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NetGear N300 Wi-Fi Modem Router - $19 @ Harvey Norman

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This is a pretty good deal for a barebones ADSL2+ modem/router!

My neighbourhood is only scheduled to get "NBN" in 2019 or later… and my current ADSL2+ modem/router is starting to overheat this summer, so this is a great little backup machine.

Note: the new price may not be advertised on the box in store (still listed as $59.00) but it scans as $19.

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  • +8 votes

    No 5GHz WiFi, 802.11ac or gigabit LAN ports for anyone interested.

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      Good point! I have this hooked up to a dedicated gigabit router/switch for home networking purposes.

    • +4 votes

      No 5GHz WiFi, 802.11ac or gigabit LAN ports for anyone interested.

      5Ghz is only really useful in high-density locations. No cheap router has 11ac. But this one has only two LAN ports, never mind if they are gigabit.

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        Talk to me like I am a dumb blonde (mostly because I am). I am currently using a dlink modem router that was provided by my ISP back in 2006. It drops out occasionally and if two people are on internet at same time, one will be agonisingly slow. What does the LAN port do? Does it matter if there is only two?
        We have ADSL2 with NBN not scheduled any time soon.

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          It drops out occasionally and if two people are on internet at same time, one will be agonisingly slow.

          Sounds like it may be worth spending $19 to try this.

          Two people just web browsing, or running torrents, netflix, … ?

          LAN port is for wired ethernet, ie not WiFi.

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          @manic: hubby on you tube, myself on faecbook, or child on Netflix
          We don’t do torrents

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          @loulou1:

          How fast is your actual internet though and who is your provider?

          Go to somewhere like ozspeedtest (dot com) if your speed is <5Mbps then that's normal.

          If you are with one of the cheaper providers (or Optus in an area where they don't have any equipment in the exchange) then you will suffer congestion in peak periods no matter how fast your speedtest is.

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          @Frig: Optus is provider. I don’t know the speed, I am interstate at the moment so unable to test.

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          @loulou1:

          That could be normal for you. I have 4Mbps where I am if I am lucky and if there are two people on Youtube it's pretty unwatchable.

  • +1 vote

    Good as a backup or just to get internet, then buy a much better wifi router to take over

  • +2 votes

    You can find second hand Cisco 877 routers on eBay for this price. If you’re after a cheap stable ADSL2 router that can do good QOS and other comprehensive routing look at those. But know that IOS has a learning curve.

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      Is there a GUI for the Cisco?

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      It's worth noting that the Cisco 877 does not have WiFi and went End of Sale in 2011 - so you would be buying something that is at least 6 years old.

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      I am one of those people that sells Cisco gear on ebay. I wouldnt recommend this for anyone that isnt an enthusiest or wishes to learn network fundamentals. Your comment isnt wrong in regatds to QoS etc.. I just wouldnt advise anyone to buy one of these if they didnt have a working knowledge of IOS or wanted to learn it.

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        Thanks for the heads up, general tech enthusiast but not super into/knowledgeable about networking.

        I have an AC-RT68U on Merlin for the actual routing + wireless, just need an ADSL2+ modem in bridge mode - would you recommend any used Cisco gear that isn't too difficult to get going for this?

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          Sorry for the delayed reply. The only used cisco gear with easy setup i would go to is the SMB line. But its much harder to find. Get a well reviewed ADSL modem, Maybe even a modem router that you could flash DD-WRT on.

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    Yep, my nb9wmaxx that I got when I joined mynetfone many years ago is starting to get rather flakey in the heat this year…but only 2 lan ports is a deal breaker for me, although thanks for posting the deal.

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    Would this be any good as a wifi extender to put in the garage?

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      Yes. Disable ADSL, DHCP server and anything else, then run an ethernet cable to the garage.

      If you cannot run an ethernet cable, then I suggest PoE for better performance as wifi extenders cut usable bandwidth in half.

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        Ahhh, any cheapish Poe units out there? I’d always heard mixed reports about them….

  • +7 votes

    I would have thought with 1 million plus customers on NBN now, that there would be a lot of ADSL models that are not longer required.

    I have a spare one and will have another spare one in 3 months. Could we organise to find old ADSL modems a new home?

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      Using a second hand electrical device that runs basically 24/7 unattended, sounds very silly to me.

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    Does this flash to DDWRT? I'm wanting to put my home automaton (home assistant based) on a separate network to reduce the risk of someone hacking me via insecure IoT connections.

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    I have owned many ADSL modems, but my old Netgear one gave the most stable connection with the highest sync rate.

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      Not all Netgear models are the same. If you have a bad line and have stability issues then it seems Broadcom chipsets perform best for ADSL. It seems that this model doesn't use a Broadcom chipset for DSL.

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    This review suggests that thus modem is crap.
    https://youtu.be/ka2MtGCbQpU

  • +1 vote

    Maybe you can consider how i help my modem to combat the heat this year. Actually it's been like this for some time now.. :)

    https://imgur.com/8LLW3tq

  • +2 votes

    I bought this a week ago because my other modem was disconnecting from the internet and only providing speeds of 400kbps. This bad boy is (currently..) solid as a rock, its about 3-4 times faster and so far I've had no issues.

    Would recommend if you're in an apartment and just want something basic that works.

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