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    TP-Link router recommendation

    This is a discussion on TP-Link router recommendation within the Sky Broadband help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; I have Sky Unlimited, but this Black SKY hub is just bad! I would like to replace it, and I ...

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      TP-Link router recommendation

      I have Sky Unlimited, but this Black SKY hub is just bad! I would like to replace it, and I had someone recommend me a TPLink router with built in modem.

      Which one should I choose, given there is so many to choose from? I am not too fussy about the wireless, would prefer one that is fairly cheap but uses the desired modem chipset?

      Any help and advice will be greatly appreciated!


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      Re: TP-Link router recommendation

      The only TPLink modem/router that you can buy off the shelf and have it work with Sky is the VR900.

      You could get away with, I think its the 8980, but then you would have to ask one of our users here for the beta firmware that TPLink sent him that allows it to work with Sky, unfortunately you will not be able to change that firmware if it is updated as TPLink have no plans to release it as a general release and the 'fix' will not be included in future firmware for that model.

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      The price of the Netgear D7000 has just been reduced to be more competetive with the VR900.
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      Re: TP-Link router recommendation

      Just to confirm, I need ADSL2+ router. Sadly no VDSL here at the moment
      I was considering either W8970 or W8980, but not sure?


      Could you also recommend which chipset works better with Sky ADSL and their LLU equipment?

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      Re: TP-Link router recommendation

      In that case the 8980 is a better choice. It has dual band wifi.

      With ADSL I don't think there is really much of a problem with chipsets, VDSL is far trickier in that respect.

      Send a pm to Isitme if he does not see this thread and ask him about ADSL, he has more current knowledge on ADSL than I do.
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      Re: TP-Link router recommendation

      Many thanks for your replies. Wifi is completely unimportant to me.
      I only really care about is good NAT table size and stability.

      It doesn't have to be TP-Link either, I'm happy to consider other brand models that you recommend?

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      Re: TP-Link router recommendation

      There are some really good ADSL modem routers out there, my favourite, the last ADSL modem/router I used was the Billion 7800n, the 7800nxl is currently available at Broadbandbuyer at a daft price of 77. When I had mine, and its going back a few years I think I paid double that. It will also serve you well if you decide to get fibre, although you would need to get hold of a VDSL modem at that point.
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      Re: TP-Link router recommendation

      I agree with Marjohn the Billion is a good choice, but if you want something a bit cheaper the TPLink Archer D20 is about the best on offer at the price.
      http://www.amazon.co.uk/TP-LINK-Archer-D20-Wireless-Connections/dp/B011NLY9WE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1446653039&sr=8-1&keywords=TP-LINK+Archer+D20+AC750

      If you want a gigabit port the TPLink D2 is a good choice but a bit more expensive.
      TP-LINK Archer D2 AC750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+ Modem Router for Phone Line Connections: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

      Both these have Wireless AC and EWAN ports making them suitable for upgrading to Fibre in the future. They also have a USB port which is very useful for sharing a printer or files.

      For some reason the link for the D20 is not working. Click the box on the D2 page to get the D20. Sorry.
      Last edited by Isitme; 05-11-15 at 04:24 PM. Reason: Corrected link.

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      Re: TP-Link router recommendation

      Quote Originally Posted by Isitme View Post
      I agree with Marjohn the Billion is a good choice, but if you want something a bit cheaper the TPLink Archer D20 is about the best on offer at the price.
      TP-LINK Archer D2 AC750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+ Modem Router for Phone Line Connections: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

      If you want a gigabit port the TPLink D2 is a good choice but a bit more expensive.
      TP-LINK Archer D2 AC750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+ Modem Router for Phone Line Connections: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

      Both these have Wireless AC and EWAN ports making them suitable for upgrading to Fibre in the future. They also have a USB port which is very useful for sharing a printer or files.

      Those links are both for the D2, I thought I need new glasses for a moment.
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      Re: TP-Link router recommendation

      My mistake. Corrected.

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      Note - When downloading always select the Custom install or you will end up with stuff you don't want.





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      Re: TP-Link router recommendation

      Thanks a lot for these recommendations.
      Just to play devil's advocate, would there be any difference between above and TP-LINK TD-W8970, considering it comes with gigabit switch for less than Archer D20?


      I haver just spotted that Argos stocks these TP-Links, I will likely go there to get one tomorrow morning!

     

     
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