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Standard User Spikester84
(learned) Thu 17-Feb-11 18:29:15
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TalkTalk Router?


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Hi guys,

I was just wondering what router you get with TalkTalk unlimited package (the wireless 'N' one) and if there is a choice, which one is best?

Cheers

Steve
Standard User BuckleZ
(fountain of knowledge) Thu 17-Feb-11 18:37:48
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Re: TalkTalk Router?


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I believe they were sending out Huawei HG532b...

I was lucky enough on TalkTalk to get a DGN2000 around year ago, but my friend got a H532b..

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Edited by BuckleZ (Thu 17-Feb-11 18:38:07)

Standard User Spikester84
(learned) Thu 17-Feb-11 18:51:40
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Is the H532b any good?

Steve


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Standard User Zigtek
(fountain of knowledge) Thu 17-Feb-11 20:37:40
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Re: TalkTalk Router?


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I received a D-link DSL-2740r a year (ish) ago.
I did have one fail on me that wouldn't hold sync but TT replaced it FOC after only a couple of calls to support smile

Dr Zig prescribes...More Beer! smile
Standard User Jack_Hackett
(knowledge is power) Fri 18-Feb-11 17:00:56
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Re: TalkTalk Router?


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In reply to a post by Zigtek:
I received a D-link DSL-2740r a year (ish) ago.
I did have one fail on me that wouldn't hold sync but TT replaced it FOC after only a couple of calls to support smile


I received a D-Link DSL-2680 a few months ago to replace my faulty HG 520.

Specs - http://www.shoppydoo.co.uk/price-routers-d_link_dsl_...
Standard User Lemzip
(fountain of knowledge) Sat 19-Feb-11 00:11:14
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Dlink 2680 seems to be the norm at the mo
Standard User Spikester84
(regular) Sat 19-Feb-11 18:17:27
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That D-Link 2680 only has 2 ethernet ports, and looks rather [censored]!

I wonder if as a new customer, you ask for a wireless router with 4 ethernet ports, they would send out a better one?

Steve
Standard User Jack_Hackett
(knowledge is power) Sun 20-Feb-11 09:09:52
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In reply to a post by Spikester84:
That D-Link 2680 only has 2 ethernet ports, and looks rather [censored]!

It could be worse you could get a HG521 which only has one port.


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Edited by Jack_Hackett (Sun 20-Feb-11 09:11:09)

Standard User asbokid
(newbie) Sun 26-Jun-11 14:28:49
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Re: TalkTalk Router - DSL-2680 specs and common failure?


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Maybe we have been unlucky, but the DLink DSL-2680 seems to have a short lifespan. We've got through three of the devices in less than six months.

A crashed DSL-2680 router completely freezes and loses all external connectivity. Port scanning it from the LAN side reveals the presence of an ethernet device, but all the TCP/UDP sockets that are normally listening are shown as filtered.

However, even in the 'crashed' state, a serial cable connected to the UART pins on the mainboard will get you to the shell of the ZyNOS BootBase bootloader.

From the shell, I've done extensive DRAM memory testing (all tests passed 100%) and I have checksummed the contents of the 2MByte SPI flash memory from a crashed DSL-2680. The flash memory from a failed device compares byte-perfect against a known good flash.

So those tests vindicate both the DRAM and the flash memory. Since the CPU continue to work correctly, I would guess that the fault is with the ADSL analog front end (AFE). Maybe it is particularly susceptible to damage from adverse line conditions.

It is a shame that the DSL-2680 falls down so easily because it is an otherwise competent device with comparatively high line synchronisation speeds.

The technical specs of the DSL-2680 are as follows (1).

  • TrendChip TC3162U ADSL2+ Router/Processor. This has an ARM7/ARM9 core clocked at 192/200 MHz (2)(3)
  • TrendChip TC3086 ADSL2+ Analog Front End (AFE) (4)
  • 2 MByte serial flash memory (1x Winbond W25Q16BC). The flash supports quad SPI (four bits banged out simultaneously) but this is disabled in the firmware) (5)
  • 16 MByte SDRAM (1x ESMT M12L128168A) (6)
  • 802.11n WLAN driver (1 x Ralink RT3390) interfaced to the TC3162 via the PCIe bus, and using the RT3090 driver (7)
  • 10/100 MBps Ethernet switch (1 x Ralink TC2206) (8)
  • Software:
    • ZyNOS BootBase v. VTC_SPI1.6 (bootloader with SPI flash support, and ZyXEL BootExtension) (9)(10)
    • HTP_TC v 0.05 (Hardware Test Program, disabled)
    • RAS v.1.08 (ZyXEL Router Application Software)


[1] http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/1774/dsl2680pcb.jpg
[2] http://eng.ralinktech.com.tw/download.php?t=U0wyRnpj...
[3] https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chro...
[4] http://eng.ralinktech.com.tw/download.php?t=U0wyRnpj...
[5] http://www.winbond.com.tw/NR/rdonlyres/7EB3B29C-1B35...
[6] http://www.esmt.com.tw/DB/manager/upload/M12L128168A...
[7] http://www.ralinktech.com/download.php?t=U0wyRnpjMlY...
[8] http://eng.ralinktech.com.tw/download.php?t=U0wyRnpj...
[9] http://www.vaxination.ca/tcpip/zynos_commands.html
[10] http://www.ixo.de/info/zyxel_uclinux/

Edited by asbokid (Sun 26-Jun-11 14:39:11)

Standard User asbokid
(member) Mon 19-Mar-12 01:33:51
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Re: TalkTalk Router - DSL-2680 specs and common failure?


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Just a correction for anyone interested in the Trendchip TC3162.. It has a MIPS32 core, not an ARM (see ref 2b, and the Linux kernel .config file in that 60MB tarball.)

cheers, a

In reply to a post by asbokid:
  • TrendChip TC3162U ADSL2+ Router/Processor. This has a MIPS32 core (2)(3)
  • TrendChip TC3086 ADSL2+ Analog Front End (AFE) (4)
  • 2 MByte serial flash memory (1x Winbond W25Q16BC). The flash supports quad SPI (four bits banged out simultaneously) but this is disabled in the firmware) (5)
  • 16 MByte SDRAM (1x ESMT M12L128168A) (6)
  • 802.11n WLAN driver (1 x Ralink RT3390) interfaced to the TC3162 via the PCIe bus, and using the RT3090 driver (7)
  • 10/100 MBps Ethernet switch (1 x Ralink TC2206) (8)
  • Software:
    • ZyNOS BootBase v. VTC_SPI1.6 (bootloader with SPI flash support, and ZyXEL BootExtension) (9)(10)
    • HTP_TC v 0.05 (Hardware Test Program, disabled)
    • RAS v.1.08 (ZyXEL Router Application Software)


[1] http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/1774/dsl2680pcb.jpg
[2a] http://eng.ralinktech.com.tw/download.php?t=U0wyRnpj...
[2b] https://forum.openwrt.org/viewtopic.php?pid=155880#p...
[3] https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chro...
[4] http://eng.ralinktech.com.tw/download.php?t=U0wyRnpj...
[5] http://www.winbond.com.tw/NR/rdonlyres/7EB3B29C-1B35...
[6] http://www.esmt.com.tw/DB/manager/upload/M12L128168A...
[7] http://www.ralinktech.com/download.php?t=U0wyRnpjMlY...
[8] http://eng.ralinktech.com.tw/download.php?t=U0wyRnpj...
[9] http://www.vaxination.ca/tcpip/zynos_commands.html
[10] http://www.ixo.de/info/zyxel_uclinux/

Edited by asbokid (Mon 19-Mar-12 01:36:00)

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