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maranello
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Router/modem options

My current setup is the openreach fibre modem with the fibre version of the TG582n router provided by Plusnet. I'm thinking of contingencies if/when either of these devices fail (been in use for nearly 4 years).

If the router fails, I still have an ADSL version of the TG582n - can this be re-configured for fibre connection?

If the modem fails, is it worth sourcing a second hand one - what is the typical lifetime of these?

If either of the above are not viable/worthwhile, I would ideally be looking at a one box arrangement. I currently have my printer connected through the USB port on the TG582n, effectively working as a network printer, but as I don't believe the Hub One allows this it is probably not an acceptable replacement. I have also on occasion swapped out the printer for a USB drive for backing up/syncing laptops. I would therefore be interested in recommendations for routers that would allow this. Not looking to spend a great deal. One such router that may fit the bill is the TPLink WD-9980 - anyone use one of these, if so is it any good?

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Baldrick1
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Re: Router/modem options

Go onto Ebay and spend about £30 of a BT Smarthub 6. There are guides on setting it up in this forum, which is dead easy.

It is a one box solution, will give far superior wifi performance to what you have, has the USB connection you require and is available for very little money.

Edit

As identified by @Browni below, the USB socket is desgned to accommodate memory devices, not printers.

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Re: Router/modem options

Does it support a USB printer? @maranello pointed out the Hub One doesn't and is therefor unacceptable.
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Re: Router/modem options

Me and my mouth! @Browni I fear that you're right and the USB socket is only suitable for memory devices.

@maranello Many apologies for the misinformation.

maranello
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Re: Router/modem options

@Baldrick1

No worries, not spent any money yet!

I'll trawl the BT Community site to find out if it's possible

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Re: Router/modem options

 

You can find a good list and discussion of all-in-one VDSL modem/routers at http://forum.kitz.co.uk/index.php/topic,14436.0.html

 

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@SpendLessTime

Thanks for that link. I had already been there, and noticed that it appeared to be over 3 years old, and as it stated did not include ISP-provided routers such as the BT home/smart hub series.

The budget TPlink WD 9970 does seem to fit the bill, although ideally an extra usb port would be useful for both printer and storage to be permanently connected. 

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Re: Router/modem options

It's updated when new routers are released.

« Last Edit: January 29, 2018, 06:56:20 PM by kitz »

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Re: Router/modem options

What @Browni said.

It is maintained and the rest of the forum discusses particular models in depth where people have experience in them. A lot of the posters work in telecoms or are very experienced in that field. You may spot a few names from these very forums over there too.

And correct it doesn't discuss ISP only models although some of the devices on there are supplied by other ISPs as not every ISP uses custom hardware.

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Re: Router/modem options


@Browni wrote:

It's updated when new routers are released.

« Last Edit: January 29, 2018, 06:56:20 PM by kitz »


Sorry, didn't notice that (note to self, book optician appointment)

Thanks to you both.

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