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Hi

 

I'm currently in the process of transferring my broadband connection to iinet broadband2+ (10gb/20gb) and voip while retaining my current telstra home phone, and i have just realized that my current router (a netgear DG834G v2) isn't capable of handling voip.

 

iinet offer a voip ATA that will plug into my existing router (for about $80) however several members of my family and friends who do or have used the iinet offering have complained about quality and connection problems of different sorts. Iinet also offer a wireless router with built in voip but it was around $280 and i was hoping to find something cheaper.

 

Currently I need to have:

Wireless access (for 3 laptops and my PS3), my network cards are all 54Mbps so i don't really need anything capable of 108Mbps.

Support for voip (with 2 way QoS preferably)

Ability to use the same handset for both voip and landline phone (--if it is actually possible), i was told the billion model can do this but i am unsure exactly how it will work

 

 

I've been doing a little research and i have found the billion BiPAC 7401VP / VGP-M (http://au.billion.com/product/voip/bipac7401vgp.php) , which is available for around $130 and seems to fit my needs perfectly.

 

Does anyone have any experience with billion routers and/or would be able to suggest any other products?

 

 

 

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Never used Billion personally but I have heard mostly positive things about them, which is pretty good when compared to what you hear about brands like D-Link, Belkin etc.

 

So in my opinion - Billion should be a safe bet brand-wise.

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Have used a few Billion routers (note the capitalisation) and for home-grade stuff they're generally pretty stable, well designed and full of features.

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Hi, thanks for the responses.

I hadn't heard of Billion before today so i wasn't sure if they were any good at all.

For $130 i haven't really got much to lose by trying the router.

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Billion make great routers. I use the 7404 vgo-m and dad has the vgp-m. They are rock solid. Billion are among the best home routers you can get IMHO.

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Well IMHO linksys also make great products. And the WRP400 should fit your needs and at a price of $113.97 is also a good buy.

 

Check the specs here,

 

http://www-au.linksys.com/servlet/Satellit...d=6316079445B07

 

And the cheapest place seems to be Mega Buy, but here is a list of places and prices.

 

http://www.shopbot.com.au/pp-linksys-wrp400-price-99412.html

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Well IMHO linksys also make great products. And the WRP400 should fit your needs and at a price of $113.97 is also a good buy.

 

Check the specs here,

 

http://www-au.linksys.com/servlet/Satellit...d=6316079445B07

 

And the cheapest place seems to be Mega Buy, but here is a list of places and prices.

 

http://www.shopbot.com.au/pp-linksys-wrp400-price-99412.html

 

Just lashed out and bought a Billion BiPAC 7402NX together with a Minitar VoIP ATA device. Flashed both with the very latest firmware and now happily up and running in the office.

 

The Billion router is wireless N and is also a 4 port Gigabit switch with quite advance configuration options. The catch is the price - which currently hovers around $270.00 or so depending on supplier. The minitar ATA can be had for around $30.00 when bundled with the Billion router.

 

Getting both devices gives you everything a self-respecting atomican would want (need?) - routing, ADSL2+ modem, Gigabit switch, wireless N, advanced firewall and configuration options...blah, blah blah.

 

As I said, the price might scare a few away, but heh, I reckon its money well invested - particularly because you can shave $$ off your telephone bill using VoIP.

 

 

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