I was looking for a new modem and came across this deal from The Cable Connection looks like they are the cheapest by far on these 2 modems and Pickup in all states
I have the 7404VNPX great modem on my old connection closer to the exchange but these get flakey if yoru more than 2Km away from the exchange
In that case I wouldnt consider it the fault of the modem. There could be a lot of noise in the line over such a distance and other factors. I have the VNPX and am 1.5km away from my exchange, yet I get 1.5 Megabytes download speed (TPG Naked) almost consistently (tested on Speedtest.net at various times of day, on various days over a great period of time). Also if youre connected to your modem via wifi, then the walls in your home, your use of bluetooth or microwaves (from what I've read) can also disrupt the quality of your speed.
EDIT: Also worth mentioning that its important to keep your modems firmware up to date. The VNPX had a minor firmware update just 2 months ago: http://au.billion.com/product/voip/fd_voip/bipac7404vnpx.php
Great price on the VNPX, I'm quite sure I paid around $230 for mine about 2 years ago from MSY.
What a vast array of devices they have ;)
Great pricing tho!!
Great modems/routers… As BenMHarvey said they can get a little funny for longer distances though. I'm @ 3.5KM from the exchange and mine is stable 99.9%, I had to do a little tweaking to get it solid. I paid double this a few years back so I'd say this is a bargain.
My new place is 3.7Km away and was getting sync errors and daily dropouts in the end replaced it with a cheap TP-Link Modem as I won't be here long
The price for the 7404VNPX are a lot better than what I paid for it, but after having it for a couple of years, I can't really recommend it at all. First of all, it uses the Ikanos chipset (the 7404VNOX uses a different chipset, I think), which is neither that stable, nor gives you good sync. The router is also extremely fussy at times, with a web interface that isn't all that user friendly. I think the Billion 7800N is a better buy.
I now use a cheap TP-link modem in bridge mode with a Netgear router (with no modem), ends up being cheaper combined than even this low price for the VNPX, and much more stable to boot.
I have the 7404vnpx for a few years now and just using it as router and VoIP adapter.. Hopeless as modem. TP link syncs higher and more stable with the Broadcom chipset.
Exactly the same, I have a TPLink 8840 in front of mine using it the same way. These modems certainly don't like some lines.
Id recommend waiting until the new models are released at the end of this month, better specs, broadcomm chipset & dual band wireless - 7800VDOX and 7800VPDX
modem routers just aren't very good.
If you want something that is actually stable then get a separate router and modem.
Better yet get a gigabit WAN router so your ready for the NBN.
Dont agree, modem routers are just fine. depends on your settings and requirements.
Its a really bad idea to separate the modem, if you cant get the above right then fair enough
Dont bother with gigbit wan router, its a waste of money by the link below a switch or gigbit router would do.
I don't think you understand.
the gigabit WAN is so you can get the 100mbit speeds from the NBN, a lot of them come with Hardware NAT etc as well to get this speed.
Modem routers or low end routers generally can't do anything close to 100mbit.
And my point still stands, most modem/router combos are bad, if you have low requirements get something cheap, if you have high requirements then get a separate router/modem.
No idea why you would spend $200 on something like the OP posted.
Actually thinking is what you need to do, outside of your own needs.
Thats my point.
If you don't have similar needs to mine you should be spending a lot less on a router/modem combo.
If your going to spend $200, you might as well get something good.
Agree with that
nothing wrong with modem routers, it all depends what chipset is used for the ADSL functionality and the same applies for standalone modems.
I have a Billion 7800N, it has Broadcom ADSL chipset, gigabit WAN (if the NBN ever eventuates), gigabit ethernet and 802.11b/g/n. Its a great modem and very stable and fast on longer lines.
My Billion 7800NL is rock solid on a bad line 4.3km long.
By the way in Perth, PLE is only $10 more for both these models.
The 7800Nl walks all over my previous netcomm NB6plus4w
These are going cheap as their replacment models have just been announced and will be available at the end of the month, the 7800V series… 7800VDOX & 7800VDPX
Same specs, although will do fibre modems on an ethernet port too. Also, RRPs of the new models are a lot lower than the original RRPs of the 7404 series… so these actually aren't much cheaper than the new models will be (seen them for $189 & $218 already).
Just saying :)
I agree. If you can wait a month, get the new model with the Broadcom chipset and all the new features for around the same price.
I have a 7404VGOX - been running with it for a few years now. Some stability issues originally, but after a couple of firmware revisions it's been pretty solid. Don't use it with DSL but hooked up to a cable modem (uses the 'EWAN' option - you lose one of the four network ports, but whatever). Run a couple of VoIP services off it, does fail over to 3G if the cable goes out….
Just a side note, everytime there is a big storm, something fails in Billion routers. 2 years ago, that halestorm stopped my 7404VNPX's wifi. After a replacement, last year, another storm stopped its ADSL. It was connected through a surge filter and UPS in my house. I have to make a choice between switching the router or changing the house. At the end, I changed to Draytek, everything runs smoothly now.
Having said that, the features for Billion router is great, and when there is no storm or power surges it works well.
Why would you leave it connected during a storm? also unless you have surge protection or ups your asking for it, leaving it on during lighting etc
Anyone is looking for a used 7404VNPX ping me :-)
I was thinking about one of these, but their patchy reviews put me off. then picked up a Fritzbox. they are expensive, but are fully featured. Check them out if you don't have your heart set on a billion
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