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    Recommend me a new home router

    Hi - As the title really - I'm on VirginMedia and my existing Netgear router is playing up - so in the market for a new one.

    It'll get a lot of heavy use as I've a lot of music/video stored as well as a teenager with all his mates trying to download to entire internet. 8 wired ports would be good and built in wifi would be helpful as I could lose the additional WAP that I'm running

    Look forward to hearing about good/bad experiences - cheers

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    I've got the standard Virgin wireless hub indoors. I've not had any problems with it.

    I also got it for free because my old netgear one broke.

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    the virgin super hub is a net gear product and talking to an engineer they have to set them up on a specific channel, something to do with the auto channel and power doesn't work properly on them, and there are a lot of people complaining about the super hub. tbh there's not a great deal of difference in home routers anymore just look at the reviews and don't spend silly money.

    I don't use my super hub as a router as the port forwarding doesn't work, but most of the complaints seem to be about the wireless signal. probably because not a lot of people port forward.
    Last edited by januttall; 25th January 2013 at 10:53 AM. Reason: Addition of information

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    I use the Virgin SuperHub for business use at home, including VPN etc... it's been absolutely fine. It only comes with 4 Ethernet ports, so you'll need a switch to make additional connections available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    I use the Virgin SuperHub for business use at home, including VPN etc... it's been absolutely fine. It only comes with 4 Ethernet ports, so you'll need a switch to make additional connections available.
    do you VPN to another server or host the VPN and have others connecting into you, because you wont have any trouble VPN'ing out but last time i tried setting any kind of port forwarding with one it full out refused to connect even tho according to the software inbuilt in the router it was forwarded.

    and im not the only one having issues port forwarding.
    in the end i put it in modem mode and used and old router. and its the only way of fixing port forwarding.
    Last edited by januttall; 25th January 2013 at 12:53 PM.

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    Most important question - whats the max amount you want to spend on it or your budget ?

    Also do you have any preference on make ie netgear, cisco / linksys / tp-link / draytek etc etc ??

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    Cisco 870 is a fantastic piece of kit. The 877W is the wireless one.

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    Cable or DSL, the Drayteks are hard to beat for features, flexibility and price.

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    Re: Recommend me a new home router

    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    Cisco 870 is a fantastic piece of kit. The 877W is the wireless one.
    OMFG, we agree on something :-) , draytek also make some good kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    OMFG, we agree on something :-)
    Hooray
    I have the basic 870 at home and it is really reliable.

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    I have a Netgear DGN3500 and love it. It's easy to configure and manage. It's got four x 1GB Eithernet ports and N-Range wireless with Push ‘N’ Connect for quickly attaching devices via WIFI without having to faff about entering a pass key.

    It also allows you to plug in an external USB drive and share it on the network to make a on the fly NAS drive.

    Also, it has dedicated DynDNS support built directly into it which is great if you want to host something like a Teamspeak server and you don't have a static IP address.
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    Re: Recommend me a new home router

    Push and connect, isn't that related to wps and so totally compromised?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    Push and connect, isn't that related to wps and so totally compromised?
    Apparently so!

    Quote Originally Posted by Wikipedia
    WPS has been shown to easily fall to brute-force attacks.[2] A major security flaw was revealed in December 2011 that affects wireless routers with the WPS feature, which most recent models have enabled by default. The flaw allows a remote attacker to recover the WPS PIN in a few hours and, with it, the network's WPA/WPA2 pre-shared key.[3] Users have been urged to turn off the WPS feature,[4] although this may not be possible on some router models.[5]
    I had no idea! Think I'll be turning that off then!

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    Ive got the superhub free from Virgin, connected the old Netgear one up just by plugging an ethernet cable in. Changed the channel on both so they are different to all the neighbours and each other. All worked fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpuffMonkey View Post
    Hi - As the title really - I'm on VirginMedia and my existing Netgear router is playing up - so in the market for a new one.
    Just join the forum at kitz.co.uk - ADSL Broadband Information and they will help you sort it out , no need for new one !.

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