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Standard User CJT
(experienced) Mon 26-Mar-18 18:48:37
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New VDSL Router


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I have just about had enough of Now TV Broadband, so I am moving to another provider (an independent one well regarded on here). The can supply (at a cost) a range of ZyXEL Routers.

Having purchased (a few years back) the wrong TP Link model (a TD-W8968 - which only does ADSL2) I don't want to make the same mistake again!

I had a look at a few online and have found (at a cheaper price, 2nd hand) the VMG1313-B10D and the VMG8924-B Series (The B10D)

The ones I have found are 2nd hand off a popular bidding site!

I wondered if anyone had an opinions on them at all?

I would like to have a "guest" network if at all possible, and 2.4/5GHz wireless networks.

Not sure if both models support that, I have a feeling the latter one does.

Thanks in advance.

CJT.


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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Mon 26-Mar-18 20:11:24
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The 1313 is single band wireless only

The 8924 ticks the dual band wireless, vectoring and G.INP and VDSL2 profile 17a boxes, not looked at guess network options

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Standard User CJT
(experienced) Mon 26-Mar-18 20:20:45
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In reply to a post by MrSaffron:
The 1313 is single band wireless only

The 8924 ticks the dual band wireless, vectoring and G.INP and VDSL2 profile 17a boxes, not looked at guess network options


Thanks MrS,

From this Userguide page 98/99 seems to suggest you can "use the Guest/More AP screen to set up multiple wireless networks on your VMG" so I hope that means a Guest Network...

I may ring ZyXEL tomorrow and ask.

CJT.


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Standard User zyborg47
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 27-Mar-18 09:30:20
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Re: New VDSL Router


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i have the VMG8924-B30A and it does have guest network options, I have just had a look.

It is a good router to be honest.

Adrian

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Standard User CJT
(experienced) Tue 27-Mar-18 10:20:12
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In reply to a post by zyborg47:
i have the VMG8924-B30A and it does have guest network options, I have just had a look.

It is a good router to be honest.


Thank you..

I have found a few on eBay going at a decent price. One's "nearly new" supplied from an ISP but not used. Looking to get one, and move from NowTV BB.

CJT.


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Standard User Michael_Chare
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 27-Mar-18 10:30:25
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I have a 2nd hand VMG8924-B10A from a similar source which I use with Vodafone.

It works very well. For best results it may be is best to clear out any previous ISP default settings, if present, using the supervisor password, as described on the Kitz forum.

I am running version 21 of the firmware which is the latest edition.

Michael Chare
Standard User CJT
(experienced) Tue 27-Mar-18 11:45:38
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In reply to a post by Michael_Chare:
I have a 2nd hand VMG8924-B10A from a similar source which I use with Vodafone.

It works very well. For best results it may be is best to clear out any previous ISP default settings, if present, using the supervisor password, as described on the Kitz forum.

I am running version 21 of the firmware which is the latest edition.


Ah thank you. I will follow that.

I would have used Vodafone but I did spot a few "back-haul" complaints cropping up, so I am going with Pluse8 who seem to be very good.

CJT.


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Standard User CJT
(experienced) Tue 27-Mar-18 13:22:03
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Hello again,

I've PM'd you for some help.

Hope you don't mind.

Thanks.

CJT.


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Standard User Michael_Chare
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 27-Mar-18 17:12:49
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As well you drew my attention to the PM!

With a VMG8924-B10A:

First upgrade the firmware to version 18 or later which you can get from the Zyxel website.

On Windows, to get the supervisor password go to the command prompt and enter the command:

telnet -f c:\dump.txt 192.168.1.1 (using correct IP address of box)

Login using an administrator userid and password.

Enter the command "dmpmdm"

When the output from the command eventually finishes enter the command "exit" which saves the output to the dump.txt file.

Using notepad search the file c:\dump.txt for the word supervisor, and make a note of the 8 character password which you should find a few lines below.

Login to the router using supervisor and this password.
Go to Maintenance\Configuration\ROM-D and select "Clean"

Also at the top right of the screen select Login Privilege, and then Administrator.
Make sure options such as "Reboot" are selected.

If you don't do the above and the box is ex Zen you may find that it loses your settings and reverts to a Zen connection user id if you ever reboot it from the command prompt.

Michael Chare
Standard User CJT
(experienced) Tue 27-Mar-18 17:37:05
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No problem,

Thanks for this. Very helpful

smile

CJT.


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Standard User CJT
(experienced) Thu 29-Mar-18 10:04:33
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Just a quick update,

I rang Now TV to complain about the supplied Hub, and frankly the cost...

They have sent me an updated Dual Band Hub 2 (their model) and have reduced my monthly cost.

So for now I will stick with what I have, and with Now TV and see how it goes.

Thanks for ALL the support, as and when I do move I know what to get and who to go with now

smile

CJT.


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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Thu 29-Mar-18 11:15:52
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If the issue remains that the connection speed is good, but wireless is poor then adding a decent Wi-FI access point is the way to go, then in the future you an change ISP but your wireless access point remains untouched

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Standard User CJT
(experienced) Thu 29-Mar-18 13:00:40
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That MrS is an excellent idea.

So far (apart from something odd) the new router seems better. The "odd" bit is that both the 2.4 and 5 GHz networks share the same SSID.

WRT coverage, I'm in a very small flat (what you now call a Studio) so I can only assume the old router just had poor coverage overall.

I'll see how it goes.

One curious thing is to do with Speed, but I'll post in the Sky Forum as Now TV are part of them.

Thanks again.

CJT.


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Standard User Michael_Chare
(fountain of knowledge) Thu 29-Mar-18 19:27:36
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With the VMG8924-B10A you can configure different SSIDs for 2.4 and 5 GHz should like me, you want to. smile

Michael Chare
Standard User CJT
(experienced) Fri 30-Mar-18 08:20:54
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Morning

That would be my intention going forward. For now the new Now TV Hub 2 is holding out.

Just need to get onto them and see why my speeds are "capped"

CJT.


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