ASUS RT-AC3200 Tri-Band Wireless Broadband Router - £144.99 @ Amazon
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ASUS RT-AC3200 Tri-Band Wireless Broadband Router - £144.99 @ Amazon

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love my asus router, best UPnP support I've had. With multiple consoles and users in the house all my previous routers gave me nat issues. I had a netgear 1700 or something like that and it sucked. And the bt one was terrible obviously. My asus is a different model, doesn't have the wireless range this one does but hopefully the upnp is just as good in these.

Had one for years now.

Solid as a rock for me.

Be warned - the latest ASUS firmware blocks installing unofficial firmware (such as Merlin) and isn't up to much itself.

CaptainSocks

Had one for years now. Solid as a rock for me. Be warned - the latest … Had one for years now. Solid as a rock for me. Be warned - the latest ASUS firmware blocks installing unofficial firmware (such as Merlin) and isn't up to much itself.



Can you recommend a router/modem that doesn't drop connections like my virgin super hub and has equal or better specs

CaptainSocks

Had one for years now. Solid as a rock for me. Be warned - the latest … Had one for years now. Solid as a rock for me. Be warned - the latest ASUS firmware blocks installing unofficial firmware (such as Merlin) and isn't up to much itself.



If the latest does this what is the last version without the blocking?

PointDex

Can you recommend a router/modem that doesn't drop connections like my … Can you recommend a router/modem that doesn't drop connections like my virgin super hub and has equal or better specs



You still have to use the Virgin 'Hub' - just have to put it into modem only mode (this does what it says on the tin, and is the first thing i did with mine)

benjam1n

love my asus router, best UPnP support I've had. With multiple consoles … love my asus router, best UPnP support I've had. With multiple consoles and users in the house all my previous routers gave me nat issues. I had a netgear 1700 or something like that and it sucked. And the bt one was terrible obviously. My asus is a different model, doesn't have the wireless range this one does but hopefully the upnp is just as good in these.



You sure on the blocking ? am not seeing anything on Merlins site to say this is the case.

PointDex

Can you recommend a router/modem that doesn't drop connections like my … Can you recommend a router/modem that doesn't drop connections like my virgin super hub and has equal or better specs

I would go with the RT-AC68U right now while it's still £100; don't know if that's too much for you.

Original Poster

Is it the actual Virgin internet connection dropping or just the wireless?

If the former, a new wireless router won't help until you sort out the line connection issue with Virgin Media.

If the latter there are cheaper alternatives for a fraction of the cost: TP-LINK TL-WR940N 450 Mbps Wireless N Cable Router

This Asus Wireless Router is probably overkill for the vast majority, for power users or those with heavy wireless traffic, large buildings, buildings with thick walls, lots of wireless devices/users, lots of nearby 2.4GHz/5GHz wireless interference etc...

Will I notice any difference to the TalkTalk Huawei HG633 modem I've currently got?

Original Poster

Macdory

Will I notice any difference to the TalkTalk Huawei HG633 modem I've … Will I notice any difference to the TalkTalk Huawei HG633 modem I've currently got?


This is a powerful wireless router only, no integrated modem.

You are better off trying this first: TP-LINK Archer VR600 AC1600 Mbps Wireless Dual Band VDSL/ADSL2 Gigabit Modem Router
Edited by: "ShroomHeadToad" 26th Nov 2016

ShroomHeadToad

Is it the actual Virgin internet connection dropping or just the … Is it the actual Virgin internet connection dropping or just the wireless?If the former, a new wireless router won't help until you sort out the line connection issue with Virgin Media.If the latter there are cheaper alternatives for a fraction of the cost: TP-LINK TL-WR940N 450 Mbps Wireless N Cable RouterThis Asus Wireless Router is probably overkill for the vast majority, for power users or those with heavy wireless traffic, large buildings, buildings with thick walls, lots of wireless devices/users, lots of nearby 2.4GHz/5GHz wireless interference etc...



Wifi only and sometimes doesn't let me connect at all until I reset

Would this help with my music 'tearing' issues with my Naim speaker system? It appears to do it more often when my lodger is here, so therefore using the wifi as well. That leads me to think an upgrade of router would be a good plan.

Any ideas?

Original Poster

You tried manually setting a static non overlapping 2.4GHz wireless channel (1, 6, or 11) on the virgin hub?
If none of the 3 channels works, time for a separate wireless router.

I paid £183 back in September oO

PointDex

Can you recommend a router/modem that doesn't drop connections like my … Can you recommend a router/modem that doesn't drop connections like my virgin super hub and has equal or better specs



​Virgin gave me HITRON router and it's giving me 50 mb (over the wifi) download speed upstairs in my bedroom.

Great router. about £100 less than i what I paid for it in 2015.
Can get over 800mbits over 802.11ac and 5GHz.
Fantastic range/signal strength and if you have two they play nice with each other and handover really well.
I'm often on VOIP calls with my laptop over wifi and I've swapped access points without any drops.
Considering a 3rd one for my garage (it's my home office) at this price.

CaptainSocks

Had one for years now. Solid as a rock for me. Be warned - the latest … Had one for years now. Solid as a rock for me. Be warned - the latest ASUS firmware blocks installing unofficial firmware (such as Merlin) and isn't up to much itself.


Well that's nonsense
Latest firmwares have reduced power on the WiFi due to conforming with US laws. They don't block 3rd party firmware

Glacc

I would go with the RT-AC68U right now while it's still £100; don't know if … I would go with the RT-AC68U right now while it's still £100; don't know if that's too much for you.


Is the DSL version not better as it includes the modem?
I don't get why these routers are so big and ugly these days, while still being as hollow as ever... it's bad enough they are so big and ugly without having to have the modem separate from the router (_;)

minted83

Well that's nonsenseLatest firmwares have reduced power on the WiFi due … Well that's nonsenseLatest firmwares have reduced power on the WiFi due to conforming with US laws. They don't block 3rd party firmware


You're right.

Just had a Google.

A change of verification method temporarily blocked them for many months on new routers.

Looks like the latest ASUS official firmware fixed this.

is this router better that the one posted ?

amazon.co.uk/dp/…5_t

and are both better than a airport extreme using it as a time machine
so which one would be better if i was to buy.

i have plusnet fiber

cheers
Edited by: "d3lboy" 26th Nov 2016

It's very expensive but for those on adsl/vdsl the Fritzbox 7490 is absolutely amazing. WiFi strength is excellent b/g/n & ac with no unsightly aerials sticking out of it.

True one box solution with both adsl & vdsl modems in

Also plugs into phone line side & handles all landline calls as it has a built in DECT base station too so replaces that box & psu too plus does call routing & blocking, multiple mailboxes, virtual extensions etc

Does remote control, voip, NAS via USB3 ports

Also comes with ios & android apps for remote access, answer landline calls via your mobile, access everything remotely via the apps.

Absolutely astounding piece of kit its not once lost sync in nearly 2 years I've had it sitting on a 55mbps BT fttc connection.

Costs a lot even Compared to things like this but it's paid itself back so many times over

amazon.co.uk/gp/…FC/
Edited by: "Rich44" 26th Nov 2016

Rich44

It's very expensive but for those on adsl/vdsl the Fritzbox 7490 is … It's very expensive but for those on adsl/vdsl the Fritzbox 7490 is absolutely amazing. WiFi strength is excellent b/g/n & ac with no unsightly aerials sticking out of it. True one box solution with both adsl & vdsl modems inAlso plugs into phone line side & handles all landline calls as it has a built in DECT base station too so replaces that box & psu too plus does call routing & blocking, multiple mailboxes, virtual extensions etcDoes remote control, voip, NAS via USB3 portsAlso comes with ios & android apps for remote access, answer landline calls via your mobile, access everything remotely via the apps. Absolutely astounding piece of kit its not once lost sync in nearly 2 years I've had it sitting on a 55mbps BT fttc connection. Costs a lot even Compared to things like this but it's paid itself back so many times overhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00H3IC3FC/


Can it run Tomato? It looks like one X)

Damn wish I had bought this instead of the Netgear r7800 nighthawk from a previous deal as it was a similar price and think asus makes better routers

JoeSpur

Is the DSL version not better as it includes the modem?I don't get why … Is the DSL version not better as it includes the modem?I don't get why these routers are so big and ugly these days, while still being as hollow as ever... it's bad enough they are so big and ugly without having to have the modem separate from the router (_;)

On Virgin Media you have to use the Super Hub as the modem, there's simply no other option. That aside, the DSL-AC68U gets poor reviews for the modem aspect of it, and as the name denotes, I'm fairly sure it would only work if you have DSL.

Glacc

On Virgin Media you have to use the Super Hub as the modem, there's … On Virgin Media you have to use the Super Hub as the modem, there's simply no other option. That aside, the DSL-AC68U gets poor reviews for the modem aspect of it, and as the name denotes, I'm fairly sure it would only work if you have DSL.


I am with BT so DSL is what I need. What's wrong with the modem part? I watched a few YouTube and website reviews that said it's great, but I'm seeing a few user comments saying the opposite...

would this work with my sky broadband?

JoeSpur

Can it run Tomato? It looks like one X)



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