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#28427 29-Nov-2008 11:04
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I have been having major issues for the last 6 months or so with my ADSL connection dropping out multiple times a day and it taking 5 minutes+ to reconnect.  With multiple calls via my ISP who then pass it to telecom they have asked me to change my modem/router.

Currently I have a 802.11g US Robotics 9106 which has worked great since the day I bought god knows how many years ago. 

Now I went out and bought a Linksys WAG160N and have configured it all up and I have conencted all ok.  Looking at the logs this morning I see a hep more disconnections.  Ignore this issue I went to the linksys site as to look at support for this router so I could check if I had the latest firmware adn any other tidbits of info and noticed a lot of forums saying the router has been pulled fromt he support site (which it has).

Are these routers any good
Does anyone know why the support has been pulled?
Are there better alternatives to linksys i.e. Dlink etc.  

I want to go to 802.11n but wondering if it is better to stay at 11g.

Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreaciated as I will take my linksys back in a flash before my right f return runs out. :)

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  #181673 2-Dec-2008 21:41
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Demand (and I mean demand, it involves sending out a tech to the exchange so they usually dont want to do it) they plug you into a new port at the exchange if they havent done so already.

I wouldnt use a linksys ADSL modem if you paid me too.  LInksys IP phones, ATA's etc.. are good but for awhile I've found linksys adsl modem/routers substandard (excluding the WRT models)  In saything Dlink is not a better brand!

If you want a good all in one router go with a Draytek (any model).  Netgear make okay gear nothing special but never really remember any of the models being flakey either. 3com are good as always but a bit pricey for what you get.


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  #181819 3-Dec-2008 16:34
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I agree linksys routers seem ok, but there ADSL modems suck and spend most of their life reconnecting. The most stable modems and ones that seem to suit Telecoms ISAMs best are broadcom based ones. Dynalink, TP-Link, most DSE branded ones, Thompson, all these sport Broadcom chipsets and from my experience with most of those and in particular the DSE ones, they hardly ever reconnect or miss a beat.

If I am not mistaken Linksys use the TI AR7 chipset which has widely publicised connection issues.

You may be better off purchasing a cheaper but Broadcom powered modem for internet connection and a wifi N AP or router AP for ethernet switching and WiFi services within your network.


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  #181867 3-Dec-2008 20:07
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I still have my sure connect 9106 and I am trying to decide if getting a modem with ADSL2+ would be worth it - the 9106 is soooo reliable i dont really wanna give it up

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  #181876 3-Dec-2008 20:56
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Personally I'm not fused about ADSL2, At the ISP end your not going to get more than 8mb download especially internationally so what really is the benefit at the moment?

So if the 9106 works well for you, I imagine being made by USR it will continue to work well for quite some time so why bother changing?

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