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# 222652 22-Aug-2017 16:09
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Please forgive me if there is a discussion elsewhere. I'm just about to move into a new house and am in the process of selecting an ISP. The generally accepted principle seems to be that ISP-provided modems are usually not the best. I'm looking for one that would serve me for any ISP and will also handle all of the static routing and IP blocking that one needs in this modern age to stay connected to the streaming services of choice.

 

Looking around, the ASUS DSL-AC52U looks to be a good compromise in terms of price and functionality. Would it do the job, please? Are there other alternatives? The only brand I've been advised to steer clear of is Netgear as their stuff tends to misbehave with my work VPN.

 

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  # 1850464 22-Aug-2017 16:16
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With a couple of exceptions, ISP supplied modems aren't that bad any more - for most uses they're perfectly adequate.

 

Is there anything unusual or specific you need to be able to do?


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  # 1850532 22-Aug-2017 16:49
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makes a sorta difference Fiber or xDSL?





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  # 1850544 22-Aug-2017 16:52
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I've got a list here: https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=66&topicid=197871

 

But something else I am trying out (got one to review) is the Granstream GWN7000 router (Here) and so far been incredibly impressed with it. Combined with the Grandstream GWN7610 AP (Here) it is a winning combo.





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  # 1850636 22-Aug-2017 19:24
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sbowness:

 

The generally accepted principle seems to be that ISP-provided modems are usually not the best.

 

 

I'd ague that this is no longer the generally accepted principle. 

 

Unless you need features not present within the hardware supplied by your RSP then using what they provide is always the best option.

 

You have support, and something that'd guaranteed to work correctly. The number of people complaining on here that their new $400 router can't get close to Gigabit is a classic scenario - because something like the HG659b supplied by Vodafone and Spark will beat many off the shelf devices in this price range hands down in many areas.

 

 

 

 




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  # 1850637 22-Aug-2017 19:30
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Thanks for the feedback so far. I should have mentioned that it will be fibre.

It comes down to wifi reach in the house and whether I can do the unblocking. In our last place we had a HG659 and that was by and large ok. You can't do static routes but the IP blocking me pant that DNS4ME worked fine.

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  # 1850639 22-Aug-2017 19:34
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If you're getting fibre, you don't need a modem at all. You need to get a router.


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If you're about to move in to a new house, Use an HG659 and buy an extra AP to put over the other side of your house using the structured wiring your new house should have


 
 
 
 




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  # 1850680 22-Aug-2017 21:27
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Recommendations?

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  # 1850709 22-Aug-2017 21:54
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sbowness: Recommendations?

 

Did you have a look at my thread? Otherwise some I would recommend:

Ubiquiti Amplifi - Very good especially if you're wanting good WiFi coverage too and want simplicity.
Grandstream GWN7000 + Grandstream GWN7610 - Well priced, extremely good WiFi performance and features too however a little more advanced. They're quite new but firmware is coming along very nicely.
Ubiquiti USG + Ubiquiti UniFi gear - A little more dollar wise but cloud management is a nice feature from them.







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  # 1850717 22-Aug-2017 22:09
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michaelmurfy:

sbowness: Recommendations?


Did you have a look at my thread? Otherwise some I would recommend:

Ubiquiti Amplifi - Very good especially if you're wanting good WiFi coverage too and want simplicity.
Grandstream GWN7000 + Grandstream GWN7610 - Well priced, extremely good WiFi performance and features too however a little more advanced. They're quite new but firmware is coming along very nicely.
Ubiquiti USG + Ubiquiti UniFi gear - A little more dollar wise but cloud management is a nice feature from them.



Thanks, Michael. Sorry, I missed your earlier post.

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  # 1850767 22-Aug-2017 22:23
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michaelmurfy:

I've got a list here: https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=66&topicid=197871


But something else I am trying out (got one to review) is the Granstream GWN7000 router (Here) and so far been incredibly impressed with it. Combined with the Grandstream GWN7610 AP (Here) it is a winning combo.



That AP looks pretty decent, might need to upgrade my Unifi Pro (wireless n).

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