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Standard User chrish16
(regular) Mon 13-May-13 13:38:24
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Dual Band Router


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Hi
Are there any suggestions for a dual band router, 5Ghz and 2.4GHz simultaneously for cable/FTTC.

I'm looking on ebay to get cheaper and looking under £50
Standard User jchamier
(knowledge is power) Mon 13-May-13 19:40:01
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Re: Dual Band Router


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Are there any suggestions for a dual band router, 5Ghz and 2.4GHz simultaneously for cable/FTTC.
I'm looking on ebay to get cheaper and looking under £50


Under £50 will be hard - even the second hand Apple Airport Extreme's (5th Gen) that do both bands, go for £65 and higher. They're £134 new.

The Asus RT-N66U is the cheapest new - £109 on Amazon.

James BT Infinity 2 19/09/2012 - Speeds 49 / 8.2 Mbps - Sync 53 / 9.5 Mbps @ 470m
Huawei modem -> RT-N66U -> Switch -> PC/Mac/Linux/NAS/Phone/TV - last speedtest
13 years of broadband - 1999 ntl:(512k/1M)/BTbusiness(2M)/Metronet(2M)/Bulldog(8M/16M)/BE(19M/16M)/BT FTTC(46M)
Standard User chrish16
(regular) Mon 13-May-13 21:10:27
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Re: Dual Band Router


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I've been looking at DGND3700. Is there a v1 and v2 though, v2 being more reliable?


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Standard User jchamier
(knowledge is power) Mon 13-May-13 21:27:00
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Re: Dual Band Router


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I've been looking at DGND3700. Is there a v1 and v2 though, v2 being more reliable?

New its the same price as the ASUS. I'm not generally a fan of Netgear as I've seen firmware issues on enough of their kit.

James BT Infinity 2 19/09/2012 - Speeds 49 / 8.2 Mbps - Sync 53 / 9.5 Mbps @ 470m
Huawei modem -> RT-N66U -> Switch -> PC/Mac/Linux/NAS/Phone/TV - last speedtest
13 years of broadband - 1999 ntl:(512k/1M)/BTbusiness(2M)/Metronet(2M)/Bulldog(8M/16M)/BE(19M/16M)/BT FTTC(46M)
Standard User chrish16
(regular) Mon 13-May-13 21:31:39
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Tplink seem to be getting good reviews and they cheap but not sure if its too good to be true
Standard User chrish16
(regular) Tue 14-May-13 10:27:36
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Any further recommendations?
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Tue 14-May-13 10:37:49
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Have a TP-LINK TL-WDR4300 downstairs in daily use (have not had the time for a full review) but while not as fully featured as the Asus RT-N66U it does the core job of router well.

With Ethernet was able to push 800 Mbps in either direction over the WAN/LAN interface.

Wireless its not the best but same room 83 Mbps on 2.4 and 73 on 5GHz. Range of 2.4GHz was as good as the best I've had.

Looking at retail price this model is not their cheapest, but the WAN/LAN performance is usually the big difference on the cheapest models, as they use slower/cheaper CPU and memory.

Andrew Ferguson, andrew@thinkbroadband.com
www.thinkbroadband.com - formerly known as ADSLguide.org.uk
The author of the above post is a thinkbroadband staff member. It may not constitute an official statement on behalf of thinkbroadband.
Standard User jchamier
(knowledge is power) Tue 14-May-13 19:50:17
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Looking at retail price this model is not their cheapest, but the WAN/LAN performance is usually the big difference on the cheapest models, as they use slower/cheaper CPU and memory.


A friend of mine has a TPLINK box with 8 ethernet ports and no WiFi and I'm pretty sure its this that is limiting his cable speeds (should get 60meg, but he's getting about 34meg).

James BT Infinity 2 19/09/2012 - Speeds 49 / 8.2 Mbps - Sync 53 / 9.5 Mbps @ 470m
Huawei modem -> RT-N66U -> Switch -> PC/Mac/Linux/NAS/Phone/TV - last speedtest
13 years of broadband - 1999 ntl:(512k/1M)/BTbusiness(2M)/Metronet(2M)/Bulldog(8M/16M)/BE(19M/16M)/BT FTTC(46M)
Standard User Kper
(regular) Thu 20-Jun-13 15:06:52
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Have a TP-LINK TL-WDR4300 downstairs in daily use (have not had the time for a full review) but while not as fully featured as the Asus RT-N66U it does the core job of router well.

With Ethernet was able to push 800 Mbps in either direction over the WAN/LAN interface.

Andrew, do you have any comment on what the correct MTU setting is with this router for an Infinity FTTP connection?

For PPPoE connections the TL-WDR4300 defaults to 1480 and won't accept a value above 1492...

1480 is the MTU setting that the WindowsXP stack uses if it is negotiating the connection directly itself (for example if you plug straight into the ONT), but 1500 is used on an ethernet LAN normally. Does it matter, do you know?

I presume your WAN-LAN routing figure was pure ethernet, was it, rather than PPPoE on the WAN side?
Standard User jchamier
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 20-Jun-13 20:18:44
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For PPPoE connections the TL-WDR4300 defaults to 1480 and won't accept a value above 1492...

This is correct as most routers don't support the extensions to the PPPoE specification (but BT does) that allow 1500byte packets (and thus a bigger PPPoE packet of 1508 bytes, as the PPPoE header is 8 bytes).

More than you wanted to know at AAISP:
http://aa.net.uk/kb-broadband-mtu.html

James BT Infinity 2 19/09/2012 - Speeds 49 / 8.2 Mbps - Sync 53 / 9.5 Mbps @ 470m
Huawei modem -> RT-N66U -> Switch -> PC/Mac/Linux/NAS/Phone/TV - last speedtest
13 years of broadband - 1999 ntl:(512k/1M)/BTbusiness(2M)/Metronet(2M)/Bulldog(8M/16M)/BE(19M/16M)/BT FTTC(46M)
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