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    Which router

    This is a discussion on Which router within the Sky Broadband (Fibre) Help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; I might be getting fibre and I know this question has been asked but what router would you recommend I ...

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      Which router

      I might be getting fibre and I know this question has been asked but what router would you recommend I see a few are using the tp link wr1043nd it seems to be one of the cheaper routers compared to the billion etc what do you all think of the tp link.


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      Re: Which router

      It really depends on what you plan to use your Internet connection for.

      For example would the Sky Hub SR101 with its 100mb Ethernet and 144mbps WiFi be enough?

      If you want a little more, what is it that you would like?

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      Re: Which router

      Well I probably wouldn't need to use a third party router but if I can get a little extra out of one and it's not going to cost to much then I thought I would get one

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      Re: Which router

      Like I said before, it really depends on what you want to do with a 3rd party router.

      For example, do you live in an area with lots of 2.4GHz WiFi routers with a busy WiFi signal on all the channels?

      Will a 1Gbit LAN be useful?

      Is 300mbps or 450mbps WiFi useful?

      Of course all the hardware will be needed to handle this too.

      The signal strength of the Sky Hub SR101 is good and on par with many of the other WiFi N routers out there. The data transfer is also good and equal (Sky say better) to other routers which have the same 144mbps connection speed.

      It is alright for us to suggest a different router, but it would be useful to know what you would like it to do to help you.

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      Re: Which router

      I got the cheap TP-Link TLWR841N fron Argos for 30 quid, works a charm and has much better wireless range which is what my missus wanted. Just installed dd-wrt on it and followed guide on this website, just be aware that u need eth0 instead of vlan in the command you save at startup (which bamboozled me for a bit) and jobs a goodun. I think only let down is the ports are only 10/100 but thats fine for now, and seeing as its only 30 quid I'll worry about that if fibre speeds ever improve.

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      Re: Which router

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      ...just be aware that u need eth0 instead of vlan in the command you save at startup...
      This specific option varies between the different router models.

      I believe that there are instructions available to help people find out which is applicable to their cable router if required.

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      Re: Which router

      Depends how much time and effort you want to put into configuring it.

      for home use DD-WRT/Tomato is quite nice perticullarly tomato's QOS capabilities.

      A word of warning on the TP-Link stuff if you're planning to use DD-WRT on them check carefully before buying, TP-link tend to put out quite a number of revisions of the same router model and usually only certain hardware revisions are compatible.

      If you want something that goes beyond the capabilities of DD-WRT then look at a Mikrotik routerboard or the new ubiquiti Edgerouter but be warned the learning curve on either of those platforms is not forgiving

      I like them because they're very reasonably priced and can do both inbound/outbound packet filtering (firewall) down to quite a granular level as well as VPN initiation and/or termination. But they're probably overkill for the average home user.

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      Re: Which router

      I like my Netgear WNDR3700. It's got all the usual boxes ticked (gigabit etc) but I especially like the USB port for my external HDD so I can stream my own media. It's also dead easy to configure and setup. It's not cheap, but also not expensive. Spot on for my needs.

      As said above, depends on your needs.

     

     

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