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Hi SNA'ers

Recently got NBN'd (HFC), happy with the speed/connection etc as one could be with Aussie Broadband.  The issue i have is that the Netcomm wifi router that came with the plan is pretty meh, as expected, but it was free with the plan (obviously not really)..  The wifi signal keeps dropping off intermittently and can be a PITA at the most inconvenient of times.

 

The NBN modem & Netcomm router are placed in the study room downstairs.  The tv, projector, fetch box etc are out in the living room area and would get a 4 bar signal at the least, but they lose connectivity from time to time.   Cant really say if this is a faulty router or not, but my old 2,4ghz Vividwireless modem/router located upstair didnt have any issues streaming content to these devices located downstairs.

 

My question is, what is a high performance router, around $400 or a bit more, that would be a good replacement for the Netcomm?  A workmate recommended an Asus RT5300, as this has 8 antennas so will address the range issue that i may have?

 

 

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have you tried asking aussie broadband for a better modem ? chances are yours is either kerplunk or there are better one they can provide ? I think expectation they supply something appropriate and works ? shouldn't have to be unto you buying something else to do what they should have supplied in first place ? 

 

I know wiht our situations we had months of issues and then turned out they had actually supplied us the wrong modem :D a new one magically turned up (newer model) and that fixed the issue we were having :) 

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2 minutes ago, betty boop said:

have you tried asking aussie broadband for a better modem ? chances are yours is either kerplunk or there are better one they can provide ? I think expectation they supply something appropriate and works ? shouldn't have to be unto you buying something else to do what they should have supplied in first place ? 

 

I know wiht our situations we had months of issues and then turned out they had actually supplied us the wrong modem :D a new one magically turned up (newer model) and that fixed the issue we were having :) 

I will give them a call tonight and lets see what they say.

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I use 1 of these centrally located downstairs in our double story. Can get wifi in the driveway and out into the backyard. I'm getting Aussie Broadband NBN set up on Saturday and got a discount for using my own existing modem, which is also an older netgear. We will see what speeds it is capable of soon enough, we have signed up for the 50mbs service.I have disabled the wifi on my modem to help make my Ethernet for computer audio as quiet as possible and run Ethernet to the wifi router.

 

My current ADSL is fine for everything under 4k streaming and the only drop outs I get are from technicians "fixing" the existing network. My neighbours across the road played tag for a week where every time we got our ADSL lines fixed theirs dropped out and vice versa. We didn't know till after the fact🤣

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1 hour ago, blybo said:

I use 1 of these centrally located downstairs in our double story. Can get wifi in the driveway and out into the backyard. I'm getting Aussie Broadband NBN set up on Saturday and got a discount for using my own existing modem, which is also an older netgear. We will see what speeds it is capable of soon enough, we have signed up for the 50mbs service.I have disabled the wifi on my modem to help make my Ethernet for computer audio as quiet as possible and run Ethernet to the wifi router.

 

My current ADSL is fine for everything under 4k streaming and the only drop outs I get are from technicians "fixing" the existing network. My neighbours across the road played tag for a week where every time we got our ADSL lines fixed theirs dropped out and vice versa. We didn't know till after the fact🤣

thanks Blybo.  Will look into that one.  Btw, Is it just me or do routers these days look like a spaceship or a spider? lol

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3 hours ago, betty boop said:

have you tried asking aussie broadband for a better modem ? chances are yours is either kerplunk or there are better one they can provide ? I think expectation they supply something appropriate and works ? shouldn't have to be unto you buying something else to do what they should have supplied in first place ? 

 

I know wiht our situations we had months of issues and then turned out they had actually supplied us the wrong modem :D a new one magically turned up (newer model) and that fixed the issue we were having :) 

@betty boop Called them up and they asked me to change my router settings, which i think sounds similar to what the ppl on Whirlpool did.  Seems to be working now, but from what i read earlier on Whirlpool, the issue is like a ticking timebomb, only explodes every now and then..  I'll give this a go, ABB said that i have the latest modem from Netcomm, and if the issue persist, they will send another one out.

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Posted (edited)

tsend the modem back and ask for a refund. 

 

Don't even purchase any mega dollar single unit until you consider a mesh wifi system such as the Orbi.  If you have multi levels and the devices drop out, its all about signal strength and how strong your neighbours wifi signals are!  A mesh system resolve this problem, and no cabling required.  Ive been operating a Orbi unit for at least 3 months and I can say ive had zero drop outs, the bosses ipad use to buffer and now she's never had the issue.  Like you,  nbn for me is FTTC so max speed is 100/40 and I get close to this with Aussie Broadband.  Many thanks to @Snoopy8 recommendations.  if you search the net, these mesh system are just insane.  its wifi done right!

 

https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/261002-wifi-router-for-dual-level/

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11 hours ago, Addicted to music said:

tsend the modem back and ask for a refund. 

Tried that and i had a long conversation to the support person and she said that it would be considered as a change of mind situ as its over the 14 day acceptance period.  She suggested that i do the config changes on the router first, test it out for a week or two.  If it still occurs, then she will send another one out as a replacement.  And if/and only if that re-occurs then i could put in a claim for a refund.  

 

To be honest, i got the router free through a 24 month plan as a new customer, and if it continues not to work, i'd rather consider a thirdparty modem.

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11 hours ago, Addicted to music said:

Don't even purchase any mega dollar single unit until you consider a mesh wifi system such as the Orbi.  If you have multi levels and the devices drop out, its all about signal strength and how strong your neighbours wifi signals are!  A mesh system resolve this problem, and no cabling required.  Ive been operating a Orbi unit for at least 3 months and I can say ive had zero drop outs, the bosses ipad use to buffer and now she's never had the issue.  Like you,  nbn for me is FTTC so max speed is 100/40 and I get close to this with Aussie Broadband.  Many thanks to @Snoopy8 recommendations.  if you search the net, these mesh system are just insane.  its wifi done right!

 

https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/261002-wifi-router-for-dual-level/

@Addicted to music - thanks for the heads up.  Lots of good info there.  I need to read up on the Orbi manual to see if it fits my needs - suspect that it will.

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@PorkBun69s

I think you should give the new changes a go on the netcomm.  If it plays up again, then look at other router options.  Personally, i dont think  another new router from Aussie BB will change the situation, as it seems to be an intermittent issue.

Food for thought - The Orbi or a mesh system will solve blackspots around the house but you would need to consider the software options on the Asus routers, which is the most comprehensive i've seen on a router to date, that may suit your requirement better.  Both of these would easily outrun the Netcomm, so either way, should you decide to upgrade, is a win - win situation.

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@shogo33

 

I had an NBN problem a little time back.  Telstra said that it was a router modem malfunction.  Efficient Telstra bless them sent me two more router modems.  The problem was not the router modem but an NBN fault.  I now have three perfectly good units.

Do you want one?

John

 

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44 minutes ago, Assisi said:

@shogo33

 

I had an NBN problem a little time back.  Telstra said that it was a router modem malfunction.  Efficient Telstra bless them sent me two more router modems.  The problem was not the router modem but an NBN fault.  I now have three perfectly good units.

Do you want one?

John

 

Thanks for the offer Assisi.  Will PM soon if it continues to keep playing up.

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1 hour ago, shogo33 said:

@PorkBun69s

I think you should give the new changes a go on the netcomm.  If it plays up again, then look at other router options.  Personally, i dont think  another new router from Aussie BB will change the situation, as it seems to be an intermittent issue.

Food for thought - The Orbi or a mesh system will solve blackspots around the house but you would need to consider the software options on the Asus routers, which is the most comprehensive i've seen on a router to date, that may suit your requirement better.  Both of these would easily outrun the Netcomm, so either way, should you decide to upgrade, is a win - win situation.

Been talking throughout the day here at work with some tech guru's.  They'd seem to think its the router and that a firmware fix by Netcomm is needed.  But looking back at the Whirlpool thread, they seem to think its not an issue but a configuration/setting problem.  

 

I'll wait and monitor the issue if it arks up again, will see what my options are from there.

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5 hours ago, Porkbuns69 said:

Been talking throughout the day here at work with some tech guru's.  They'd seem to think its the router and that a firmware fix by Netcomm is needed.  But looking back at the Whirlpool thread, they seem to think its not an issue but a configuration/setting problem.  

 

I'll wait and monitor the issue if it arks up again, will see what my options are from there.

You (almost) always should run the newest firmware offered.  If there is one available, upgrade.

 

Although without more specific info - I would categorically disbelieve the "it needs a firmware upgrade" line.    Did they say why?

 

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But looking back at the Whirlpool thread, they seem to think its not an issue but a configuration/setting problem.  

Can you link to the post(s)?.... and we can let you know if the suggestions have merit.

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