My Linksys WAG54Gv3 got blasted in a recent thunderstorm, and after limping along for a while, has now finally gone to the big bit bucket in the sky. I've had to dig out an old D-Link 502T to get me back on line until I figure out what I'll replace it with (suggestions here would be very welcome. I'm looking for anything that can better the WAG54Gv3 performance, which has been pretty rock solid on the DSL front, maybe not so good on the wireless, but I'll probably split the wireless away as a seprate box next time. VoIP FXS/FXO line capability might also get added to the wish list).
The interesting thing I've noticed is that, although the modem has come up in ADSL2+ multimode, I cannot get it to run a faster linerate than 7.5Mbps down/900K up. Some might think that's okay, but my Linksys connected at 11Mbps down/ 900K up on exactly the same connection (no suggestions about filters and all that, please. I'm using a central splitter).
For the record, the modem is reporting
SNR 15 12 dB
Atten 28 15 dB
Data rate 7547 901 kbps
(The old Linksys I believe (can't check anymore) had an SNR of 12/12 dB down/up.)
I've had a look around to see whether I have the latest firmware on the 502T, and currently have installed
ADSL Firmware version is 5.00.04.00 - 5.00.03.00 - 5.00.03.00 Annex A - 01.07.2b - 0.52
ADSL Software Version V3.00B02NZ.20060710
which (from the date), looks quite old? But I can't see anything NZ-specific that's newer. Hardware-wise, its not a gen II, its a ver. A5, but I believe these are supposed to be capable of ADSL2+ speeds (unless anyone knows better?).
(Note: The 502T status page reports both ADSL Firmware and ADSL Software versions? The Firmware version didn't change when I upgraded, only the Software version. Is it separately upgradeable?)
So, my question is, does anyone have an explanation as to why I can't get the same higher line sync rate I was getting on the linksys? I'm on a FS/FS plan with Orcon, and they couldn't explain it. Is there a later software or firmware version I can load? Or is it something else? TIA