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TP-Link Archer D7 ADSL2+ Modem Router $119 Delivered, or Archer D9 $189 Delivered @ Wireless 1

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    I have a new Telstra modem that gives 15 mbps speed. Would buying this increase speed?

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    I am the user/owner of a tp-link archer d7 that has performed well over naked dsl (adsl 2+ ). would anyone be able to tell me if this will be suitable when I get FTTN ???

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      It only does ADSL2+ so won't be any good for VSDL on FTTN

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        what does the site mean when it states "NBN ready"?

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          It can act as router by plugging it into a fibre connection.

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          "NBN Ready" used to apply to the original NBN which was Fibre To The Premises (FTTP). It refers to a Router or Modem/Router which has a WAN/Internet port which can be used in FTTP NBN connections (and maybe some other NBN technologies).

          Both the D7 and D9 have disclaimers noting "This product is NOT compatible with 'FTTN' NBN connections" (which also applies to FTTB).
          FTTN and FTTB require a device with a VDSL modem.

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          @1bug: great explanation. I got asus dsl-ac68u for the reason for VDSL compatible

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          @humbala: I read the asus are finicky to set up? NBN are pretty picky about the modems' settings.

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          @1bug: thank you for the explanation. would you be able to suggest me what to get between a router,new modem router, range extender or powerline adapter when rooms distant from the modem router(tpg adsl2+) has poor connections?

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          @yummycoot:
          I've got a tp-link wpa4220kit powerline that works with my D7. Not hard to set up.

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          @yummycoot:
          If you want to connect a distant room to your existing network, you may want to consider:

          • Powerline adapters if you want to connect an ethernet capable device like a computer or TV (if you have more than 1 ethernet device, you can add a network Switch and connect multiple devices to the switch).
          • Wireless range extender if you want WiFi coverage in the room (note that range extenders will effectively halve the wireless throughput for those devices connecting to it).
          • Combine powerline adapters and a Router which can be configured as a wireless Access Point to provide WiFi coverage (better than range extenders) and ethernet connections.
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          @1bug: thank you, this clears up my questions very much.

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          @AncientWisdom: Initially when I changed the config from adsl to vdsl I couldn't get it working. At the end I did a factory reset and use the wizard and it's working fine since then.

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      You need a VDSL modem, the D7 is ADSL only. I recommend a Netgear R7000 when it's on sale for around $170.

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      I am the same. I am going to just use the RSP supplied modem in bridge mode together with this most excellent router. It's important to make sure you go with an RSP that supplies a modem that does have bridge mode. See here for details of all modems offered - https://whirlpool.net.au/wiki/fttn_registered_modem_router

      For this reason I've decided to go with iiNet/MyRepublic.

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        bridge mode

        "Bridge mode" isn't really a thing. You achieve bridged mode by disabling NAT (and the wireless radio if you don't wish to use which you probably don't).

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          Bridged mode is a "thing". Disabling NAT alone does not simply place the modem into bridged mode. The device needs to support bridged mode. Not all devices support it.

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        I used my standard Huawei modem from TPG and instead used a DMZ setup to access all the feature of my ASUS AC88U.
        Works like a dream, and much better than Bridging it.

        https://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=2609847

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    Would this work better than an iinet bob lite ?

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      Usually the modem/router the isp provides should work fine, but if you after more features the D7 and D9 are much more superior than the basic modem they give you.

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        The bob modems are terrible when it comes to port forwarding. They have a limit of like 20 parameters you can put in. When 1 program needs 4 different ranges just for 1pc…it's a nightmare. But I was wondering if it would be more stable or faster internet wise

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        Usually the modem/router the isp provides should work fine

        Er … no they don't. The ISP has zero interest in you achieving faster speeds by paying more for the equipment they may be supplying for "nothing".

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          If the isp provided the equipment to you that doesn't work, what is the point? They might of provided you with an outdated cheap modem, but it works.

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      Those free bundled bob litles are a (profanity) rubbish modem
      heck a 30 buck tender would be better

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    Had my D9 for a couple years now and it was a great improvement over the top of the range exetel recommended device

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    Using the d7 for a while, never miss a beat. Now I regret it because it doesn't support VDSl (FTTN) that coming to my area.

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    Hi

    Just want to know what's the best to get for my new NBN they put the box inside my loungeroom.

    They said i have FTTP and need a modem.

    Currently on my adsl im using and old Belkin 600 something modem and have Apple Wifi router basestation which all works perfect atm.

    But apparently i will need to change it for NBN.

    Ideas ?

    Cheers

    Pookie

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      FTTP only needs a router. FTTN needs at least a VDSL modem.

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      You don't need a VDSL modem for FTTP connections. You can buy a router such as the Archer C series.

      This Archer D7 does have a router only mode — you can easily change one setting and it turns off the modem feature.

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      You should be able to continue to use the Apple Wifi router base station (what model is it?)

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      I was in the same situation. got this router on a previous deal here at OZB. updated the firmware on it and its been rock solid. would recommend.

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    Does anyone know if Archer D9 or D7 support VoIP?TIA

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      Both of them are not a VoIP modem as such. But if you purchase something like a Gigaset IP phone to use with it, you can access VoIP services.

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    We're getting HFC NBN in 12 months.
    Would this be compatible with it in bridge mode? Running Optus cable at the moment with its dodgy integrated modem /router.

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      Check again. They revised all the rollout plans since they "discovered" FTTdp. The latest rollout sheet I saw said that all that were previously classified as HFC will now be FTTdp, and most FTTN will be changed too. The NBN site still says HFC for me next year though..

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        Still says HFC for me too. I'm getting 20-25mbps in Optus cable at the moment. $60 for unlimited. Doubt NBN will be better value at that speed and quota…

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    I have a non NBN connection
    2 bed apartment with TPG adsl 2+
    I'm looking to upgrade from the model that came with TPG (net comm) is the D9 worth the extra $?
    What are the main differences?

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      The D9 seems to have a (faster?) 1GHz dual-core processor (not specified for D7), wireless 'N' 2.4GHz band at 600Mbps (vs 450Mbps, note: most client devices will support up to 300Mbps), beamforming (good for larger houses), USB 3.0 + USB 2.0 (vs 2 x USB 2.0).

      Given you're in a 2 bed apartment, the D7 should be provide more than sufficient coverage (unless you need a USB 3.0 port).

      I have recommended Archer D7s for friends/relatives in average size houses/apartments (to date, I haven't heard any complaints).

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      If tpg gave you the huawei modem, that is horrid. anything would be better.

      When I had experience with the huawei modem, i experienced dropouts on a daily basis. Had to go reset the modem everyday. it was a joke.

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    Tp-link support had to give me a bespoke firmware update to fix my D7 freezing up whenever my E470 wirelessly connected, but not other devices. Other than that period of frustration, it's fine. It's my first experience with tech support that's based in China, not too bad.

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      I'd say their tech support making a specialised firmware update specific to your issue is pretty amazing!

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    No VoIP on either of these? I'm surprised, I assumed VoIP would be pretty much standard nowadays.

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    Which one is better , Archer D7 or D-Link DSL-2890AL Dual Band AC1750?

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    I currently have a w8960n and it struggles to be stable in my bedroom 4 metres away, would the D7 be an improvement?
    It isn't my w8960n as I have replaced it 3 times.

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      I have a w8960n, but I only use it as a bridged ADSL2+ modem connected to an Asus RT-AC87U Router.

      The W8960N is an entry-level modem/router and is limited to single band (2.4 GHz) Wireless N up to 300Mbps. The D7 is dual band and should provide a significant improvement in wireless N coverage, as well as Wireless AC coverage, and should be able to handle more connected devices simultaneously.

      Having said that, if your problems are related to other factors (like noisy line or line dropouts) then another modem/router will not fix those types of problems.

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    I have an Optus broadband ADSL2+ with an optus supplied modem (sagemcom), could I use one of these instead?

    I've called Optus IT support and searched their forums for answers but no luck thus far.

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      You can install ANY ADSL modem on AU ADSL connections , a 5 second google search would of brought up these answers or speaking to someone else with optus adsl or checking WHIRLPOOL FORUMS

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    the Dlink DSL-2890AL is cheaper than this…
    https://www.wireless1.com.au/d-link-dsl-2890al-dual-band-ac1...
    $79 (after $50 egift card)
    looks like they are same spec

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