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Best router to replace the Technicolor for Fibre Optic?

OZ
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Registered: 13-05-2013

Best router to replace the Technicolor for Fibre Optic?

From what I gather, the Technicolor router supplied with Plusnet's fibre optic service is naff.
So, would like suggestions for a good, rock solid router which can give me good Wi-Fi coverage and the best possible internet speeds.
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thomasjc1
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Re: Best router to replace the Technicolor for Fibre Optic?

Asus  rt-n66u brilliant wifi everywhere in 4 bed house and in the garden best router I have ever had
njay
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Re: Best router to replace the Technicolor for Fibre Optic?

Agreed  Smiley
paulg123
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Re: Best router to replace the Technicolor for Fibre Optic?

Reviews all look great etc but ouch at the price
thomasjc1
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Re: Best router to replace the Technicolor for Fibre Optic?

Yea it's around the £100-110 mark but its worth it
OZ
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Re: Best router to replace the Technicolor for Fibre Optic?

Thanks.
So, if I were to buy it, how would I set the router up to accommodate the fibre optic broadband?
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Re: Best router to replace the Technicolor for Fibre Optic?

If this thread doesn't help, ask in it  Wink
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Re: Best router to replace the Technicolor for Fibre Optic?

If you want to save some money then try the Asus RT-N56U. It's as fast as the 66U & has virtually the same features. It's also a very good looking piece of kit. I use mine in a 4 double bedroom house without any problems & still get great reception in my neighbour's house 50 metres away.
bill888
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Re: Best router to replace the Technicolor for Fibre Optic?

fwiw, Currys PCworld currently offering the WD My Net N750 wireless cable/fibre router for £24.99.  Reserve & Collect from store to get this price.  It was posted recently in HotUKdeals.
It has 4 gigabit ports, 2x USB2 ports, and simultaneous dual band wifi.  (N300 2x2 2.4ghz, N450 3x3 5.0ghz)  Uses Atheros 600MHz AR9344 cpu. 5 internal antennas according to FCC photos.  There is no openWrt or DDwrt support.
For sure, it won't be as good as the Asus routers for range/coverage, but if you want to dip your feet into 5GHz wifi, it may be worth a punt ?
I picked one up yesterday.  Currently testing it in Access Point mode.

Link to WD website
http://www.wdc.com/en/Products/products.aspx?id=720
English PDF manual
http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/library/UM/ENG/4779-705072.pdf
HotUKdeals link
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/wd-net-n750-dual-band-wireless-cable-router-24-99-pc-world-1595959

Added 6 Jul 2013:  Started testing in router mode.  I've disabled Fastrack QoS.  To be able to manually disconnect and reconect the PPPoE sessions, I had to choose 'Manual' rather than 'Always On' when configuring the PPPoE WAN parameters.
I use Google and OpenDNS and was able to specify these DNS servers in the WAN setup, then by turning off the 'DNS Proxy', these DNS server addresses are provided to DHCP clients.
(I see Currys also selling the WD My Net N600 model without gigabit ports for £14.99 too)
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Re: Best router to replace the Technicolor for Fibre Optic?

Nice post, well done, look forward to hear how you are getting on with it.
Muttley62
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Re: Best router to replace the Technicolor for Fibre Optic?

I bought this router about a couple of months ago and paid about £40 at the time.  I have found it to be very reliable with my fibre broadband and a big improvement on the supplied Plusnet Router.
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Re: Best router to replace the Technicolor for Fibre Optic?

Quote from: zzZzz
fwiw, Currys PCworld currently offering the WD My Net N750 wireless cable/fibre router for £24.99........

Nice find that, just instructed my brother to get one (he needs dual band), I actually reserved it for him, hopefully he'll pick it up tomorrow, absolute bargain at that price for dual band concurrent.
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Re: Best router to replace the Technicolor for Fibre Optic?

Especially when the TG582n is 'Worth £40'  Shocked
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Re: Best router to replace the Technicolor for Fibre Optic?

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when the TG582n is 'Worth £40'

40p would be a more accurate value. Undecided
SpendLessTime
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Re: Best router to replace the Technicolor for Fibre Optic?

I have just replaced my Technicolor router with the WD My Net N750.
My wireless speed was 43Mb and has now decreased to 27Mb on the WD router. The laptop was 6 foot from the router with no obstructions in both instances.
The fixed wire connection has improved slight from 73.25Mb to 73.52Mb.
As I was looking for a wireless speed increase I'm not amused. Might have to buy a 5GHz usb wireless adaptor as the laptop is not dual band.