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Topic # 150073 10-Jul-2014 13:53
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Hi,

I was wondering as I'm getting Fibre installed next week, and if I wanted to use my own modem.
What kind of modem do I need? As I'm looking for something that supports VoIP and good wireless connection.

I did a little research, and found, I need something capable of VLAN tagging? but I don't know what models or brands sell Fibre modems in New Zealand.
Any help would be much appreciated as you can see, I don't know too much about it.

Thanks



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  Reply # 1086437 10-Jul-2014 13:57
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You don't need a modem, you need a router.

Most ISPs supply a provisioned router with new connections - is there any reason why you're not going to use this if they are supplying one?

As for using a 3rd party router you need something that supports 802.1p tagging on the WAN so VLAN10 can be set. Probably 90% of Ethernet routers on the market do not support this functionality. There are ISPs who may not support using a 3rd party router without MAC cloning.





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  Reply # 1086445 10-Jul-2014 14:21
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I hear from my friends that the routers provided have poor wireless range. I live in a 2 storey house with multiple wireless devices, such as my mums TV pad, PC and such.

Alternatively I can connect another better router to the one provided and use that as the wireless? Just looking for possibly cheaper option for good wifi

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1086447 10-Jul-2014 14:33
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Safest option might be to just piggy-back additional wireless devices off their router.  That way if there is an internet issue, you are troubleshooting with equipment the ISP knows so they are less likely to blame your equipment.

If you need help turning your current wireless router into a wireless access point (by setting a static IP and then disabling DHCP in that device) just let us know.




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  Reply # 1086455 10-Jul-2014 14:58
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Alright, Thanks for the help, I will give that a try once my Fibre is connected up!

*EDIT* Disabling DHCP and setting static IP is all I need?

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  Reply # 1086475 10-Jul-2014 15:20
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LeonJay: I hear from my friends that the routers provided have poor wireless range. I live in a 2 storey house with multiple wireless devices, such as my mums TV pad, PC and such.



Don't assume everything you hear is true. Yes there may be some routers that provide poor wireless, there are also some that are great.

The simple reality these days in a world where 2.4Ghz WiFi is heavily congested in many urban areas is that the old school belief that one "high power" WiFi AP can provide coverage to an entire property if it's big is very much a myth. If you want performance you need to look at moving to 5.8Ghz if you have devices supporting it, multiple APs, and if possible turning the power down.

If you can't get coverage throughout your house install additional APs with Ethernet cabling between them  or using Ethernet over power adapters.




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  Reply # 1086516 10-Jul-2014 16:25
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If you find you really want to go 3rd party, as it were, Asus RT-AC66U is great (RT-AC68U should be great too), imo, otherwise I'd look to Draytek or Mikrotik.




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