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  Reply # 1163414 28-Oct-2014 11:19
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Slightly OT but I've got one of the new Netcomm NF8AC routers arriving tomorrow. This is similar to the NF4V offering ADSL2+, VDSL2 and Ethernet but has dual band WiFi with AC but lacks the voice ports. A model with the voice ports is due out soon.

Wholesale price is similar to the NF4V.


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  Reply # 1163415 28-Oct-2014 11:20
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deadlyllama: TP-Link do a dual band router for $95 on pricespy (TL-WDR3600).  It can run OpenWRT and friends, too.


Thanks, was looking for the same thing myself ...




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  Reply # 1163495 28-Oct-2014 12:40
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Do both bands work with openwrt? I have a cheapie tenda branded one, and it had no openwrt but I did find a tomato for it, but only 2.4Ghz works, 5GHz is a seperate radio inside it.




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  Reply # 1163498 28-Oct-2014 12:42
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what sort of processors are in those? Some of the cheaper routers can't handle 100Mbps WAN throughput.



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  Reply # 1163513 28-Oct-2014 12:57
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wasabi2k: what sort of processors are in those? Some of the cheaper routers can't handle 100Mbps WAN throughput.


If it's similar to the NF4V, it should be capable of Gigabit speed NAT/Routing as the Broadcom CPU has a dedicated hardware router (so called "packet accelerator").

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  Reply # 1170344 6-Nov-2014 21:24
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sbiddle: Slightly OT but I've got one of the new Netcomm NF8AC routers arriving tomorrow. This is similar to the NF4V offering ADSL2+, VDSL2 and Ethernet but has dual band WiFi with AC but lacks the voice ports. A model with the voice ports is due out soon.

Wholesale price is similar to the NF4V.



Have you had much of a chance to play with it?

is it relatively easy to setup?

would you recommend it?

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  Reply # 1170434 7-Nov-2014 07:21
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I'd have no issues recommending it, but haven't had a good chance to play with it. For all intent purposes it's an identical product to the NF4V except for lacking the VoIP ports and featuring AC wireless instead. The GUI and setup are identical. As for easy setup, I think the setup is pretty straight forward, but then when you look at people on here who have spent days trying to get one to work with Bigpipe it's possible some may find it confusing.

One of the benefits in buying one from an ISP that supports TR069 provisioning of the device is that there is nothing at all to touch.

I haven't had a good chance to test the AC wireless yet, all I can tell you is I hit 92Mbps on it but that was all I could do because it was plugged into a 100Mbps uplink at the time!




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  Reply # 1170483 7-Nov-2014 09:04
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Do you want something that just 5Ghz or dual band?

For wireless i'd recommend Ruckus, see if you can pickup a dual band 7962 off trade me, Its not a current model but its still a very good access point and you can still get updated firmware for them. Plus you can run 6+ SSID's on each band.



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  Reply # 1170545 7-Nov-2014 10:03
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Thanks BTR.  For now I'm getting a small dual-band AP from China, going to see how that goes .. at least it is cheap ($30 ish landed)

If that's no good, I'll probably go for an airport express, or a mikrotik

I was looking for 5Ghz only but it seems in the cheaper price ranges, all are dual band.  Which is fine, it can always be switched off.  Or left on and screw the neighbours.

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  Reply # 1170644 7-Nov-2014 11:22
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ubergeeknz: Thanks BTR.  For now I'm getting a small dual-band AP from China, going to see how that goes .. at least it is cheap ($30 ish landed)


URL?



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  Reply # 1170652 7-Nov-2014 11:32
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deadlyllama:
ubergeeknz: Thanks BTR.  For now I'm getting a small dual-band AP from China, going to see how that goes .. at least it is cheap ($30 ish landed)


URL?


http://www.dx.com/p/dual-band-2-4-5ghz-300mbps-ieee-802-3u-a-n-b-g-wireless-ap-wi-fi-repeater-white-au-plug-355234#.VE6rkvmUeyA

$34.56NZD

It's in transit now...

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  Reply # 1170795 7-Nov-2014 13:14
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ubergeeknz:
deadlyllama:
ubergeeknz: Thanks BTR.  For now I'm getting a small dual-band AP from China, going to see how that goes .. at least it is cheap ($30 ish landed)


URL?


http://www.dx.com/p/dual-band-2-4-5ghz-300mbps-ieee-802-3u-a-n-b-g-wireless-ap-wi-fi-repeater-white-au-plug-355234#.VE6rkvmUeyA

$34.56NZD

It's in transit now...


Alas -- EU plug, unlikely to have openwrt support or any GPLed source available to help with that. I will continue my search for cheap dual-band devices suitable for mesh networks.



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deadlyllama:
ubergeeknz:
deadlyllama:
ubergeeknz: Thanks BTR.  For now I'm getting a small dual-band AP from China, going to see how that goes .. at least it is cheap ($30 ish landed)


URL?


http://www.dx.com/p/dual-band-2-4-5ghz-300mbps-ieee-802-3u-a-n-b-g-wireless-ap-wi-fi-repeater-white-au-plug-355234#.VE6rkvmUeyA

$34.56NZD

It's in transit now...


Alas -- EU plug, unlikely to have openwrt support or any GPLed source available to help with that. I will continue my search for cheap dual-band devices suitable for mesh networks.


No, this version has AU/NZ plug.  Not sure about openwrt support, but once I get it I'll know more.  Don't really care about it tbh as it's just going to be an AP.

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  Reply # 1170816 7-Nov-2014 13:21
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5Ghz is better at handling interference as there are more channels to choose from however as perviously said it doesn't travel as far as 2.4Ghz although 2.4Ghz is affect by microwaves, cordless phones and other household equipment that use 2.4Ghz, each have their pros and cons.

I run my laptops on 5Ghz as it offers better throughout and my mobiles on 2.4Ghz to get better range i.e. still have good signal if I'm outside having a beer.



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  Reply # 1170844 7-Nov-2014 13:43
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The major problem where I am is our neighbours are very close, so 2.4Ghz interference is massive.  Also where my router is situated is near one end of the house.  So a 2nd AP situated near the middle of the house with 5Ghz or maybe dual band on a different channel should do the job (it's a small house)

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