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Standard User Michael_Chare
(fountain of knowledge) Mon 06-Feb-17 13:05:21
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VDSL router with auto fallback to 3G stick


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I would like to buy a router with:

VDSL/ADSL and perhaps 'cable'.
AC Wifi
1000mbps ethernet ports
Automatic fallback to a USB 3G stick.

One possibility appears to be the Asus DSL-AC56U which both Origin BB and Currys sell for £89.99

Is there anything else I should consider?

If at all possible I would like to move from an ADSL ISP to an FTTC ISP without being physically present.

Michael Chare
Standard User RobertoS
(elder) Mon 06-Feb-17 14:04:11
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AIUI the modem component of ASUS kit isn't well regarded. As opposed to the routers which are good stuff.

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Standard User baby_frogmella
(fountain of knowledge) Mon 06-Feb-17 15:59:53
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The Billion 8900AX ticks all your boxes. It aint cheap at 250 notes but this is one of the very few 4 stream 802.11ac modem/routers around.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Billion-MU-MIO-Wireless-Gig...

As Bob says stay away from Asus combined modem/routers, they're notorius for messing up your sync rate on FTTC (d/t regular disconnections). Draytek is another good brand but the 802.11ac coverage on their routers is nothing special, for example they don't even have a 4 stream router out yet.

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Standard User Michael_Chare
(fountain of knowledge) Mon 06-Feb-17 21:47:27
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Thank you for the replies.

So I could buy a cheaper Asus router which does pretty much what I want, but just fails on the most important feature by not being able to hold a fast stable DSL connection or I can spend more than double the money on a Billion or Draytek product.

Fortunately I can defer the decision until the end of the summer when my present ADSL (not 2 or 2+) contract expires.

Michael Chare
Standard User hawkhead
(learned) Mon 06-Feb-17 23:31:14
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You could consider something like

TP-LINK VR200 (about £80)
Standard User Icaras
(experienced) Tue 07-Feb-17 10:15:02
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In reply to a post by Michael_Chare:
Thank you for the replies.

So I could buy a cheaper Asus router which does pretty much what I want, but just fails on the most important feature by not being able to hold a fast stable DSL connection or I can spend more than double the money on a Billion or Draytek product.

Fortunately I can defer the decision until the end of the summer when my present ADSL (not 2 or 2+) contract expires.


All exchanges will have been upgraded to ADSL2+ by the end of 2018.
Standard User Michael_Chare
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 07-Feb-17 11:58:52
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In reply to a post by Icaras:
All exchanges will have been upgraded to ADSL2+ by the end of 2018.
Thank you for telling me that. Most useful, as I am only 1300m from the exchange. That would give me a better speed.

The exchange is WNTRB. Any idea how I find out when that specific exchange might be upgraded?

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Standard User Michael_Chare
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 07-Feb-17 20:02:00
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Thank you. That does look quite suitable.

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Standard User caffn8me
(knowledge is power) Wed 08-Feb-17 14:21:25
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The Draytek 2760 does this - at about £100 without wifi and get a separate AC access point.

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