I gather that my existing (PPPoA) Netgear 834 wired router will be unsuitable to partner the Openreach VDSL modem that the ISP will provide for me and so I'd be interested in any views on using one of the following PPPoE routers instead. I appreciate that the Billion 7800 has already been well-flogged in these forums but what I'm wanting to know is how it compares in practise with the other two I've listed. Here they are:
Billion 7800N (~£115)
Billion 8200N (~£92)
Netgear WNDR 3800 (~£135)
My criteria are: ease of use of the router's configurations, ability to cope with a long line, whether user-settable for target SNR, whether it runs hot or cool, etc. Speed will not be my overriding goal; I'm more interested in stability of the line and reliable running of the router.
I may well move house within the next year or two, to a region where FTTC is unlikely to be on offer, so this is why I've picked some models that give some duality of ADSL/VDSL. Of the present, it may take me a while to make a firm decision about the switchover (whatever happens, I'll be changing ISP), and so an ADSL/VDSL router will also come in handy to cover that indecisive period.
I'm on a long, noisy line to the exchange at present and although a switch to FTTC will replace the greater part of this length, the remaining copper leg will still amount to 750m - 1km. So, noise and crosstalk will still remain of some concern.
One thing I've wondered is whether the stand of the WNDR 3800 is separable from the main box. All images I've seen of it are 'with stand' and the combination used in an upright position. Sounds a daft question, but is it separable from the stand and therefore usable in the horizontal position?
Note that I don't need wireless operation, as I'll be using the new router only in wired mode. Therefore, aspects concerning operating range will be of little or no interest.
According to a couple of simple online tests, the sort of peak download speed I can expect to get on the connection to my current exchange under FTTC will be 20 - 25M bps (assuming BT's 40M bps service).
As an aside, is it true that the Openreach VDSL modem's firmware can be unlocked in order to read the line stats?
Edited by meditator (Fri 18-May-12 12:10:39)