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# 110311 7-Oct-2012 19:49
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Hi all,
I'm moving from cable to DSL and I need a good wireless router/ADSL2+ modem. I've had a very reliable ASUS 802.11g wireless router while I had a separate cable modem but I don't want to have to run a separate modem and router plus it's about time to make the switch to 802.11n.

I live in Wellington, New Zealand so anything I can get from a NZ website or local supplier would be good.

Here are my technical requirements:
-ADSL2+ (VDSL2 optional - I am in VDSL2 coverage but my provider doesn't have any VDSL2 plans, I'll likely get UFB before VDSL2)
-802.11n (we have ~10 wireless clients regularly connected)
-At least 4 LAN ports
-NAT
-DHCP
-Must support VPN passthrough
-Firewall
-Lastly and most importantly must be reliable (how much will I spend to never have to explain to my wife why the router just died?)

Thanks in advance for any help!

Cheers,
Darrel

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  # 697580 7-Oct-2012 20:31
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Get DGND4000 - click to see price

Can you get Telstra Cable in your area?

I have DGND3700, and it works well for ADSL and FIBER






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  # 697877 8-Oct-2012 14:19
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Netgear is good but can be expensive. LinkSys (Cisco) in our opinion make very good quality parts and for a good price. I.e. CISCO LINKSYS WAG160N.

Cisco is one of the world leaders in network hardware. I still love my WRT54G running DDWRT Source.

 
 
 
 


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  # 697879 8-Oct-2012 14:20
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Should I mention the WRT54G is over 5 years old and still trucking like a brand new unit! LOL.

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  # 697936 8-Oct-2012 15:22
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pcheroes: Should I mention the WRT54G is over 5 years old and still trucking like a brand new unit! LOL.


Won't last much longer. I'm come across a a number of 54G and 54GL's that have spat the dummy recently. 5 years seems to be about their lifespan.

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  # 697943 8-Oct-2012 15:25
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Since you didn't mention price I can assume it's not an issue my recommendation is Fritz!box 7390 or 7340 if you are happy with fast ethernet rather than gigabit.

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  # 697944 8-Oct-2012 15:26
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Really? I guess nothing lasts forever - but for the money its well worth the investment.

I've never had any problems with Linksys but everyone has different experiences I guess :).

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  # 697961 8-Oct-2012 15:47
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pcheroes: Really? I guess nothing lasts forever - but for the money its well worth the investment.

I've never had any problems with Linksys but everyone has different experiences I guess :).


Linksys make good hardware, but not without it's quirks and bugs. Once you've deployd hundreds of the things you realise pretty quicky they're not perfect!

 
 
 
 


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  # 697962 8-Oct-2012 15:48
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What is though these days! LOL

Banana?
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  # 697966 8-Oct-2012 15:56
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I would not touch a WAG160N. The more expensive Linksys gear is OK, but I have seen too many flaky WAG160s to not want to take the risk with another one.

TP-Link make good gear for not too much cash.

Netgear are good.

I'd also steer clear of Dlink, but not as much as I'd steer clear of the WAG160N ;)

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  # 697975 8-Oct-2012 16:13
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Yes I'm afraid I'm in the "wouldn't touch" camp for a WAG160N also. ADSL connectivity was okay, but heaps of problems with wf-fi dropping and or losing DNS settings across wi-fi. Do a search on WAG160N and wi-fi. It's depressing reading.

I replaced it with a TP-Link TD-W8960N.

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  # 697978 8-Oct-2012 16:18
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Wow. Ok I haven't used that particular model before - but given the overwhelming evidence I would probably think you are correct.

Cheap is never the best in any brand I guess :).

TP Link however - I had a gigabit switch of theirs in our switch board and one by one the network ports died on it. I had a mate with the same issue - which he bought on his own accord - not at my recommendation.

Ended up replacing with a Cisco Rackmount. LOL.

Maybe it was just a bad batch.



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  # 698059 8-Oct-2012 18:02
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nakedmolerat: Get DGND4000 - click to see price

Can you get Telstra Cable in your area?

I have DGND3700, and it works well for ADSL and FIBER


I currently have TCL cable but am moving off it for reasons I won't go into.



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  # 698061 8-Oct-2012 18:06
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sbiddle: Since you didn't mention price I can assume it's not an issue my recommendation is Fritz!box 7390 or 7340 if you are happy with fast ethernet rather than gigabit.

Price is a concern but more concerned with features and reliability. Once I have a shortlist of reliable ones with the features I need I'll probably rank by price.

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  # 698117 8-Oct-2012 20:00
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nakedmolerat: Get DGND4000?- click to see price

Can you get Telstra Cable in your area?

I have DGND3700, and it works well for ADSL and FIBER



Is there any lag with accessing or playing files from HDD when connected to the DGND4000?




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  # 698171 8-Oct-2012 21:51
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sbiddle: Since you didn't mention price I can assume it's not an issue my recommendation is Fritz!box 7390 or 7340 if you are happy with fast ethernet rather than gigabit.


The 7340 has 2x gigabit LAN.
The other main difference is the 7390 has simultaneous dual band wifi and 512MB of built in storage.

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