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iglimpse Avatar
6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
Have a desktop (for the kids) and I have a laptop. Recently getting intermittent dropped internet connections on the laptop, maybe 2-3 times an hour, just for a few minutes. Also have a few students in the house with laptops and they tell me they use an outside connection, someone elses unsecured, so I am not happy!!

Have tried all normal remedies, everything off, resetting etc. I am with Virgin media cable broadband (L). From troubleshooting stuff I went through today, it seems the router I have had for a few years (Linkskys) is faulty and I need a new router.

Virgin offered me a G router for £40 or a N router for £50. I really am in the dark and don't know where to begin getting one. (Needless to say, someone else will installing and sorting all that out).

But just to save time (and money), who has the best offers.

Also a bit irritated that something that just sits there, can break like this........is this common with routers????
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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#1
Just buy a wireless cable router on eBay, they're cheap enough. I remember a couple of years ago when I lived in a cable area, I managed to pick up a brand new Netgear RangeMax router for about a fiver, which is a very good router, and gave me no trouble.

Don't get a router off NTL/VM, find your own, it'll work out much cheaper. Setting it up yourself isn't hard either.
#2
I have an ex-Virgin router for sale on here

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/553296/for-sale-netgear-wireless-router-no

Simply a case of plugging it into your Modem...and then into your PC/Laptop.
#3
nickw90;7784911
Just buy a wireless cable router on eBay, they're cheap enough. I remember a couple of years ago when I lived in a cable area, I managed to pick up a brand new Netgear RangeMax router for about a fiver, which is a very good router, and gave me no trouble. Don't get a router off NTL/VM, find your own, it'll work out much cheaper. Setting it up yourself isn't hard either.


Am sure it is not hard but toooo much hassle and time I don't have. :)

Have jsut seen mobile broadband, looks like you plug an extra bit in, what is that all about......is that a better option???
#4
Cant say I know a lot about this, but I have just ordered -

http://www.bigoffers.co.uk/product.php?cat=6&sub=128&cat_title=Hardware&product=BELKIN-01529&prod_title=Belkin+54Mbps+Wireless+G+Router+F5D7230+

as a back up because our router seems to be going off quite a bit at the moment (funnily enough, we are also with virgin media large). The one we have at the moment is better than that - also belkin - but that would do until we could get another one.

That is a G router and only £12.99, so dont buy from virgin! Not saying this is the cheapest, just showing you that its definitely not worth getting it from virgin.

If you do decide to get this one, there is a £5 off £20 voucher for big offers somewhere
#5
plus net isn't bad at £5.99 per month at 10gb
click here !!
#6
just log into router and change wireless chan

use 1,6 or 11
#7
Thanks guys. Not keen on getting anything second hand, especially after this one has just simply died after only a few years.

"plus net isn't bad at £5.99 per month at 10gb
click here !!"
genuinemonkey, I have no idea what that is, why would I need to pay a monthly fee??

I AM NOT MUCH TECHIE
#8
akme;7785049
just log into router and change wireless chan
se 1,6 or 11


always easy when you know how, would take me a very long time to get to these places believe me. daughter has new bfriend who would be happy to spend time sorting this for a small feee.
#9
iglimpse
always easy when you know how, would take me a very long time to get to these places believe me. daughter has new bfriend who would be happy to spend time sorting this for a small feee.


The logging into the router page and changing the wireless channels is a very quick step...so if your daughters bfriend knows what he's doing, he shouldnt be charging you for this...only takes 2 mins. :thumbsup:
#10
As you've been with them for a few years I'd play them a bit and see if you can get a new one for free. Something like "if I can't use your broadband anymore I might as well cancel" :-D.

BT certainly cave in easily if this happens and you have been with them for a bit and Sky gave me a new sat box 2 years ago when my original died (which makes a bit of a mockery of there insurance! :x

Gotta be worth a try

dave
#11
Wirral_guy;7786382
As you've been with them for a few years I'd play them a bit and see if you can get a new one for free. Something like "if I can't use your broadband anymore I might as well cancel" :-D. BT certainly cave in easily if this happens and you have been with them for a bit and Sky gave me a new sat box 2 years ago when my original died (which makes a bit of a mockery of there insurance! :x Gotta be worth a try dave


Now that sound interesting, had not thought of that!!
#12
davidn84;7785157
The logging into the router page and changing the wireless channels is a very quick step...so if your daughters bfriend knows what he's doing, he shouldnt be charging you for this...only takes 2 mins. :thumbsup:


He's not charging. I am offering to pay him to sort that and a few other things out. Give me something simple to do on a compouter and I can make it very complicated indeed :p
#13
genuinemonkey;7785023
plus net isn't bad at £5.99 per month at 10gb
click here !!


Still don't understand this, why would you pay anything monthly for a router?
#14
iglimpse
Still don't understand this, why would you pay anything monthly for a router?


It was an internet package...not just router. So you'd pay monthly for an actual broadband service.

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