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D-Link AC2600 Wi-Fi Router Powered by McAfee $99 Delivered @ Centrecom

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Click Frenzy Mayhem 2020

I changed to Aussie NBN and was looking for a new modem as Dodo wants the modem back. Based on PCmag review, this is listed as one of the editor's choice, I searched for price and got this deal.
I got price matched today with JB-HIFI after a few tries with different stores and salesmen.

Caution: The online review of this shop is not so great so, if you can, get it from any of the stores' outlets directly.

D-Link AC2600 Wi-Fi Router Powered by McAfee
AC2600 Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO
Gigabit ports (4 x LAN/1 x WAN)
Cutting-Edge Chip Technology, Intel GRX350 processor
McAfee Secure Home Platform (SHP)
Comprehensive parental controls
Downloadable antivirus software for devices
Protects all connected devices, including IoT devices
Cloud-based machine learning helps detect threats

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  • +2 votes

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  • +1 vote

    Note that the model is DIR-2680 - AC2600 is the speed/type of Wi-Fi

  • +2 votes

    Dodo wants the modem back

    What ??????

    • +9 votes

      What's not to understand? The modem is going extinct, and clearly dodos are the Langoliers of this planet, responsible for harvesting all that is extinct.

      • +8 votes

        Geez I’ve never heard of an internet provider asking for their modem back.

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          what are they going to do with it??

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            @jv: Give it to another customer.

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          Optus always have done with me (pre NBN) and the fetch TV box, but then I have found a Telstra one when I moved in so who knows

      • +1 vote

        except this product is a router?

        • +3 votes

          once you have an nbn box, all you need is a router, but you probably new that

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            @Jackson: So if I connected this to the NBN box that my modem/router is connected to it will work and I can ditch the modem/router I already have?
            I have the NBN box connected to the stock Modem/Router that TPG gave me, I disabled the wifi on the modem/router and connected the Tenda MW6 and have 3 access points around the house.
            The modem keeps dropping out

            • +3 votes

              @zemphism: Yes, as long as you aren't using the VoIP phone number. The idiots at TPG hard code the VoIP account details in their router, and they refuse to give them to you, so no tpg router, no home phone number (endless you just go to someone else)

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                @Jackson: So would I be able to just plug the Tenda MW6 into the NBN box?
                Or is the Tenda a Mesh system and not a router. Screw the VoIP. I have never used it

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                  @zemphism: I have no experience with that, but generally if it has an ethernet port you can plug it in

                • +1 vote

                  @zemphism: Yeah plug the Tenda into NBN connection device. Tenda is a mesh system. One of them is used as a router.

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            @Jackson: i did not know this.

  • -2 votes

    Isn't better to get the modem that Aussie NBN provides as it is already configured?
    You $150 for the personal one and $269 for the business one?
    https://www.aussiebroadband.com.au/small-business/nbn-plans/...

    • +5 votes

      If you value 5 minutes of your time at more than $50 then yes, I guess it would be better. Otherwise not really.

      Though I've never had issues with cheap routers so I wouldn't be spending this much on one anyway.

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        Is it really 5 mins?
        If there are issues, would they be able to help/support you?
        As you don't have the standard modem?
        I don't want to spend 1 hour on the phone with tech support trying to resolve the custom modem issue.

        • +6 votes

          Aussie BB’s support is the best I’ve encountered. Pretty sure they’d help with BYODs.
          They helped me select the right options when changing router to my own.

          • +2 votes

            @LuckyDrew: Yeah, their support seems quite good.
            I ended up getting the $269 one…mainly because of the back up SIM & VOIP.
            Not sure if any of the BYOD have SIM slots, VOIP and is cheaper than $270?

            Maybe I should hand in my Ozbargain badge?

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              @congo: I paid above the odds (compared to previous deals) for a Deco M5 3 unit mesh system - $289 - to replace the standard modem. But in these trying times of working from home we needed the upgrade.

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                @LuckyDrew: Hi LuckyDrew. I'm looking to get the Deco M5 unit you mentioned. How do you find it? Have you had any nagging problems with it? Are the speeds great? Thanks in advance.

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                  @albert0pia: Super happy with it. Speeds seem close to max for our 50/20 plan. We’ve got a small house and get full strength in all rooms, and decent coverage to most of our 617m2 block. Full speed and strength hammock wifi.

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                    @LuckyDrew: So with the Deco M5, do we still need a modem to connect to NBN?
                    Does it support VoIP?

                    • +1 vote

                      @congo: I can only speak to my connection - HFC, I have a NTD in my house which is the ‘modem’ and I connect the deco m5 to it with a cable as my router.

                      I’m no IT guy but did plenty of googling to confirm it would work with my cable NBN hybrid thingy connection.

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                        @LuckyDrew: The Deco works on NBN HFC.

                        • +1 vote

                          @Twix: Yeah I know. I’m using it right now and was the one recommending it.

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                          @Twix: Would the Tenda MW6 work the same as this?

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                      @congo: Oh I don’t know anything about VoIP though. We don’t use it.

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                      @congo: FTTN & FTTB = modem & TP-Link Deco M5.
                      FTTC, FTTP & HFC = NBN connection device & TP-Link Deco M5.

                      No dedicated VoIP port. You must use a IP handset or ATA.

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                    @LuckyDrew: Ok. Thank you very much.

                • +1 vote

                  @albert0pia: The company I used to work for sold thousands of them as their recommended option. I would assume it was chosen for the profit margin as opposed to actually being the best, but we got very few complaints about them.

                  Pretty much the only thing people complained about was having trouble reconnecting it if the modem went down, though I don't know if it's actually any harder to do that with this model than any other.

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                    @callum9999: What would you say are the maximum practical speeds the unit can put out? I have a 100Mbps connection and would like something that wouldn't bottleneck my speeds.

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                      @albert0pia: Ethernet = 1000Mbps/1 Gigabit.

                      Wifi depends what your mobile device is capable of.

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              @congo: If you are looking for SIM, Voip - $269 is the best you can get in market +support

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                @BargainMac: SIM is nice to have but not mandatory.
                VoIP is mandatory.

        • +1 vote

          5 minutes was just a stab in the dark. It would probably take me less than that, if you don't know much about technology and have never done this before, possibly a bit longer. Even though you may not understand what any of the terms mean, if you follow the guide it's generally very straightforward.

          And from watching people struggle to do things like this I cannot emphasise enough - if you don't understand it then don't try and understand it, just do as it says! It's generally as simple as "type in this number in your browser, select these options, done". I think people who get stuck doing this are generally overthinking things.

    • +1 vote

      Not really? If you can get a better cheaper ‘modem’. Depends on the way their NBN is delivered I think ours is HFC. The NTD is the actual modem for my set up and then we have a router. We recently upgraded ours. Not convinced the standard Aussie one is that good.

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      I tried to get one last week and they had a back log for the standard one. 4 week wait or get their premium one for more, or BYOD.

    • +2 votes

      Hey mate - you’ll find that NBN is for the most part plug & play. Nothing like it used to be. No need for any configuration.

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        Had issues in the past when modems weren't compatible with some ISP.
        Scared from those experiences.

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        Totally agree. My current modem is from MyRepublic, and has hopped to Telecube, Barefoot, ABB and Superloop since then. Each time it's a 1 minute job to change the configuration. I plug a quality router into it, and only use the modem's WiFi AP for a guest network, because I do not trust a cheap ISP configured device to provide adequate security for my internal devices (such as my NAS).

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        Better to spend a little more and get a quality modem/wireless router, the little time setting it up will save hours of frustration later.

      • +1 vote

        Depends on a heap of factors… Connection type, ISP, etc.

        Best case you've got HFC (or similar) and the provider does DHCP.

        Worst case you need a modem that does VDSL and the provider is using PPPOE.

        And all the messes in between..

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          Its FTTC.
          This is good to know in the future.

      • +1 vote

        Unless your ISP does vlan tagging, or has a custom MTU or a few things.

        Im all for doing it yourself, but id never recommend it to my mum.

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    not sure, why the product review does not justify to PCmeg. Do you have any link for product reviews score?

  • +4 votes

    comments from the previous deal indicate it's not worth buying.

    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/528247

  • +8 votes

    I work for ABB you can BYOD and we will setup. Also this hasn't got dsl so only HFC,FTTC and Fixed Wireless will work on it.

    • +1 vote

      Thanks for clarifying that. I was looking into this for my FTTN connection currently being built but will look elsewhere.

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        Anytime!! 😁

    • +2 votes

      Wouldn't it include FTTP as well?

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        YES! FTTP as well, how could i forget.. sorry

        • +2 votes

          Probs cos it's the mythical dragon of nbn technology.

    • +1 vote

      FTTP will also work.

    • +1 vote

      Hi H4ydos, do you know of a good mesh modem router that would work with ABB FTTC? And supports VoIP.
      I already have the ASUS RT-AC68U, but I don't think this supports VoIP.
      Thanks

      • +1 vote

        Personally i use tp link deco, Does a great job and is usually $289 https://bit.ly/2LPyAuU
        or you could buy google nest 3 pack for $499 from ABB.

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          Would the Tenda mesh systems also work directly into the NBN box?

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        Setup a mesh network with your existing ASUS RT-AC68U router with another ASUS RT router.

        VoIP = IP handset or ATA.

        • +1 vote

          Thanks Twix.
          I will look out for a IP handset.
          Hopefully there isn’t much configuration needed for the VoIP.

  • +11 votes

    No idea about this product, but "Powered by McAfee" is something I would never have imagined as a selling point.
    Perhaps it is powered by "coke" like the founder, or Blue Shirts from Intel?

    • +1 vote

      They also add this to Xerox copiers from USA. Meanwhile the same Japanese variant Fujixerox has no McAfee and runs so much faster/smoother

    • +3 votes

      Come with built in VPN client, routes all your traffic via a server in John’s secret hide out in Belize.

  • +1 vote

    Better option is almost always standalone router and dedicated wifi access points. Let's you upgrade/replace/etc independently.

  • +3 votes

    I have a Dlink Ac1200, and would never buy a Dlink product again. Firmware support is abysmal. Avoid Dlink - so many better products out there.

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      yep TP-Link much better

  • +1 vote

    This is a subpar product, the origin or the purpose of the router was noteworthy… but the end product was something that should not be released until they can sort out the functionality and the usefulness of the features.

    In short, I am not a techie, I want something that I can use with minimum fuss and configurations. Unfortunately with this, I need to deal with frequent disconnect, issues with connection to WIFI on my smart TV…. etc. I return it after 2 hours of strugglings… and back to my trusted ASUS.

  • +6 votes

    Just a few weeks ago I troubleshooted a mate who could't run the game 'Alien Swarm'. Turns out the legitimately downloaded Steam game had a run file titled 'swarm.exe' which the smooth brains behind his McAfee AV had 'detected' as a virus. Just mentioning this so you know that if you decide to purchase this product, you can rest assured that you'll be protected from the notorious virus known as 'virus.exe' or the devastating malware titled 'malware.exe' :)

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      It's not based on file name…

  • +3 votes

    I thought it was a water tank

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      I too initially thought what a Water tank is doing with Modem. I bought this now and not sure If I should store some water in it ;)

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    Whats the range like - looks like its got 4 smallish internal antenna which seem too strong. Also does it have wifi tech like beamfoaming?

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      Not tested it yet. I Will set up after my workday is finished.
      It does state Beamfoaming and MU-Mimo

  • +4 votes

    If only they placed anywhere as much effort (in designing cases) in to supporting the device via firmware updates, users would be far better off.

    Instead they release, and then ignore the device like some bastard child.

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    This or a Tenda Nova MW3 3 pack?

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      Tenda Nova.

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    how about the Redmi router? I'm looking for something that can help penetrate a few walls…I'm tossing up this or the TP-link AV600 powerline wifi extender…

    https://www.gearbest.com/blog/new-gear/redmi-router-ac2100-r...

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      Neither. TP-Link Deco or ASUS RT.

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    Doesn't appear to be supported by OpenWRT. Hard to go back to stock firmwares after having that much customisation. Does take more time to setup of course, especially the first few times.

  •  

    I have this router priced matched at JBHIFI back in March ($99), It's only good for basic end users who want quick plug and play. I had to give it away as the thing didn't have any decent features and was giving me issues with XBOX/PSN downloads with no easy way to fix it.

    It's OK for a $99 router , I wouldn't pay more.

  • +3 votes

    Powered by McAfee

    If it’s anyhting like their windows software, it’ll grind your connection to a halt.

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    Don't expect a $100 router to perform as good as $200 $300 router. For me, I bought it just because I want a router which is more stable than the isp's modem. I am using the tp-link vr1600v from TPG and the response time when you surf Facebook or Web is lag because the built in router doesn't handle many devices well at the same time. I have about 11 devices including Iot devices. After installing dir 2680, the network is very smooth now.

    It took me about 5 minutes to configure everything. I am using FTTN so I have to change the modem to bridge mode, disable its DHCP and wifi then set up the dir 2680 to connect directly to ISP so that the internet is address is assigned on the dir2680, not the modem. By this way, you let the dir2680 handles all the network. Otherwise, if you just plug it in to the ISP modem, nothing change because your modem is the one which handles most of your network and the dir2680 just works like a wifi access point. That's why you think the dir2680 was bad.