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Can you use Alcatel (Frog) Modem with 4-Port Router?

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Can you use Alcatel (Frog) Modem with 4-Port Router?

Just a few tech points I hope someone can supply answers to...

Anyone know if you can purchase a 4-Port Router and use it with a first generation, BT supplied Alcatel Modem?

Is a Firewall required on each computer plugged into the router?

What's a good, cheapish router, minimal hassle, most features, to get?

Thanks
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Can you use Alcatel (Frog) Modem with 4-Port Router?

I can't see why you would want to, but the vigor 2200USB is the only one I'm aware of. Typical price from Seg.co.uk is £119-00. For this price you can get a good all in one solution and ditch the frog.

I'd recommend a software firewall on each anyway, but if your going for one IP then NAT does a pretty good job. Most routers now also incorporate a firewall as well.

I've used Alcatel 510v4 and a Linksys BEFDSR41W both okay. Have a look on here http://www.adslguide.org.uk/hardware/reviews
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Thanks for reply, mate.

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I can't see why you would want to,... ]


The word 'cheapish' should have given you a clue... Cheesy Limited budget means maximum use of working equipment...
BoneMan
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Can you use Alcatel (Frog) Modem with 4-Port Router?

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Limited budget means maximum use of working equipment...


Only problem is that route is more expensive than trashing your frog and buying a "proper" 4-port router (PAE-CE84) from Dabs at ~£60 Wink - assuming you've already got a NIC. Even if you've not, that's only another £20 or so - plus you've got rid of USB problems and the start of a proper network Wink Way to go Tongue

Regards,

BoneMan
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Thanks Boneman Cheesy
>>Only problem is that route is more expensive <<
dhumble
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Registered: 19-08-2007

Can you use Alcatel (Frog) Modem with 4-Port Router?

I went for the USB modem + Vigor 2200USB router solution out of preference, not cost. I had installed a few for peeps in the past and please with their performance and safeguards. It is certainly not the cheapest solution nowadays.

I chose it because I prefer the modular approach. Normal modems had a high failure rate. Mainly due tospikes on telephone or electric lines. Wouldn't hazard a guess how some cheap DSL modems will fair. But if mine goes down then it is cheaper to replace the modem than it would be for a complete DSL modem/switch/router/firewall.

So, look for a cheap DSL modem/switch/router/firewall solution and keep the frog spare for when it fails.

David Humble.
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Registered: 04-04-2007

Can you use Alcatel (Frog) Modem with 4-Port Router?

I used to use an Alcatel modem, however I noticed significant problems about a year ago. It was always slow and using ICS for sharing the connection out made it worse.

I switched to a Netgear DG814 as soon as they where released, whist it's not the cpeapest router it certainly meets my needs. A lot of much cheaper and equally as robust routers now exist which you shouldn't have a problem with. I still have the usb modem as a backup, which I think I have used once to test something, but I'd never go back to that old setup.

Chris
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Can you use Alcatel (Frog) Modem with 4-Port Router?

Thanks everyone for advice-appreciated. Cheesy