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Marksfish
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Registered: 22-11-2014

+Net supplied router

I have read a lot of negativity on the forums about the PN router, so looked into changing it before my service became live. The new router still hasn't arrived, so I was left with the PN router, my thoughts are below:
I moved across from Sky and am happy that I can now choose my own router, but do I really want to? It is a bind having the OR modem and a router, 2 plugs and 2 spaces, but I have been running speedtests which show the wireless to be pretty good.
On my old Sky router (white one), my wireless speeds struggle to get about 31MB download, if I wanted quicker it was a case of plugging in the ethernet cable. Similarly, I have a PC in the conservatory which is connected by home plugs and speeds from there were sub 10MB. The wireless is much better with the PN router, consistently achieving 37MB+ and it seems that the PC is also being interpreted better as I am getting 37MB out there too.
I also found it much easier to port forward with this router and have my webcam up and running again, (www.marksfish.co.uk) if anyone wants to see my fish tank, lights come on around 2pm Smiley
I have ordered a HH5, but do I really want to be changing it, given that there are apparent issues with port forwarding and wireless range?
Mark
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Re: +Net supplied router

It's a personal choice  Smiley
I have a collection of old routers my most recent one I was using in Saudi'rabia. But I have no issues with the Plusnet supplied one with the OR modem. We have a big house built in the 20's no timber walls all very solid brick and three stories tall and no problems at all with Wifi!
I'm getting a solid 30meg and won't be changing  Cool
The plus points are its plug and play no messing with passwords and if you need to troubleshoot you have a vanilla installation which won't cause issues with PN agents or OR engineers  Cool
But there will always be techno freaks who tike to fiddle  Wink Lips are sealed
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Superuser
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Re: +Net supplied router

Peter,
A good and fair summary.  The TG routers work reasonably well for the majority of "normal users.  There will always be some for whom it does not meet their particular need who will gripe that the "free" router is not up to the job.  If there are specific needs, there are many routers out there to choose from, each with a mixture of good and poor features.
The TG WiFi can be challenged in some environments - personally it has never been an issue for me, as like you I have seen good coverage in a big building.  With the 10.2.2.B firmware xDSL stability is excellent.  Most basic configuring can e done through the GUI, though some specialist requirements require resort to the Telnet interface which is not well documented.
npr (one of the gurus around here) has a very useful website - http://npr.me.uk - which holds lots of useful information on tweaking the TG settings, especially in respect of WiFi operation / performance / speed.
Kevin
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Re: +Net supplied router

I'm currently using a PN supplied router on both wired and wireless. I have 20+ devices connecting to it both wired and wirelessly, have set it up slightly "hacked" with a separate secondary access point for the kiddies Xbox and an email / web server.
It hasn't missed a beat.