be more usable with UFB in the future

 
 
 
 




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  # 683786 10-Sep-2012 12:36
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Thanks for that.  The one I linked to stuck out for me because it had wireless-N (which I don't have, though all my devices support it) and USB connectivity for file storage (which would be very useful for a temporary NAS, until I can get my proper NAS).

I will be lining up for UFB in the near future.  How would it be used within a UFB setup?  I'll likely be going with Orcon or Snap, and both provide what look to be comprehensive modem/router setups.  What would the TP-Link router add that the Fritzbox or Genius don't have?

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  # 683813 10-Sep-2012 13:11
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Lizard1977: Thanks for that.  The one I linked to stuck out for me because it had wireless-N (which I don't have, though all my devices support it) and USB connectivity for file storage (which would be very useful for a temporary NAS, until I can get my proper NAS).

I will be lining up for UFB in the near future.  How would it be used within a UFB setup?  I'll likely be going with Orcon or Snap, and both provide what look to be comprehensive modem/router setups.  What would the TP-Link router add that the Fritzbox or Genius don't have?


If you go with Orcon, you have to use their Genius modem (well you can avoid it with some VLAN trickery), even though the TP has gigabit ethernet ports and probably faster Wifi

I'm not sure what Fritzbox snap provides for UFB, if any, but if its anything like their VDSL ones then it will probably be better/on par with the TP-Link. The TP-Link is probably a lot cheaper upfront, but then again Snap will probably subsidise a Fritzbox on contract.


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  # 684023 10-Sep-2012 18:06
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If you consider purchasing the wr1030nd replace the tp-link firmware with dd-wrt or gargoyle. A very rock solid affordable router with the alternative firmware.

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