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Which ADSL2+ Modem/Router w/ Wireless?

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Hi, I'm not well versed lately on the good and bad routers around, I need to find a replacement for my brother's old shitty 4port wireless modem router for his adsl.

 

I forgot what one he has, but his budget is pretty low, I'll need something basic that works, preferrably 4port, needs no special features.

 

Also, I've considered getting myself a new one and giving him mine, I've got a TP-Link 108m , model number: TD-W8920G

 

I find it syncs pretty rubbish where I live now (did fine in my old place in another town, probably a bit closer to the exchange too)

 

My budget is higher than my brothers'.

 

Can anyone recommend me some good and also budget 4port wireless modem/routers ??

 

thanks in advance.

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If you're on a tight budget then I'd suggest sticking with TP-Link. They're pricing is excellent, and their products seem to be very good performance. If you're happy with 802.11g wireless then the TD-W8901G is only around $53; if you need 802.11n then move up to the TD-W8950ND for about $4 more. The TD-W8960N is about $87 and really only offers a second antenna, but that may very well be the difference between getting a good signal or not.

 

Alternatively, a lot of folks around here think very highly of the Billion 7800N, quite a bit more at $160. I've owned Billion products before and found them solid performers, but I've never used one of these models so I cannot personally vouch for them.

 

Can you keep your brother's old unit and just use it as a modem in bridge mode? If that's a possibility then I'd highly recommend the Linksys E3000. I've got one of them (paired with a TP-Link TD-8810) and I think it's a brilliant piece of kit. Rock-solid performance, great range, dual-band radios, and the ability to easily throw an alternative operating system on them. They've come down in price now to around $160, which is nearly $20 cheaper then when I bought mine nearly a year ago.

 

If your budget is considerably higher then the new Fritz! boxes look pretty sexy. All the early market-speak about them raved how they're the best gear you can get in Europe, but I honestly haven't been following what people think of them here in Oz. Check review sites and Whirlpool for that, I guess.

 

BTW, if you're getting rubbish sync rates then you should complain to your ISP. They can run line tests to determine if there's a fault between you and the exchange, or get Telstra out to check the physical connection (you may be charged for this if no fault is found, or it's caused by your equipment). Something else to try is getting new line filters for your other non-ADSL telecoms gear. Filters can degrade over time, and a rubbish filter can play havoc with the whole system.

 

(BTW, most of the links above point to the OzCableGuy web site. Feel free to shop around, but their pricing is hard to beat and I've found they have the best service around. I buy all my networking gear from them.)

 

Edit: fixed broken link

Edited by zzozzach

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TP-Link TD-W8960N for a budget modem (got one here new in box :-)).

Not sure how close to the exchange you are Morgoth but my current Billion 7800N is working well out here.

EWAN: RJ-45 Ethernet port for connecting to ADSL / Cable / VDSL / Fiber modem device (NBN FTTH).

:-)

Again it is a Broadcom chipset like the TP-Links so not the fastest sync on a short phone line but damn it is stable.

Wireless N and 4 x gigabit LAN ports which may be handy if your share files with Big Mark a lot.

 

Otherwise one of the other Billion (non-Broadcom chipset) modems may be the go for you, but I think the only ones they have without the broadcom chipset are the voip and 3g series.

http://au.billion.com/product/voip.php

http://au.billion.com/product/3g.php

Steer clear of Belkin IMO they have given me too much grief.

Some people like the Linksys brand although had no real experience with them apart from setting one up for an elderly couple. Seemed to work ok.

 

If you want an all singing dancing modem router then the Fritz!box AVM 7390 is supposed to be the go, especially when combined with their Fritz!fon cordless phones. They did have had some odd firmware issues with the International (AU) firmware but think they are fixed pretty much.

Not cheap though.

 

http://www.ozcableguy.com/review.asp?router=AVM7390

http://bc.whirlpool.net.au/bc/hardware/?ac...p;model_id=1109

 

Huge thread here

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-repli...586204&p=62

7 parts on that thread.

 

And now a dedicated AVM section

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum/82?g=295

Edited by aliali

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Thanks guys, just ordered a Billion 7800N for $169 from PCCG, ordered a Pioneer BDR206 bluray burner while I was at it, need something to watch this box set of LOTR on!

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Thanks guys, just ordered a Billion 7800N for $169 from PCCG, ordered a Pioneer BDR206 bluray burner while I was at it, need something to watch this box set of LOTR on!

Both good choices and exactly what I am using here.

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