PC Pro November Edition
This is a discussion on PC Pro November Edition within the Sky Router forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; Originally Posted by NewsreadeR careful what we discuss here guys, the forums have ears But do those ears possess mouths?...
- 22-09-06, 07:18 AM #11IQ album "Dark Matter" artwork reproduced with permission. See www.gep.co.uk/iq for more information.
- 22-09-06, 12:34 PM #12
The Draytek Vigor range are the daddy's for stability and performance. Unfortunately it comes at a price...
- 22-09-06, 01:01 PM #13
My past 4 years of Draytek Vigor experience leads me to a somewhat different conclusion. They're packed with features but they don't always work very well. On the plus side, they can act as VPN end points (unlike the Netgear). They also support PAT (why the Netgear doesn't is a mystery - it's not rocket science). However, on the negative, the ARP table only allows one entry per last octet. They say it's a feature, I say it's a bug because it limits you to 24 bit masking or contention for entries in the ARP table. IMHO, this is worse that bad: it is to routers what a zoetrope is to TV! The other failing is that VPN passthrough on the Vigor's is flakey as hell. Passthrough is needed to overcome the lack of NAT-T (except on their latest models) but it would be nice if it worked reliably. My final grip is that they quickly drop support / firmware updates for older models (only 2 years old). IMHO, these make Vigor a good router in general but poor value for money.
FWIW.IQ album "Dark Matter" artwork reproduced with permission. See www.gep.co.uk/iq for more information.
- 22-09-06, 03:17 PM #14
i find most of the netgear routers to be fine its just bad firmware that gives them a bad name
i used a dg814 for years till i got myself a dg834gt 12moths ago
nps probs with it ever since i had it even wifi rage is great
but u need a good wifi adaptor to work well with it, pick the wrong 1 and u know it lolMotto - "Vis unita fortior"
- 22-09-06, 03:37 PM #15
- 22-09-06, 03:45 PM #16
yea i know m8 i dont use a netgear wifi cardMotto - "Vis unita fortior"
- 24-09-06, 06:35 PM #17
Router Hardware quality
In my experience, a large percentage of router problems come down to the quality of the firmware. I agree that the Draytek "Vigor" range are top quality (they are the manufacturer I specify at work) and by and large are rock solid. I did once however find a firmware release for the Vigor 2600 that was a bit flaky.
From memory in the bad old days of 802.11b it was only a Netgear access point that I found worked well. Incidentally a so called Wireless consultancy firm recommended Enterasys kit - it was ten times the price and a tenth as good!
I handed my MAC from Pipex to Sky on Friday. Here is hoping the transition works, I'll keep monitoring this excellent new forum.
Incidentally the router I have currently is a Linksys WAG54G v1.2. It was rubbish as regards WiFi reliability until I found a decent firmware......