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Yorkie

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Hypothetical Question
« on: July 08, 2008, 11:52:44 AM »

I am considering going wireless - as you know my wiring leaves a lot to be desired, any suggestions which model would be best.

I should add I have a Zyxel Prestige 660R, although my speeds could be better I have never lost a  connection or had dropouts so in that respect I'm very stable.

I have been looking on Ebuyer but there is so much choice I've ground to a halt.
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Re: Hypothetical Question
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2008, 12:28:41 PM »

If you're happy with the Zyxel, then this package might be a good bet. It includes a USB wireless adaptor as well, so you wouldn't need to buy anything extra unless you have more than one PC.
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Re: Hypothetical Question
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2008, 12:52:12 PM »

I dont know your budget Yorkie, but judging from the list in price order, the first one that catches my eye is the Netgear DG834Gv4.

The router on my own personal wish list to try is the Netgear DG834GT, but I appreciate the price is a lot more expensive and hard to justify. (Hence why I havent got one).

For a long while on these forums we recommended the Netgear routers for its interface and stability..  it fell out of flavour for a short while and we started recommending the Speedtouch, but since Netgear now use broadcom chipsets and Speedtouch have now started restricting what users can do in the interface, so Netgear would be my own choice.

If youre looking netgear check out Amazon prices which are normally about the cheapest in the UK for retailing Netgears, plus they do free P+P on them.

If your looking at a bundle the netgear bundle on Amazon is 51.59, which on the face of it may seem more expensive than the Zyzel bundle on ebuyer, but because you get free P+P, it actually works out at about 2.50 cheaper and IMHO you get a much better router.


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BTw - this is a shameless plug and Im honestly not saying this for the sake of it, cause I'd still recommend the Netgear anyhow -
and if you go through the link on this page here, the site gets 80p.
Im not bothered if you do or not - just thought I'd mention it. 




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Re: Hypothetical Question
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2008, 02:18:21 PM »

Errr.... I may be out of order butting in here, but as the OP already has a router, isn't it worth at least considering the (probably cheaper) option of adding a wireless AP rather than replacing the router?

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Re: Hypothetical Question
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2008, 02:30:10 PM »

Feel free to butt in :)

A wireless access point might be a little cheaper but not much, and it's a extra layer of complication. It wouldn't get my vote, but it's certainly worth considering.
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Re: Hypothetical Question
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2008, 02:49:10 PM »

 :)

I agree about the extra complexity -- but I'd say it's fairly marginal, and sometimes it's the only way: 

When I needed to set up a wireless bridge, I discovered that the implementation of the core technology (WDS) is still vendor-dependent when it comes to WPA security. This means that unless both ends of the bridge are from the same vendor, you are likely to be limited to WEP for security.  Inter-vendor WPA2-PSK over WDS is very hit & miss -- mostly miss.

So now I have two Netgear APs in bridge mode, a properly-secured WLAN, excellent coverage throughout the house, and a wired VPN connection two floors away from the router...  Not really so very complicated!

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Re: Hypothetical Question
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2008, 05:14:40 PM »

As you may have guessed I'm dithering. Thought I had better check out my ISPs web site and both makes and models get a recommendation, so that didn't help.

I think the Netgear has more going for it, because there are people on here familiar with that make. On the other hand the Zyxel was supplied by my ISP so their customer support may be more familiar with that make.

See I'm dithering.
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Re: Hypothetical Question
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2008, 05:59:55 PM »

The router on my own personal wish list to try is the Netgear DG834GT, but I appreciate the price is a lot more expensive and hard to justify.

Off-topic alert!

I found myself thinking, what's she on about? Expensive? Then I started thinking.....

Hmm lets see now, I paid 49.99 for that very router from UKO. The best price I found online was about 40, but I figured that I'd use UKO's router so they couldn't shift the blame if problems occurred. That was last October and obviously the cost of the router wasn't subsidised by UKO in any way.

63.88/49.99 = 1.278 or a 27.8% increase in price over the last year.

This, just to take another example - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/52459 - has increased by about the same.

3.3% inflation? Where is this place with 3.3% inflation because I want to move there!

Sorry  :-[
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Re: Hypothetical Question
« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2008, 08:42:49 PM »

Several years ago I was looking at going wireless, and I got a USRobitics AP.  Just my own opinion, but I wish I hadnt bothered.. it wasnt that much cheaper and I ended up buying a new wireless router a few months later anyhow.

>> has increased by about the same.

Yeah I cant understand why its so much more, a couple of years ago my mate asked me to recommend a wireless router and go fit it for her.  Although I'd originally suggested the DG834G, she ended up getting the GT from Amazon as it was only a couple of quid extra as part of a bundle deal.

Why the GT is so much more expensive now, Ive no idea really.. but you're right, the prices do seem to be going up a heck of a lot.  In Argos, just for the DG834G its 63.  ???
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« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2008, 08:58:20 PM »

>> has increased by about the same.

Yeah I cant understand why its so much more, a couple of years ago my mate asked me to recommend a wireless router and go fit it for her.  Although I'd originally suggested the DG834G, she ended up getting the GT from Amazon as it was only a couple of quid extra as part of a bundle deal.

Why the GT is so much more expensive now, Ive no idea really.. but you're right, the prices do seem to be going up a heck of a lot.  In Argos, just for the DG834G its 63.  ???

The pound and the dollar (US) are going down the toilet kitz. In the case of the dollar (US) it'll be a permanent (defacto) devaluation, in the case of the pound our only escape route is the Eurozone but they'd be mad to accept a basketcase of an economy like ours in the near-term future.

http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/fds/hi/business/market_data/currency/11/13/twelve_month.stm
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Re: Hypothetical Question
« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2008, 12:22:55 PM »

Rant Alert:

Tesco Direct are useless.

Thank you for listening.

Okay here comes a thicko question is this only for people with cable broadband or is it a dual one

http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.202-7904.aspx

Why Tesco you may ask, well because I've got 23.50 in vouchers. My god that cat can trench :lol:
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Re: Hypothetical Question
« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2008, 02:04:26 PM »

I'd say it was probably the WGR614.

From the description its just a "router" and  it doesnt have an adsl modem, which is what you would need to connect to your ISP.
The other clue is that it if the product description includes the word cable..  in which case it wont include the adsl modem part.
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Re: Hypothetical Question
« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2008, 02:12:07 PM »

Thanks for that Kitz, I had a feeling it wasn't what I thought it was, and as you can see Tesco don't overburden you with model numbers. All the other Netgears are out of stock  :(
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Re: Hypothetical Question
« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2008, 04:06:39 PM »

yw yorkie.

Glad you asked rather than getting a router that wouldnt work with adsl.
Why Tesco dont put the model no's on Ive no idea.
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Re: Hypothetical Question
« Reply #14 on: July 27, 2008, 03:26:57 PM »

I thought I'd give you all an early warning in case you want to book a day out tomorrow, wireless router should be arriving, ordered it from Dabs (someones got to pay Ezzers wages ;D)
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