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# 143739 25-Apr-2014 12:46
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Hi there.  I've just moved into a house where I couldn't get Vodafone [TCL] cable and I'm now on a Vodafone VDSL connection.  I've been pleasantly surprised with VDSL.  I'm getting consistently better speeds than my cable connection.

The only problem is that the Huawei HG659 is rubbish.  If you do something like add a DHCP reservation it loses other settings like custom DNS.  Basically it's only reliable run with out of the box settings.  I also is causing problems with Netflix clients on my Bluray and Roku.  The only way to watch Netflix is now on a laptop.  I'd like to give UnoVPN a go from a router but it currently seems to be PPTP only.

So I'm in the market for a better modem/router.  Having a bit of a look at what's being retailed there seems to be only a few options

Draytek DV2760.  Massive feature set.  Supports site to site VPN which would be useful as Vodafone transparent cache seems to nerf Netflix resources delivered from a CDN (aka title graphics).  looks like it would allow me to set up multiple subnets, so I could have a pure Voda WLAN and a I'm in the US WLAN for media devices.  The big con is no Ethernet port so would be a wasted investment if the fibre run that currently bisects my curb break to get to the local primary school makes it to the house any time soon.

ASUS D-66SLU.  Looks to geared around fast a/v performance.  Has an Ethernet wan port so would not be a wasted investment when fibre arrives.  Seems to have no support for site to site VPN.  Also doesn't appear a candidate for dd-wrt to add a VPN client.

ZyXEL VMG8324-B10A.  Looks a solid choice, but the manual seems to indicate that ipsec is the only site to site VPN option.

NetComm NF4V. Also looks like s solid choice.  Once again only IPSEC for VPN.

Is that about the size of what is in the market at the moment?  Does anyone have any recommendations 

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  # 1031050 25-Apr-2014 12:51
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Simple solution if you want features - buy whatever Ethernet router has the features you want and use a Zyxel or Draytek as the modem in bridge mode.

Personally I would always use a Mikrotik as a router because even a $70 device is going to far exceed the capabilities of most devices on the market up to 10x that price - but if you don't have a good knowledge of networking you'll never get your head around RouterOS.

 

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  # 1031091 25-Apr-2014 13:41
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You could try the cheap Zyxel modem with a Asus RT-AC66U. It's got plenty of features out of the box but also allows you to use custom firmware

If the out of the box features aren't enough you could try the Merlin build which has all the VPN features you're after. If thats not enough you could use DD-WRT.

The further you go up the custom firmware ladder, the more complex the setup becomes. I'd recommend the Merlin build as it is the official firmware with more features added in so it's still easy to use.




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I have a fairly good knowledge of network.  My problem is more that I'm used to enterprise class equipment and I feel like most of the options are toys.  I'm also trying to minimise the number of devices I need power for.  I'm getting near the point I'll need to run a second 10amp circuit to where everything is located.

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  # 1031129 25-Apr-2014 14:32
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Glassboy: I have a fairly good knowledge of network.  My problem is more that I'm used to enterprise class equipment and I feel like most of the options are toys.  I'm also trying to minimise the number of devices I need power for.  I'm getting near the point I'll need to run a second 10amp circuit to where everything is located.


Well if you have the expertise to use enterprise equipment then I'd suggest going with sbiddle's suggestion.




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  # 1031130 25-Apr-2014 14:33
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If you want enterprise features buy an enterprise device or a Mikrotik - you can't expect to get enterprise features on consumer grade equipment because people only want the cheapest possible product!

Bridge mode allows you to use any device you want, which is the only way you're going to find something that meets your requirements.







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  # 1031143 25-Apr-2014 14:59
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Does anyone in NZ sell Mikrotek?

 
 
 
 


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  # 1031281 25-Apr-2014 18:07
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Campbell Software and Go Wireless are both official distributors.


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