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Topic # 180785 21-Sep-2015 23:08
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Hi,

after having endured this awful TG585v8 router for so long I decided it was time to get rid of it, or at least its wireless functionality. The ethernet on it works fine, but the wireless must be malfunctioning or something because over wifi I get intermittent 3+ second pings to the router itself at any distance, even sitting right next to it; the wifi network also dies occasionally and will not revive, and the router needs to be rebooted constantly, the telnet interface is obscenely slow and the web interface often does not load at all, etc... It does not seem to be overheating, the router's system load during the latency spikes looks okay, it's not an interference or range problem, I've just eventually concluded that something inside the router is seriously borked. Inconveniently this stock ISP router has the modem integrated (ADSL2+).

Anyway I've finally had enough of this stupid piece of hardware making my life miserable and am looking for a new router. So far the most promising ones I found were:

* the Netgear AC1200 (D6200) modem + router, but people have reported issues with it and it also doesn't have external antennas; I don't know if it makes a huge difference to the range but I have only ever used routers with external antennas and my house has quite a few rather thick walls so I need powerful reception

* the Netgear DGN2200 modem + router, which is cheap but for some reason these Netgear modem/router combos have a lot of bad reviews from users frown

 * the D-Link DIR-880L, which is rather expensive and does not come with a modem (so I'd have to hook it up to my current router via ethernet until I can get a separate modem) but has good reviews and actually looks decent (not that appearance is hugely important)

But I don't really know if these are any good. Reading reviews off the net it seems every router ever made has every problem imaginable, can someone help me see through this mess and recommend me a good router that will actually function as advertised? I am a technical person software-wise and can do any and all setup needed but I will no longer tolerate bad connectivity. I also don't care much for any advanced features like parental control or whatever, basic functionality only will do fine. Shared drive capability would be a bonus but not required. Being able to install custom firmware on it would be a bonus but if the stock firmware actually works I'm probably not going to be flashing it for fun.

Thanks for any advice,
a frustrated user

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  Reply # 1392416 23-Sep-2015 07:38
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Anyone? smile

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  Reply # 1392418 23-Sep-2015 07:40
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whats your budget?

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1392420 23-Sep-2015 07:44
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What are your requirements?

Latency spikes on wireless will be one of two things - WiFi interference or poor signal strength leading to low throughput and/or you're saturating the WiFi.



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  Reply # 1392430 23-Sep-2015 07:57
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Jase2985: whats your budget?


$350 including everything I guess.

sbiddle: What are your requirements?

Latency spikes on wireless will be one of two things - WiFi interference or poor signal strength leading to low throughput and/or you're saturating the WiFi.


Signal strength is good, I don't see how it could be interference given that it kills the wireless network most of the time when it happens; if it were just interference the network would be picked back up once the interference would have subsided. It also happens no matter where I am. Not sure how a single user doing nothing could be saturating the wifi, it happens when no-one is on it except me pinging it, the network is secured and there are no other wifi networks around.

If it was interference though I will instantly know after installing the new router sealed

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  Reply # 1392433 23-Sep-2015 08:10
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Interference can come from other sources

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  Reply # 1392440 23-Sep-2015 08:34
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Bacterius:
If it was interference though I will instantly know after installing the new router sealed


For various reasons that won't necessarily be the case.



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  Reply # 1392967 23-Sep-2015 18:52
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If you have an android device it's worth taking a look in basic wifi analyzer like https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.farproc.wifi.analyzer



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  Reply # 1393016 23-Sep-2015 19:40
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sbiddle:
Bacterius:
If it was interference though I will instantly know after installing the new router sealed


For various reasons that won't necessarily be the case.


Awesome, a trouble-free experience is exactly what I'm looking for!

Ragnor: If you have an android device it's worth taking a look in basic wifi analyzer like https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.farproc.wifi.analyzer


Already did that as part of my troubleshooting. The spectrum is clean, our router sits on channel 11, there are 2-3 other routers on channels 1 and 6, another neighbour is sitting with us on channel 11 but is barely registering (their signals are < -90 dBm, we never pick up their SSID and the problems we experience are demonstrably not correlated to any particular change in the spectrum). Our router's signal strength for comparison is -49 dBm from my desktop which is pretty far away, there are people less than a meter away from the router with laptops and they all experience the same issues at the same time. Really, I've done my homework on this, I am pretty damn certain the router's wireless firmware or hardware is blown and that it's not an environmental issue. To be direct, I wouldn't be willing to spend a good amount of cash to get a replacement if I could just fix the problem by pushing furniture around or yelling at my neighbours or kicking my router or something.

I'm honestly not that mad at my router itself, it's like, five years old now, not too shabby for a stock hardware in my opinion. But I'd be really interested to know if people have a good router that they recommend and that they have had success with in the long term, I don't know a whole lot about them to make a decision yet.

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  Reply # 1393031 23-Sep-2015 20:09
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It's best to get a separate modem. The DrayTek Vigor 120 is the best on the market, or you can get the 130 if you plan on upgrading to VDSL.

As for router, try Asus RT-AC56U?

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  Reply # 1393115 23-Sep-2015 21:50
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Since you are with spark. Just buy a hg630 off trademe.





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  Reply # 1393141 23-Sep-2015 22:11
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Sounds like you prefer devices that you can install stuff on if needed, but an Airport Express with dual band Wifi for $159 connected via ethernet to your modem would be trouble free in my experience. Won't have the range of some of the other devices listed, but very reliable at connecting and maintaining good throughput.

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