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Topic # 223279 22-Sep-2017 07:46
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Hey folks,

 

I live in a city apartment with Slingshot fibre internet but the 2.4Ghz WiFi interference leaves me with bad DSL speeds.

 

I have read a bunch of threads and reviews and I'm very tempted to buy the Netcomm NF8AC.

 

Our ONT is installed in a highly visible place and I need to make it all look as pretty as possible. I would like an economical single box with 5Ghz and an internal antenna.

 

The options are:

 

 - Netcomm NF8AC (Latest Firmware is May 2017) - $200

 

 - Netcomm NF17ACV (latest Firmware is June 2017) - $260

 

I have no requirement for VOIP - is that the only real difference between these guys? 

 

I also bookmarked other devices, but I would really like to have a sleek form factor, so external antennas are a showstopper (and the Fritz is too expensive).

 

 

 

I've read about a periodic DNS issue on the NF8AC, but it's very periodic, it will be fixed at some point, and I don't mind rebooting my router occasionally.

 

The WiFi strength is a bit average due to the internal antennas, but I'm in a one bedroom apartment, I can't imagine WiFi strength being an issue.

 

 

 

Is there any other reason not to buy the NF8AC? Its seems like it will do everything I want to me.


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  Reply # 1870625 22-Sep-2017 07:49
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Can your budget stretch out just a bit further? You can pick up a very good system from Grandstream I have installed for a few folks around here that beats the living crap out of any consumer product.





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  Reply # 1870656 22-Sep-2017 08:24
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You can get a second hand Fritz off trademe for half that!

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It's also not uncommon to see HG659b's going for $20 - $30


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  Reply # 1870703 22-Sep-2017 08:59
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Ubiquiti do some pretty snazzy looking gear around $200-ish.





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  Reply # 1870725 22-Sep-2017 09:31
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Keep your existing modem, turn off wifi on it and get a Ubiquity AC-Lite AP. $155 + GST from GoWifi.

 

 

 

 




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  Reply # 1871296 23-Sep-2017 07:12
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deadlyllama: You can get a second hand Fritz off trademe for half that!

 

That sir, is a brilliant suggestion. I didn't even look seriously at the Fritz because of the price, but now I will go and find out what makes it worth the moolah

 

 

 

sbiddle: It's also not uncommon to see HG659b's going for $20 - $30

 

...and the brilliant ideas just keep coming!

 

 

 

Either of those options will suit me perfectly and I'll look forward to doing some comparative research and bidding this weekend!

 

 

 

Thanks folks!


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  Reply # 1872330 25-Sep-2017 10:49
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Edwood:

 

deadlyllama: You can get a second hand Fritz off trademe for half that!

 

That sir, is a brilliant suggestion. I didn't even look seriously at the Fritz because of the price, but now I will go and find out what makes it worth the moolah

 

 

 

sbiddle: It's also not uncommon to see HG659b's going for $20 - $30

 

...and the brilliant ideas just keep coming!

 

 

 

Either of those options will suit me perfectly and I'll look forward to doing some comparative research and bidding this weekend!

 

 

 

Thanks folks!

 

 

I have a second hand HG659b but I wish I'd got a fritz.  2degrees is doing "first 3 months free on a 12 month contract" so you could always go with them for a year and get a free Fritz.


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