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  • Which broadband router?

    Looking at setting up on broadband and interested in purchasing a router, unfortunatley i'm not that clear on what the firewall feature does on a router and is it worth considering?

    What do you guys have and what do you recommend?

  • #2
    If you are going to go ADSL then I would recommend the Dlink 504+ router/firewall/modem.

    Thats all I can really suggest, I've not had Cable broadband before.
    If you can... you MUST!

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    • #3
      We've been looking at the Dlink 500. Really thinking about going for iinet broadband.

      What's the good things about the 504?

      Whats the go with the firewall feature as some routers have it and some don't.

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      • #4
        The Klink machine is correct.

        504 Dlink is a great router/modem.

        500 Dlink is the same router/modem without a 4 port switch built in (which means you need the router/modem AND a switch)

        I don't even think you can get a 500 anymore except 2nd hand.

        Expect to pay about $200.

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        • #5
          The Klink machine is correct.

          504 Dlink is a great router/modem.

          500 Dlink is the same router/modem without a 4 port switch built in (which means you need the router/modem AND a switch)

          I don't even think you can get a 500 anymore except 2nd hand.

          Expect to pay about $200.
          Thanks Melkor, we're looking for one as we speak.

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          • #6
            The Dlink DSL-500 series have a number of problems.

            MSN messenger locks the router up when receiving files. There is a patch for this but it doesn't work 100% of the time.

            The routers don't like updating the firmware, 1 in 3 die need the firmware put back on via a serial cable, (if you have the older type that has this port, if not, back to d-link). 1 in 5 die all together and need big time servicing from D-link.

            They freeze up at random for no aparant reason!

            They have an odd memory that can't be cleared until the router decideds it ready to, if a particular IP connects to it too often it firewalls it, never to be seen again.

            They often can't get sync on the line and have to be rebooted a few times.

            How do i know? I've installed heaps and heaps and heaps and a few more of them. Westnet have now dropped them becase they were just too much trouble, I beleive that other ISPs have followed.

            They are cheap, you do get what you pay for (ie they are no Cisco). Netgear and netcomm seem to be popular. Surprisinglly I'm hearinggood thing about Netgear.

            As for an ISP, go with Westnet, iiNet suck, the whole attitude there has changed over the last few years the best bit is this (http://www.iinet.net.au/support/whatsupport.html) where iiNet refuse to support adsl modems and routers, I have had them refuse to support equipment they supplied on their connection!

            Westnet is a little bit more expensive but you won't regret it.

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            • #7
              Heya Cambo, from memory at work we have a couple of router/modem with and also without a 4 port switch.
              I am sure you already know ppl who can get them cheap for you.. if you dont give me a PM and I will sort try to something out for you.
              -Dave

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              • #8
                I got a Netcomm NB1300plus4 with my swiftel acc. for $125 ($215rrp allegedly).

                Modem/4-port hub/firewall (NAT?)

                Happy with it, no probs.

                Other than it works, and the fact I know SFA about modems, that's all I can say.
                sigpic

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                • #9
                  I have a netcomm NB1300 or something as well, and it's great (only cost me about 130ish as well (wholesale acct)). If anyone is interested I've also got a 24 port managed switch that I'm getting rid of. It's only taken me a year to realize that I probably don't need it. Plus, it sounds like a vacuum cleaner.
                  teh sig!

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                  • #10
                    I've got a bid on Ebay for one but if that doesn't come through then for sure I'll put the feelers out here for one. I'll be rid of the Mac by the end of the week so I'll have a real computer very soon!!

                    Once thats done we'll be going ADSL or Broadband pretty soon.

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                    • #11
                      Hey Campo - consider Telstra cable, esp if you already have Foxtel :idea:
                      Chuck Norris is 1/8th Cherokee. This has nothing to do with ancestry, the man ate a fucking Indian.

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                      • #12
                        If dollars are not an issue, go for a Fortigate router (made by Fortinet) coupled with a D-Link DSL300 modem.
                        The router is around the $1000 mark but has a nice GUI interface and heaps of features and has built in anti-virus, firewall, etc.
                        ...having dinner with KARMA tonight...

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                        • #13
                          Really thinking about going for iinet broadband.
                          Don't do it. They have very low customer satisfaction, at least amongst those that know what an ISP should be like. Have a look at www.westnet.com.au you won't regret it.

                          -Goof

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                          • #14
                            I second Westnet. Have no faults with them whatsoeva! - maybe because I have 14 accounts with them! lol
                            ...having dinner with KARMA tonight...

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                            • #15
                              I'd agree that iinet's tech support is bad, but so is every other ISP that I've been with.

                              I would doubt the resus monkeys employed by westnet to do their tech support would be any better.

                              So support aside iinet has the best broadband plans in australia. iinet's blink 512+ is rated as the best account on whirlpool, I'd follow the popular opinion.

                              Check out whirlpool for some informed decision making...

                              http://bc.whirlpool.net.au/

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