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Topic # 27396 24-Oct-2008 12:13
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Hello folks. Well, I think everyone knows this router is garbage, but I have no spare cash to upgrade. So I have to make do with this router. Basically I have been having problems with this router where Im surfing fine 1 minute, and the next thing I know.. The hazard icon thing pops up at the wireless icon.. and the connection says limited connection and nothing works. This keeps happening, but when I take my LAN cable out and use the wireless it is ok. 
After rebooting and putting the LAN wire back in.. it works.. then 15 mins later same story. Besides this issue, wireless keeps dropping sometimes needing a reboot. 
I got this router free when I hooked up with XTRA broadband but am now on Xnet. So I am using the router stock and how it came from XTRA with whatever firmware was on there. Now, i need some help .. If i updated firmware would it be better? Any advice (those who have this router). I am absolutely clueless so keep the explanations simple please :) and please do help me out. 

Firmware Version :  V3.00B01T01.TX.20060516

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  Reply # 173339 24-Oct-2008 13:06
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Now I am not 100% sure, but I would guess that you are still using xtra's firmware on that unit.

Therefor, you will need to contact xtra about upgrading it to the latest firmware, as d-link will not provide it. Another option would be to change the firmware to an Australian version. But if you are worried about saving money, then the potential of bricking your unit may hold you back from playing with the firmware.



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  Reply # 173358 24-Oct-2008 14:46
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you are right. I am on the XTRA firmware. I called XTRA and spoke to them. I told them about the problems I am facing with the router, they are sending me a replacement but the same model. i told them that this particular model tends to give problems.. as this will be my 3rd replacement now.. he then said that it cannot be the router and must be my computer/laptop and possibly interference in the house.. which i think is rubbish lol.. anyway i asked him about firmware and he said "dont worry about the firmware". So i didnt ask him anything further about the firmware...
I will wait for the replacement.. and see if the firmware is newer than what I have on now. and see how it goes.. I am no longer with XTRA, but as you said D link does not provide firmware... So is it ok to use xtra's firmware for other isp's? 

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  Reply # 173361 24-Oct-2008 14:51
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You should not have any problems with xtra's firmware when using the router with another ISP.

If this one fails again, then I would see if you can push Telecom for a Thompson branded router, however they may not give it to you as you are nolonger their customer.

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  Reply # 173742 26-Oct-2008 19:58
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There's no firmware release for it. Xtra comissioned D-Link to make this router specifically for them with slightly different hardware, so that it wouldn't work with any other firmware. I've seen this before a lot with big ISPs like BT in the UK, seen it with Telecom here with this very router and a few others across Europe. I did read something about a year ago about someone bodging some firmware onto it from a German D-Link but I can't remember the details and I remember him saying he had problems with it afterwards.

The wireless problem I think from previous experience, is actually the hardware and that the firmware (even if you could upgrade it) wouldn't make much difference. Unfortunately all I can recommend is use the new one Xtra are sending you for a while (Again from previous experience it takes 3 to 6 months before the hardware just seems to crap out all together and start dropping the wireless etc) and hopefully by the time the new one craps out you'll be able to splash on a new Router. I recommend Netgear, Linksys or Zyxel if you've got the extra cash and can find someone in NZ who can retail them. I'm trying desperately to be able to retail Zyxels in NZ because no one else seems to, will be a long time before the negotiations to sort that one are done though.



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  Reply # 173743 26-Oct-2008 20:13
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hey. guess will do as u suggested. any recommendations as to what router to get if the d link stuffs up soon? Found this link http://www.xpcomputers.co.nz/views.asp?hw_id=573  -> these good? never heard of them though.. but then again im not familiar with routers etc. I heard people who changed their routers also get better speeds from their broadband.. 

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  Reply # 173758 26-Oct-2008 20:57
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I personally run a 662 HW D1 (Doubt you'll need one of these as it's main features are 20 static VPN connections, SPi Firewall, DMZ port and a whole bunch of other corporate level features a home user just doesn't need. lol) the 660 or 661 Wireless routers should be fine for you. Using our 662 I get more than a meg better speeds than on any other router we've used here, including Ciscos (I'm a CCNA btw so that should really say something).

I used these routers in the U.K. as corporate routers for companies who wanted a corporate level premium router but couldn't neccessarily afford Ciscos overzealous pricing and needed something better than a D-Link or Netgear.

The one issue with the Zyxels that I must advise you of before you get one, is that the firmware sometimes needs updating from the factory installed one. Not particularly a problem since you can download the firmware from their site and upload it VERY easily through the GUI with no trickery or wizardry required on your own part. I'm hoping to be a Zyxel retailer myself soon as I said before :D.

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  Reply # 173760 26-Oct-2008 21:01
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I doub't Telecom-Xtra will send you another Dlink router, they will likely send you a Thomson one, which is a nice unit.

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  Reply # 173772 26-Oct-2008 22:48
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Hollow: ... I'm trying desperately to be able to retail Zyxels in NZ because no one else seems to ...
How about campbell.co.nz? (No association.) They have been selling ZyXELs for many years.



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  Reply # 173776 26-Oct-2008 23:06
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nzbnw: I doub't Telecom-Xtra will send you another Dlink router, they will likely send you a Thomson one, which is a nice unit.

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I asked them on the phone if they will be giving me a different model because its my 2nd exchange.. they said sorry but they can only give me the same model. So I very much doubt I will be getting a Thomson.. and thanks to hollow for the response.. I will look into these routers.. I am not a techy person, so just anted to comfirm it.. Cause it says online "soho network" and i have no idea what that means.. so was wondering if It would just do the job I require.. which is to use the net .. cheers

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  Reply # 173792 27-Oct-2008 00:16
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Interesting as I'm not sure where they plan to get a Dlink from, so keep us posted anyway.

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  Reply # 173795 27-Oct-2008 00:44
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SOHO in laymans speak is to say a home security router. It connects to ADSL, has a firewall and incorporates a level of encryption over wireless such as WPA etc etc.



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  Reply # 174336 29-Oct-2008 12:04
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hey guys. to my delight, xtra has sent me a thomson instead. i have to say eventhough i havrnt used the modem for more than half an hr.. it looks very promising.. my speeds have increased as well. now just figuring out the wireless to test it out. but nce clean simple interface.

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  Reply # 174337 29-Oct-2008 12:11
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Excellent, glad to hear you got it sorted so quickly and easily.



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  Reply # 174342 29-Oct-2008 12:25
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yeah.. pretty glad.. on another note.. need some advice on a wireless card for one of my older laptops. Im currently using a NetComm NP543 Ultra Series Wireless card and its absolute rubbish. I cant get more than 1 bar signal from other rooms in the house.. and sometimes lose out on connection due to range. So I need to get something much better than this. 
I was browsing and found these: http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Networking-modems/Wireless-networking/Adaptors/auction-184145837.htm 
and 
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Networking-modems/Wireless-networking/Cards/auction-184369261.htm 

What do you think? Feel free to suggest anything. Within these budgets of course ;) 
Cheers

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  Reply # 175137 1-Nov-2008 18:53
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How are you finding your new Thomson modem?

You can get USB wireless Thomson cards for about $80 from Telecom (123/Xtra) which should go nicely with your new modem rather than getting a competing brand?

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