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If anyone wants to upgrade their Fibre router...

Gareth6
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If anyone wants to upgrade their Fibre router...

I thought some of you may be interested in this. Amazon is now selling the TP Link TL-WR2543ND 450Mbps Dual-Band Wireless N Gigabit Router for under £35, delivered. I know many aren't overly happy with the stock router supplied by Plusnet and this is an excellent upgrade. I paid almost double Sad.
[Moderator's note by Jim (Oldjim)  ;link fixed and title changed to show that it is only for fibre ]
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Re: If anyone wants to upgrade their router...

As this is only for fibre I have edited the title accordingly
pwatson
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Re: If anyone wants to upgrade their router...

Hmm, it has been suggested that this section of the forum is split into Fibre and ADSL to avoid such confusion... Smiley
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Re: If anyone wants to upgrade their Fibre router...

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As this is only for fibre I have edited the title accordingly

The router is WAN technology agnostic - it is no more for fibre with a fibre modem than it is for ADSL with an ADSL modem, or for cable with a cable modem for that matter.
Perhaps the subject should be 'If anyone wants to upgrade their modemless router...'!
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Re: If anyone wants to upgrade their Fibre router...

Picky - no I won't as it would just confuse everybody
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Re: If anyone wants to upgrade their Fibre router...

Fair enough!  Smiley
I think though that one sometimes has to be picky as otherwise not doing so is often the very cause of confusion!
Gareth6
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Re: If anyone wants to upgrade their Fibre router...

Good point, I forget people still use ADSL. I'd forgotten about those dark days.  Wink
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Re: If anyone wants to upgrade their Fibre router...

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Perhaps the subject should be 'If anyone wants to upgrade their modemless router...'!
Seeing as it's picky-day, all routers are modemless.
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Re: If anyone wants to upgrade their Fibre router...

No; many have modems inside them.
A router is merely a device that forwards packets between two or more networks. In the case of routers with modems built-in to them these networks would usually be a LAN and a WAN. In the case of that the OP pointed to it is between two wired LANs (with a wireless LAN bridged to one of them) and hence would be unsuitable for connection directly to a WAN without a dedicated modem.
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Re: If anyone wants to upgrade their Fibre router...

Then it would be a modem/router often referred to as a gateway.
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Re: If anyone wants to upgrade their Fibre router...

You're quite right. A modem router is, as the name suggests, a type of router - and indeed merely but one naming definition of the sort. I dread to think how much confusion it causes the common man and how many unsuitable products end up being purchased.
PaddyMcG
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Re: If anyone wants to upgrade their Fibre router...

Cheers gareth6.
Ordered one!
Just had fibre installed, and not overly impressed with the technicolor router.
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Re: If anyone wants to upgrade their Fibre router...

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not overly impressed with the technicolor router.

It's ok as a spare though (or a doorstop).  Tongue
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Then it would be a modem/router often referred to as a gateway.

[picky]Gateways usually incorporate a switch, (or a hub in some older or cheapo ones), within the housing. Single lan-port routers are rare these days.[/picky]
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Re: If anyone wants to upgrade their Fibre router...

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