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Re: [LUG] current routers for cable


I'm beginning to think my 20th Century Linksys router should be replaced.

Virgin cable coming in on co-ax.

There's a Draytek with WAN and wireless and ADSL for under Â200 that looks plausible ...?

Ideally I'd like something that can have its OS reflashed with Linux of course but actually the Linksys still has the original on it.

From Dr Adrian Midgley's hand

On 14 Nov 2013 17:50, "Neil Winchurst" <barnaby@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On 14/11/13 17:14, Gordon Henderson wrote:


Currently, most people have the modem and router combined into one box.
Most people just call this a router, but it's really 2 things - the
modem which turns the wibbly wobbly stuff on the wire into nice digital
signals the router part can work with. The router does firewalling (if
needed) and NAT and usually does DHCP and sometimes DNS too (and often
Wi-Fi) - functions needed by PCs on your home network. You may need a
new router unless your is one that provides a separate "wan" port. (Few
consumer grade ones do)

BT OpenReach, on behalf of your ISP, will change the faceplate and
install a modem. This modem needs mains power.

The modem will connect to your router via Cat-5 (Ethernet) cable. This
cable can be up to 100m away from the modem.

My problem is that the main BT socket here is just inside the front
door, in our small entrance hall. I do have a phone connected there,
but there is just no room for a desk and computer. So I have my router
connected by a cable to a phone extension line in a room upstairs. Is
that going to cause a problem?

Optionally, you can ask/persuade the BT man to move the socket. Provide
cups of tea or coffee as requested and some nice biscuits. I think they
can move it by up to 30m as part of the install, but it will depend on
just how easy it is to route the cable.

It sounds like it might be easy to leave the modem by the front-door,
and run Cat-5 up to your room upstairs - and if that's already cat-5
then it's easy and BT don't have to move anything. Just make sure
there's a mains socket near the phone socket for the modem.


Well, I have spoken to my ISP and a couple of others about the problem of having my BT master socket where it is. Various ideas.

I could have the new modem plus my router set up in the entrance hall and run all my broadband via wifi.

I could have the master socket moved upstairs. Since there is already an extension socket in the upstairs room (presumably cat-5) which I am using at the moment this may be a reasonable suggestion.

I could have the new modem downstairs linked by cable to the router upstairs.

I could decide not to bother and stay as I am.

I just did not expect it to be so complicated, though after all my years working with computers I should have expected it.


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