Discussion in 'Open Mic....Discussion' started by pinkiepie, Apr 25, 2012.
what router brand do you use?
DrayTek Vigor - very reliable, great firewall, lots of features.
I have a Virgin Media Super Hub
I have a Netgear router hooked up to a Openreach re-branded toaster, erm I mean FTTC modem
Always used Netgear stuff, never had any major problems with them
I have one of these but it's woefull, I use ours in 'modem mode' and have it plugged into another router for wireless/firewall duties.
Ooohhh ... fibre ... what sort of down/upload speeds do you get?
I'm on a 40/10 connection, speeds as below...
I had the chance to go 80/20 for same monthly charge but I value stability over all else and my current connection is as solid as a rock, I declined
Recently switched our home setup to a Cisco E4200 router. It's a dual-band N router that also has a USB port on it making it a plug & play situation for adding a USB based hard drive for network storage (which is what I just did this week). Prior to that I was using a Verizon provided combo modem & router that was the source of much frustration for me.
Had my WGR614 for 6 years and not a single problem!!!!
I use my VM superhub wired rather than wireless and this result is typical....
Virgin media (shove it up your arse) hub - on my 4th replacement. Nothing super about it.
can't you buy a new router??
I use the Orange Livebox 2 coupled with it's matching TV decoder. It performs well and has been problem free since I set it up about 2 years ago.
Cisco baby....gotta love getting cheapo enterprise stuff from your old college when they decide to upgrade their routers/switches every four years for no reason. That network is a cluster fuck anyway...happy I don't have to help manage it anymore.
Kevin, how are you liking that router? I'm currently on a D-Link DIR628 that needs to be replaced soon. With 6 wireless devices in the house (both G and N), I need something a little more robust than that @#)(*&@# D-Link!
So, far no problems.
On the plus side... am getting great speed out of it and good coverage. I have it physically located on the first floor of the house on the TV stand in our family room (so that the X-Box could have a wired connection) and am getting coverage up to the second floor opposite side of the house. Outside I am getting coverage on the patio (though that is to be expected since it it right outside the family room) and also the front side of the house. At any given point there are on average 6 wireless devices connected (2 laptops, 2 mobile phones, a desktop using a PCI wireless card, and a wireless printer) and no noticeable slow down. That is likely attributable to the dual channels; the laptops & desktop are on the 5.4ghz band while the other devices are on the 2.8ghz band). Hooking up the external USB drive was literally plug & play. The browser based interface has a lot of options if you like to fine tune control of your ports. With
On the down side... the USB port is only USB 2.0 so the external drive I just hooked up to it is not taking advantage of the USB 3.0 port on the drive. Cisco has just released a V2 of the 4200 so I don't know if the new version has an updated USB port. Nobody in my household is a gamer so I can't really say how it performs for online gaming. We have an X-Box 360 hooked up to it but really that is used 9/10 times for streaming Netflix movies.
For a different experience we also have the same model hooked up at my sister & BIL's house who happen to live next door to my Mom & other sister (long story how that all came to be). Both of their houses are single story ranch style house from the 50's; each house is actually the reverse mirror image of the other. The 4200 is located in a corner room that is facing the second house. The house are physically about 75 feet away from each other. Within the house where the router is located coverage is great and they are using it with a Wii, 2 desktops, 2 printers, and various wireless devices. Over at the second house the signal is barely able to be picked up and when it can be it is only in the rooms facing the first house. In the second house we hooked up a Cisco Linksys branded RE1000 N range extender. With the range extender in place in the second house coverage now extends to the whole house but isn't the strongest signal. The big difference between those two house & ours is construction. Mine was built in the early 1990's and so is mostly a wooden frame; both of theirs were built in the early 1950's and have brick & stone exterior walls along with a lot of masonry walls within the house.
So based on my experiences so far... if you're in a modern wooden framed house then the 4200 should give you no problems but I would definitely look at the new 4200 V2 version or even its new big brother, the 4500, to see what additional features you can get but if you're in an older house with a lot of non-wooden walls then coverage within the house with 4200 will be good but don't expect a lot of coverage outside.
Interesting. Pity that Linksys/Cisco has abandoned the wireless repeaters. I have an old refurbished WRE54G repeater that has been a god send (snagged off Newegg). It's the only one I have found that didn't need an actual physical connection to the router.
buy a cheap one, flash it with DDWRT and it should be able to....
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