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Topic # 204562 7-Oct-2016 07:58
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Having recently changed to spark fibre we are having even more problems with peak time traffic than we did on ADSL. A little research shows the Huawei H659B does not do wifi very well, atleast not consistently, and not in larger houses.


Because of this I opted to get the highly regarded Asus RT-N56U, I initially tried setting it up, having changed to bridging mode on the Spark modem, however, it was not playing ball, the Asus did not like the IP it was being assigned.


Having read some more I found that some firmware versions on the Asus should vlan tagging and thus being able to connect directly to the ONT. So I gave it a go last night, and sure enough, after a little playing, the router could supposedly see the internet, the problem was my devices could not see the internet, nor connect to a known network. My PC, connected via ethernet was supposedly on an unknown network, despite configuring the LAN settings on the Asus. 


My daughter "needed" the internet, so I stopped there and will continue again this weekend, but has anyone else successfully got an RT-N56U on to an ONT without issue? and if so was there any secrets or hurdles? I'm hoping it might just be some setting I am missing, I don't really want to have to try a bunch of firmware until I get what should be available on all firmware.











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  Reply # 1647043 7-Oct-2016 08:41
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I had a quick squiz on the web, and apparently new firmware allows this device do do 802.1q vlan tagging (which is needed for spark). Have you upgraded it to the latest version of the firmware? 


Yeh I am using a HG659 at home, its fine but the wifi signal is a bit weak. I believe the wifi on those ASUS units is a lot better.


If you just need the wifi in another part of the house turn off the routing & DHCP, put it in another part of the house further away from the HG659b, and just use it as an access point.



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  Reply # 1647069 7-Oct-2016 09:04
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Yes, I have tried both the latest ASUS and another third party one, as I said I have the vlan tagging option, that is not a problem I believe, in that the router itself and the GUI say I have a WAN and internet connection. The problem is the LAN, my PC says it is an unknown network and therefore have no internet connection. 


I will have time to play this weekend, so I hope to resolve it myself, but was just hoping someone with experience of this router might have some tips or suggestions.



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  Reply # 1647075 7-Oct-2016 09:15
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Does your new router have DHCP enabled? Obviously you can connect to the router if you have been able to make config changes which suggest the LAN ports are working properly. 


I suspect your issue is either an IP address or DNS issue. 


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  Reply # 1647077 7-Oct-2016 09:16
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Screenshots of your router LAN config and also of a client machines config would be helpful

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  Reply # 1647126 7-Oct-2016 10:39
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I have had the router running with Vodafone fiber fine recently, on 100/20, i still have it somewhere with those settings in place, so i can probably take a screen shot of them or something at the weekend,  if you still get stuck, i would think it would be similar for spark fiber.


simple logic.

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  Reply # 1647391 7-Oct-2016 17:15
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Got it working this afternoon. I didn't do anything different from last night, just did the same things again, though perhaps it was the sequence, because it then worked. Good thing is, having renames the SSID the same as my old one all wireless devices just reconnected as normal.


Happy to say, so far it appears a little stronger, the normal problem area of week wifi in my daughters room is now about -5 to 10db better signal, the proof will be tonight when watching netflix during peak times, that is normally when the problems would arise.

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