Best Router\Modem - Access Point Combination

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EnVeR
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Best Router\Modem - Access Point Combination

Post by EnVeR » Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:05 pm

Hi,

I need to have a router\modem outside of my house for a fibre connection authentication and an access point inside for my wireless network.

What is the best combination of devices to use? or are there specific packages for this purpose?

Thank you.

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Re: Best Router\Modem - Access Point Combination

Post by kushanw » Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:40 pm

Hi EnVer,

I have sent you an email via the ticket ID 5268540. Please check and reply to this email if you need further information.

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Re: Best Router\Modem - Access Point Combination

Post by Dazzled » Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:44 pm

Fibre is already a digital signal - a modem is not required. You could connect a single computer directly (not very convenient most of the time) or connect a wired or wireless router (not an ADSL modem-router). (see for example http://www.jmgtechnology.com.au/, links at bottom left). You would normally configure Exetel on this device.

At the hard to reach computer you could ethernet connect to a wireless access point. I personally like the TP-Link range (eg, http://www.jmgtechnology.com.au/index.php?cPath=105) because they are versatile with other functions, such as repeaters, and are economical. If several wireless computers are hard to reach, run the TP-Link unit as a wireless repeater instead. These things are very simple to set up. If both units are the same brand, config is often a bit easier.

To make a final model (and mode) selection you'll have to decide if the system is to be all wireless or part over ethernet. Just be careful about connecting NAT-enabled routers together as it adds networking difficulties. You only need one NAT device.

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Re: Best Router\Modem - Access Point Combination

Post by EnVeR » Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:01 pm

Message sent.

As you will see I think my initial question still stands.

Looking for the best possible combination.

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Re: Best Router\Modem - Access Point Combination

Post by EnVeR » Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:55 pm

Dazzled wrote:Fibre is already a digital signal - a modem is not required. You could connect a single computer directly (not very convenient most of the time) or connect a wired or wireless router (not an ADSL modem-router). (see for example http://www.jmgtechnology.com.au/, links at bottom left). You would normally configure Exetel on this device.

At the hard to reach computer you could ethernet connect to a wireless access point. I personally like the TP-Link range (eg, http://www.jmgtechnology.com.au/index.php?cPath=105) because they are versatile with other functions, such as repeaters, and are economical. If several wireless computers are hard to reach, run the TP-Link unit as a wireless repeater instead. These things are very simple to set up. If both units are the same brand, config is often a bit easier.

To make a final model (and mode) selection you'll have to decide if the system is to be all wireless or part over ethernet. Just be careful about connecting NAT-enabled routers together as it adds networking difficulties. You only need one NAT device.
Thank you for the above info.
Please if I may give you a little update and then maybe the above proposed will make more sense and clarify further.

The ONT box is outside of the house. 3 rooms have wired connection into the box outside. study (upstairs), kitchen, living room. I have a billion 6460 router outside which does the authentication. if I enable the wireless on this device I will not get any signal upstairs hence I disabled the wireless function and using the wired connection in the kitchen as an access point with a belkin. (that's what I had lying around).

Result,
The pc from the study wired to the billion.
The laptop, gaming console, TV and the phones all connect wireless.

Access point or a repeater is more appropriate at this instance.

Thanking you in advance.

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Re: Best Router\Modem - Access Point Combination

Post by Dazzled » Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:37 pm

I don't know that model Billion, but if it works, leave well alone. You can't beat a wired ethernet connection, available in the Kitchen and Study. Either location could serve to let a repeater pick up from the ethernet and broadcast to your range of wireless gear.

With all the media devices, I'd get a high capacity unit like the WA901ND http://www.jmgtechnology.com.au/product ... ts_id=1704. Before you jump in though, read the manual at http://www.tp-link.com.au/support/downl ... TL-WA901ND to check it's right for you. It has several modes - you would want it to wirelessly repeat the incoming ethernet and do the wireless security.

If the one wireless unit has range all over your house now, you could also consider connecting to the ONT by ethernet cable and bringing the router inside to one of the existing spots. One of the new 3-antenna wireless N routers may not need the repeater, eg TL-WR1043ND. Another bloke has a review page at http://digitaldreamer.com.au/nbn-ready- ... for-speed/, but most of them are a lot dearer than the TP-Link. There are plenty of on-line reviews. I look for economy myself, because sooner or later with domestic networking gear you need a spare, rather than ultimate throughput. Whatever you decide, download the user manual and read it first.

The better online dealers like JMG and Cormain won't mind you confirming your needs with them by email before you order.

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Re: Best Router\Modem - Access Point Combination

Post by kushanw » Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:41 pm

As per the telephone conversation we had, please try both options we discussed and let us know how it goes. As the existing Billion is working, you don't need to buy a new Router.

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