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Topic # 173562 27-May-2015 17:47
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Is it worth paying to upgrade from the HG630b to the HG659b?
And does the HG659b support dual band?
I'm currently in a 100Mbps plan and the majority of my devices support wireless ac.

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  Reply # 1313052 27-May-2015 20:03
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Yes I think it is, and yes it does support dual band. 

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  Reply # 1313082 27-May-2015 20:39
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Yes, AC, dual band, Gbit WAN and LAN

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1313102 27-May-2015 21:00
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Your topic is confusing - the crocodile always eats the bigger one!

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  Reply # 1313203 27-May-2015 23:47
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The HG659 is known not to work to well with apple products as the router drops there connection theres lots of complaints on the vodafone forum and i went through 3 of them myself before i put them all in the bin and
got a netgear. Just a heads up anyway

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  Reply # 1313208 28-May-2015 00:10
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My experience with the Spark branded version was fine with my rMBP, iPhone & Apple TV. 



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  Reply # 1313256 28-May-2015 09:04
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Cool, it seems like the general consensus is yes.
This leads to my second question.
Is it worth paying (give or take) $100 for the HG659b or would I be better off buying a non ISP branded router eg Asus/Netgear etc
Will there be a noticable difference between say the HG659b and the RT-AC66U for example?

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  Reply # 1313674 28-May-2015 19:45
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depends on how you plan on using it

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  Reply # 1313677 28-May-2015 20:06
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If only you were in dunedin i would give you my old one from vodafone to save you $ i hate the hg659 only cause it would drop connection daily on all our apple products apart from that it was good. Is it not a free upgrade to the hg659?

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  Reply # 1313688 28-May-2015 20:20
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If the OP has most of his devices supporting AC, I assume its Apple gear? Grab an Airport Extreme and be done with it. Good investment. Maybe this WWDC there will be an AC upgrade to the lesser priced Express. Then you have a sound router, an Apple happy wifi AC dual band wifi, and you have a few extra LAN ports

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  Reply # 1313705 28-May-2015 20:26
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All my apple products are now best friends with my netgear nighthawk :) 

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Reply # 1313733 28-May-2015 21:13
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I upgraded to the HG 659b when I went to fibre with Spark and it works fine with my iPads and iPhones and support GigE for my NAS. Our 2010 MBP and new MBPr are generally hosted off a old Timecapsule set to bridging mode on 2.5GHz but works fine when moved in range of the master router. So it seems the Spark versions are OK. I think I need to upgrade the TC to a new Airport Express to get 2.5 / 5 GHz with ac WiFi as airplay is iffy !

You cannot use the apple Airport Express directly as a substitute as it does not support VLAN tagging.

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  Reply # 1313766 28-May-2015 21:51
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TEZ: If only you were in dunedin i would give you my old one from vodafone to save you $ i hate the hg659 only cause it would drop connection daily on all our apple products apart from that it was good. Is it not a free upgrade to the hg659?


I'm in Dunedin and would be happy to take it off your hands

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  Reply # 1313804 29-May-2015 07:23
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Scotdownunder: I upgraded to the HG 659b when I went to fibre with Spark and it works fine with my iPads and iPhones and support GigE for my NAS. Our 2010 MBP and new MBPr are generally hosted off a old Timecapsule set to bridging mode on 2.5GHz but works fine when moved in range of the master router. So it seems the Spark versions are OK. I think I need to upgrade the TC to a new Airport Express to get 2.5 / 5 GHz with ac WiFi as airplay is iffy !

You cannot use the apple Airport Express directly as a substitute as it does not support VLAN tagging.


The Airport Express is N 2.4/5  

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  Reply # 1313812 29-May-2015 08:18
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Thanks tdgeek,

I hadn't checked the specs in detail. If no ac I will look elsewhere, unless it gets upgraded at the WWDC in a weeks time.

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  Reply # 1313822 29-May-2015 08:55
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Scotdownunder: Thanks tdgeek,

I hadn't checked the specs in detail. If no ac I will look elsewhere, unless it gets upgraded at the WWDC in a weeks time.


I was just about to add in your last phrase, that would have to be highly likely

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