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Standard User midwich
(member) Tue 11-Dec-12 22:39:13
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I need a router that just won't quit!


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Hi there,
I really need people's advice: I live 2-3 miles from my country exchange, and my signal-to-noise ratio drops like a stone come nightfall. My router then loses sync and doesn't do a good job of trying to reconnect to the exchange/ISP.

What modem/router do people recommend that's best known for:

1. holding on to a weak signal and not letting go if at at all possible

2. if it does lose sync, will keep on trying until it gets it back again

What are people's best recommendations?

Thanks for your help smile
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Tue 11-Dec-12 22:58:52
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Which router do you have now, and what are the router stats? e.g. if you are seeing a 12dB drop in noise margin at night, then no router will probably help.

Devices like
http://www.thinkbroadband.com/hardware/reviews/73-fr...
might be worth a look as that gives you some degree of configuration over parameters that should make the router more stable

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 MHC
(sensei) Wed 12-Dec-12 00:25:10
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If you can find an unused 2wire 2700HGV-C on ebay they can hold a weak signal quite well and after a loss of sync will reconnect as soon as it is able.

Can you run RouterStats Lite and give an approximation of the SNR swing from day to night.


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Standard User E7er
(knowledge is power) Wed 12-Dec-12 11:50:35
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I second the BT Business Hub 2Wire 2700HGV wireless router recommendation for hanging onto a long telephone line back to the exchange. wink

http://forums.thinkbroadband.com/dslrouter/t/4187700...

My Broadband Speed Test
EE broadband WBC 20 Mbps. Sync 11864 kbps Downstream, 1189 kbps Upstream.
Bright Box ADSL2+ wireless N Router supplied by Orange
BT Business Hub 2Wire 2700HGV v2 ADSL2+ Dual SSID wireless Router
Standard User midwich
(member) Wed 12-Dec-12 20:35:49
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Thanks for such a quick reply smile I have an old D-link router, and signal
generally drops by around 6-10dB's. That's a mighty fine router you kindly
linked to, thank you, cost is way too rich for my blood but I appreciate the thought smile
Standard User midwich
(member) Wed 12-Dec-12 20:38:36
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Thanks very much for that, I'm now watching a few of those routers
on eBay that the sellers swear are not locked to BT, so looking good!
Standard User midwich
(member) Wed 12-Dec-12 20:41:34
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Thanks very much for the link and recommendation smile
Standard User micksharpe
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Wed 12-Dec-12 21:17:59
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I can vouch for the 2Wire. Lovely bit of kit. Used to be standard issue for BT Business connections, so you should be able to pick one up on eBay. The PSUs are not so good, imho, but they are easily replaced.

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Standard User MHC
(sensei) Wed 12-Dec-12 22:10:54
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They have BT firmware but are not locked to BT. There are alternative firmwares available too.

If you want to PM the ones you are looking at I can give them a quick check. Hopefully you will get a version 6.

MickS mentions the PSUs but I have not had a problem with any of them and I am currently running four here - a 2701 as a router and three 2700s as WAPs.


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