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Spotted these in my local Tesco last night, seemed a great price. Used to be £59.99

Model number: HG200
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#1
amazing - voted hot
#2
Thanks wozwebs :)
#3
Good deal..Voted hot!
#4
whoa - thats an amazing price
#5
Just what I'm looking for! If anyone gets a spair let me know and I'll buy it off you.
#6
Wozwebs - was it a big tesco you found this in? I dont know if my local one would stock it - they have some electricals but not mucn
#7
Me too....
#8
fantastic price. Shame I have cable braodband. Voted Hot + Rep
#9
that's an amazing price. Voted hot and rep given . Will pop out at lunchtime to get one.
#10
I don't think my local Tesco has these (Dinnington). Anyone know of anywhere nearby which might?
#11
I would have thought only the large tesco megastores would stock these? If anyone finds one at a smaller tesco let us know

PS are these routers any good?
#12
cheekydollar
.... PS are these routers any good?


I can vouch for LinkSys ;-)
#13
great price but I would assume the technology is getting old there hence the price. Having studied information security, I would think twice before buying such an item just because of the price. If the security on the device is not up to date then you could lose out much more than you will save !
#14
Is there any way we can buy it online through Tesco Home Shopping..

Even after adding delivery cost, it would be worth...
#15
wow that is a good price! i paid 30 and was impressed with that on my linksys wag54gs the other week! Great router I got btw, so don't see why these are any less good, voted hot + rep
#16
can anyone confirm if this gateway comes with an antenna or not? I have linksys router, basically the same as this, but with no antenna and I find the signal strength pretty weak within my house
#17
[SIZE=2]Wow that is cheap. The outlaws need one of these. I think I'll pop in this lunch time.[/SIZE]
#18
Cyrus
great price but I would assume the technology is getting old there hence the price. Having studied information security, I would think twice before buying such an item just because of the price. If the security on the device is not up to date then you could lose out much more than you will save !


If its the gateway I'm thinking of, it comes with WPA2 encryption, which is the most up to date at the moment, but even if it is only WPA, this is still extremely hard to hack into
#19
Thanks guys. There is no antenna on it. Comes with power cable and network cable. It was in a large Tesco that sells TV's etc. If your store doesn't do electrical bits then I doubt they would stock them. Seemed like a clearance batch as they perhaps hadn't sold that many.

Bought one to use as a wireless access point really with my main router downstairs but not sure how to do that. Will do as a spare router anyway if not. Tested it and works fine.

USB 2.0 cables for £2.47 were good too, beats PC Worlds joke price of £19.99!
#20
I've had quite a few Linksys WAG354G routers. These Tesco ones look like 1 port versions of that model (I'm just going on the LEDs, can't see anywhere which says number of ports). They're a nice, cheap, fast devices but I've moved over to SpeedTouch for a few reasons.

- With ADSL2+ I was able to establish a faster link
- uPNP (the technology which automatically sorts out which ports to open) was terrible on the Linksys
- It doesn't have the option of assigning local IP address to a certain device permanently which the SpeedTouch does. I find this very useful but probably few others will.
- Wireless speeds weren't particularly great but then this is hit and miss and the SpeedTouch is only marginally faster

In terms of security, any router is better than directly placing your computer on the internet with a USB/internal modem thanks to the Network Address Translation (NAT) which allows one IP/connection to be shared between several local users. But also the Linksys has a firewall built in. Don't expect it to be as flexible as ones on premium models but it should be up to the job of a typical home user.
#21
I think as long as it has WPA (not WEP) it will be fine. Just check first. WPA2 is best plus PSK but cant seem to find any specs on this. Its the wireless bit that needs to be secure. Edit - Jim answered the question! Nice one, WPA2 will be fine :)
#22
Regarding wireless encryption, when I first bought my WAG354G it was advertised as having WPA encryption but actually that was yet to be implemented. I complained to support and they sent me a beta firmware which worked fine. I imagine by now all of their devices support WPA2 but just bare in mind these cheap Linksys devices are made to a price and they really could do with investing more in the software side of things.
#23
These have one ethernet port on the back and one for the phone line.

I can confirm it is ADSL2+ enabled too. Has automatic assigning of Ip addresses too as far as I could make out

Had WPA and WEP too if I recall correctly.
#24
anything will beat the black cables running up my stairs at the moment... strong signal or not

I have a linksys 4 port wired router, which is quite old, so would expect this to be better. Dont think my tesco will 'ave 'em tho
#25
Can I buy it through home-shopping???
#26
you_never_know
Can I buy it through home-shopping???


Instore only i'm afraid. Only at larger stores too. Clearance item
#27
willdashwood
I don't think my local Tesco has these (Dinnington). Anyone know of anywhere nearby which might?


If thats Dinnington, Sheffield there is a big Tesco Extra at Wath upon Dearne - try there

Great deal woswebs
#28
How to find stock near Norwich....
#29
Thanks barneydog, probably not worth it for me as I seem to keep picking up 2nd hand SpeedTouch routers off eBay for £20ish which do me fine.
#30
scuse my ignorance - what's the difference between this and a wireless router? I've currently got my desktop connected to Talk Talk BBand, but I've got a wireless ready laptop as well. Can I get em both on BBand with this little fella?

cheers
'phobe Rob :)
#31
This particular router is notorious for being completely useless.

Go to Google and search for Linksys HG200

You will see countless forums and help sites where people have bought this from Tesco before and had numerous problems getting it connected and getting it setup.

Very cheap, but you get what you pay for. I'm an IT engineer and I wouldn't recommend this router to anyone no matter how cheap.
#32
This would replace your existing modem (the little grey box that connects via USB probably) so you can connect one computer via a network cable and usually up to 256 computers wirelessly.
#33
Thanks for the model number Jayanator. If that's the case then I've also heard terrible things about it. Save yourself the hassle and get something better, though this would make a fine backup device given the price.
#34
Wow..What a bargain

Now thats why I call a Classic Cybershot moment! :thumbsup:
#35
wordsworth
fantastic price. Shame I have cable braodband. Voted Hot + Rep


LOL....

mate, trust me: YOU don't wat to have ADSL.

Cheers
Chris
#36
#37
yes mate. it should work without any issues

robertoegg
scuse my ignorance - what's the difference between this and a wireless router? I've currently got my desktop connected to Talk Talk BBand, but I've got a wireless ready laptop as well. Can I get em both on BBand with this little fella?

cheers
'phobe Rob :)
#38
Just had a look through the manual, and it does "bridged mode" which basically means that you can use it to extend wireless coverage in your home - or where ever... :) Very handy even if you just want to extend your existing network.
#39
thanks OP.

btw, pic from your phone is amazingly good.
#40
robertoegg
scuse my ignorance - what's the difference between this and a wireless router? I've currently got my desktop connected to Talk Talk BBand, but I've got a wireless ready laptop as well. Can I get em both on BBand with this little fella?

cheers
'phobe Rob :)


The setup you are asking about would be very simple. Although I would not recommend a router as troublesome as this one and as unreliable both setup and security wise as this.

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