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#271866 29-May-2020 22:32
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So, this is in Wellington.. we have been running FibreX for some time and have only just had it upgraded to Ultrafast HFC, Max speed. I need to get the Ultrahub replaced with another type of router for the following reason: not enough Ethernet ports

 

The former router had 4 Ethernet ports. This supported 2 connected PC's, Vodafone TV & network-attached hard drive.

 

The new Ultrahub only has 3 Ethernet ports, and we now also have to support a Wifi-booster connection to a Vodafone TV box in another room for a second TV, so this takes up an ethernet port. So we can only have one PC connected, and the 2 x Vodafone TV boxes. Or remove the Wifi booster and plug in the second PC for the duration of when the PC is required, then change it back again.

 

Can anyone recommend the best solution to this dilemma? Either:

 

- Getting another router with more Ethernet ports
- Getting a switch or splitter so that we can connect more devices together

 

I have to admit I haven't done a lot of searching yet, but I will. But if anybody has a good recommendation for the best way around this to meet my requirements, that would be great.

 

Price is of course a consideration but not the biggest factor. I'll pay for something that is better quality, if it's easier to use and offers better specs / speeds.

 

The online chat VF guy said to go to Noel Leeming but who knows how good their advice will be hahaha!

 

Something that is relatively straight forward to set up without too much configuration (plug n play and it works) would of course be preferable!

 

Thanks in advance!


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  #2494702 29-May-2020 22:48
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The easiest approach, if the Ultrahub is otherwise working fine for you, is your second option of getting a small ethernet switch.

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  #2494703 29-May-2020 22:50
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If you have a landline you cant ditch the Ultrahub because voda dont release sip details

 

If you are Naked Broadband get a RB4011, people on here will call it overkill but I say its king of bang for buck


 
 
 
 


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  #2494706 29-May-2020 23:00
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@nztim The problem with recommending the RB4011 is they're not easy to configure, and it is easy to create massive security problems if you're not careful enough. Despite me having a guide, they're not the router to recommend to everyone. Also I would argue your fact with saying the Edgerouter 10X is better bang for buck as it is able to route Gigabit fine, and is relatively easy to set up. Anyway, that is a topic for another day.

 

@scoobydoo If you want easy to set up then just grab a simple switch like this: https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/SWHTPL1010/TP-Link-TL-SG1008D-8-Port-Gigabit-Unmanaged-Switch

 

Combine it with the free shipping code PBSMART4ME (https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=164&topicid=271776) and you'll get 7 more Ethernet ports (1x uplinked to the router) for less than $40.







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  #2494707 29-May-2020 23:00
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Ah okay. We are naked... no landline. So that makes things easier, yes?


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  #2494711 29-May-2020 23:06
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If you want plug and play, I don't think it's worth over complicating the thing. 

 

 

 

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/SWHTPL1007/TP-Link-TL-SG1005D-5-Port-Gigabit-Unmanaged-Switch

 

 

 

That or similar will plug into your current router and provide 4 more useable ethernet ports. 




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  #2494712 29-May-2020 23:06
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Ohhh $475 is way more than I'm willing to spend. I was thinking a couple hundy... but $475? Nah!

 

I much prefer the $40 option haha! Hooking up a switch is easy enough? I've never used a switch before personally.

 

Says 1 in stock in Wellington... I can just go and pick it up!




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  #2494716 29-May-2020 23:10
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lxsw20:

 

If you want plug and play, I don't think it's worth over complicating the thing. 

 

 

 

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/SWHTPL1007/TP-Link-TL-SG1005D-5-Port-Gigabit-Unmanaged-Switch

 

 

 

That or similar will plug into your current router and provide 4 more useable ethernet ports. 

 

 

 

 

Ohhh better... $29 haha!

 

Exactly the same as above but just 5 port rather than 8 port? For the sake of $10, may as well get the 8-port. Will give a bit more future-proofing I guess


 
 
 
 


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  #2494727 29-May-2020 23:39
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  #2494729 29-May-2020 23:43
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michaelmurfy:

 

Read my comment above regarding free shipping also.

 

 

Yeah I did see that thanks, but I live in Wellington and I can pick up same day, or at the very least next day. That's a better option than likely wait up to 5-7 days for a courier to arrive!

 

Thanks for the info and the help... perfecto :)


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  #2494816 30-May-2020 09:12
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michaelmurfy:

 

@nztim The problem with recommending the RB4011 is they're not easy to configure, and it is easy to create massive security problems if you're not careful enough. Despite me having a guide, they're not the router to recommend to everyone. Also I would argue your fact with saying the Edgerouter 10X is better bang for buck as it is able to route Gigabit fine, and is relatively easy to set up. Anyway, that is a topic for another day.

 

 

Yup, things like disabling your MAC server on the WAN (and on the HFC network you can plug your laptop straight into your cable modem and launch winbox and see all the Mikrotiks out there)

 

I am not suggesting by any means that it is a router for someone who doesn't know what they are doing! 

 

I would love to have a play with an Edgerouter! I have never used them before....

 

 


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