TP-LINK TD-W8980 N600 Dual Band Modem Router @ Argos £29.99
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TP-LINK TD-W8980 N600 Dual Band Modem Router @ Argos £29.99

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Found 13th Mar 2015
Needed a new router quickly and a scan of Argos showed this for half price. Hopefully someone will benefit from this, hopefully someone will tell me it was a good choice!! I think this replaces the 2 boxes I have with TalkTalk Fibre Broadband..........

Product description / spec

Connect to the Internet with this N600 Wireless Modem Router, TD-W8980. Ideal for HD streaming it gives great quality when watching movies on your computer due to the total available bandwidth. With an impressive built-in media server it allows users to share music, videos and photos with Windows Media Player, PS3 or Xbox.

All-in-One Device: ADSL2+ Modem, NAT Router, 4-Gigabit-Port Switch and Wireless N Access Point. Simultaneous 2.4GHz 300Mbps and 5GHz 300Mbps connections for 600Mbps of total available bandwidth.
Wireless standards a/b/g/n.
Phone line connection.
4 Gigabit 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports and 2 USB ports.
Transfer speed up to N600Mbps.
Weight 1.4kg.
Size L24.3, W16.1, D3.25cm.
Manufacturer's 3 year guarantee.
EAN: 6935364060893.

91 Comments

Two boxes for fibre broadband.. That's old school

Original Poster

u01atc8

Two boxes for fibre broadband.. That's old school



My Billionpac 7800N WiFi went funny so I have purchased this to replace it as I read it was a Modem Router, so I presume it will replace the 2 boxes I have for Fibre. I say presume as I have just read that the 7800N was also a Modem Router!! Did I even need the Modem box???

Towner

I think this replaces the 2 boxes I have with TalkTalk Fibre … I think this replaces the 2 boxes I have with TalkTalk Fibre Broadband..........



It's not a fibre modem, it's an ADSL modem! You'll still need the fibre modem you already have.

It's a cheap replacement for your old router though.
Edited by: "b1g1an" 13th Mar 2015

Good price, await comments from technical Hukd's resident guru for lowdown of spec.

Got this from amazon 2 weeks ago for £33 ish, works really well, like the storage sharing ports on the back, would recommend.

Do not bother with Argos they post deals and do not honor the price!! SEAGATE 500GB WIRELESS HARD-DRIVE £22.99...... I RESERVED ONLY TO BE TOLD WHEN I WENT TO PICK IT UP, SORRY PAL THAT IS GOING TO COST YOU £109 QUID. IT WAS A PRICE ERROR AND WE DID NOT ENTER A CONTRACT SO SORRY!! WELL THAT IS OK BUT IT IS THE LAST THING I WILL ORDER FROM YOU............

b1g1an

It's not a fibre modem, it's an ADSL modem! You'll still need the fibre … It's not a fibre modem, it's an ADSL modem! You'll still need the fibre modem you already have.



It is only supposed to be adsl2 but this router has the exact same hardware as the updated w9980 model which includes a vdsl2/adsl2+ modem, you can crossflash it to get vdsl2 support if you feel up to it
forum.openwrt.org/vie…127

pablon9612

Do not bother with Argos they post deals and do not honor the price!! … Do not bother with Argos they post deals and do not honor the price!! SEAGATE 500GB WIRELESS HARD-DRIVE £22.99...... I RESERVED ONLY TO BE TOLD WHEN I WENT TO PICK IT UP, SORRY PAL THAT IS GOING TO COST YOU £109 QUID. IT WAS A PRICE ERROR AND WE DID NOT ENTER A CONTRACT SO SORRY!! WELL THAT IS OK BUT IT IS THE LAST THING I WILL ORDER FROM YOU............


THAT IS UNLUCKY! I got one for £22.99 no questions asked and I find argos reservations ok so far, luck I guess.
Edited by: "androo" 13th Mar 2015

Original Poster

b1g1an

It's not a fibre modem, it's an ADSL modem! You'll still need the fibre … It's not a fibre modem, it's an ADSL modem! You'll still need the fibre modem you already have.It's a cheap replacement for your old router though.



Damn... Which router would you recommend that replaces both boxes. Have not yet opened the 8980. Thank you.

pablon9612

Do not bother with Argos they post deals and do not honor the price!! … Do not bother with Argos they post deals and do not honor the price!! SEAGATE 500GB WIRELESS HARD-DRIVE £22.99...... I RESERVED ONLY TO BE TOLD WHEN I WENT TO PICK IT UP, SORRY PAL THAT IS GOING TO COST YOU £109 QUID. IT WAS A PRICE ERROR AND WE DID NOT ENTER A CONTRACT SO SORRY!! WELL THAT IS OK BUT IT IS THE LAST THING I WILL ORDER FROM YOU............


Yup, retailers can do that, poop happens I'm afraid.

Towner

Damn... Which router would you recommend that replaces both boxes. Have … Damn... Which router would you recommend that replaces both boxes. Have not yet opened the 8980. Thank you.


There's a TP link W9980 adsl/vdsl modem that does what you need but it's nearer £70 or a Billion 8800N for around the same price

However this TP Link has an EWAN socket so it can be used with the seperate fibre modem if you want a cheap option

Edited by: "spannerzone" 13th Mar 2015

pablon9612

Do not bother with Argos they post deals and do not honor the price!! … Do not bother with Argos they post deals and do not honor the price!! SEAGATE 500GB WIRELESS HARD-DRIVE £22.99...... I RESERVED ONLY TO BE TOLD WHEN I WENT TO PICK IT UP, SORRY PAL THAT IS GOING TO COST YOU £109 QUID. IT WAS A PRICE ERROR AND WE DID NOT ENTER A CONTRACT SO SORRY!! WELL THAT IS OK BUT IT IS THE LAST THING I WILL ORDER FROM YOU............




Yip, I got one for £22.99... Its realy, really good...

An absolute bargain.

They honoured that.

Original Poster

spannerzone

There's a TP link W9980 adsl/vdsl modem that does what you need but it's … There's a TP link W9980 adsl/vdsl modem that does what you need but it's nearer £70 or a Billion 8800N for around the same priceHowever this TP Link has an EWAN socket so it can be used with the seperate fibre modem if you want a cheap option



Thank you. Not even sure it was the 7800N that had the problem, think it may be the BT modem. Can't you test these? Might just go for the W9980.....

Firstly Towner, does the 7800n work ok with wired connections and only troublesome with wifi? - if only the wifi is problematic then the BT modem must be ok and also the Billion 7800n is known to suffer from wifi issues which might be fixable.

There's 'brown glue' used inside the 7800n to hold the wireless card in place, this glue goes bad and conductive after a few years.... removing it and refiting the wireless card might get wifi working again. : forums.whirlpool.net.au/arc…780
Edited by: "spannerzone" 13th Mar 2015

Two people on this thread are quoting £22.99 where did that come from?

Original Poster

spannerzone

Firstly Towner, does the 7800n work ok with wired connections and only … Firstly Towner, does the 7800n work ok with wired connections and only troublesome with wifi? - if only the wifi is problematic then the BT modem must be ok and also the Billion 7800n is known to suffer from wifi issues which might be fixable.There's 'brown glue' used inside the 7800n to hold the wireless card in place, this glue goes bad and conductive after a few years.... removing it and refiting the wireless card might get wifi working again. : http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1964780



Thank's Spannerzone. Not really sure what is going on to be honest. Tried my Talktalk router and the 7800N again and neither would connect through the wired connection. Reset the BT modem and its now working again through wired and Wifi on the Talktalk, but only wired on the 7800N. May just get brave and do what Upperdecker1 suggests to the W8980!!

Original Poster

rav4cas

Two people on this thread are quoting £22.99 where did that come from?



A wireless hard drive I think!!

pablon9612

Do not bother with Argos they post deals and do not honor the price!! … Do not bother with Argos they post deals and do not honor the price!! SEAGATE 500GB WIRELESS HARD-DRIVE £22.99...... I RESERVED ONLY TO BE TOLD WHEN I WENT TO PICK IT UP, SORRY PAL THAT IS GOING TO COST YOU £109 QUID. IT WAS A PRICE ERROR AND WE DID NOT ENTER A CONTRACT SO SORRY!! WELL THAT IS OK BUT IT IS THE LAST THING I WILL ORDER FROM YOU............


I have been to a few miss price items, and have had them accepted. It's all about being clever with your words, like mentioning it is 'misleading', 'i have loss out financially, travel etc'. Of course you can not do this over the internet, so this where in store is the best place for this. As they don't want you kicking off, infront of other customers, whilst you raise your voice
Once they have taken your money from a online transaction, this is where they have form a contract with you.

upperdecker1

It is only supposed to be adsl2 but this router has the exact same … It is only supposed to be adsl2 but this router has the exact same hardware as the updated w9980 model which includes a vdsl2/adsl2+ modem, you can crossflash it to get vdsl2 support if you feel up to ithttps://forum.openwrt.org/viewtopic.php?id=52127



Seems a bit complicated? Does it require opening the router physically as well or can you just flash the firmware directly?

Original Poster

ssjinzo

Seems a bit complicated? Does it require opening the router physically as … Seems a bit complicated? Does it require opening the router physically as well or can you just flash the firmware directly?



2nd that!!! Just read through, may return this one and go the easier route by actually buying the 9980.

ssjinzo

Seems a bit complicated? Does it require opening the router physically as … Seems a bit complicated? Does it require opening the router physically as well or can you just flash the firmware directly?



Yes you need to open the router and connect a usb to ttl cable to the board, not something everyone will be comfortable doing.
Full tutorial on this page if you scroll down a bit
translate.google.com/tra…url

Edited by: "upperdecker1" 13th Mar 2015

wiki.openwrt.org/toh…980

It is Open-wrt hackable for those who want built in vpn and ad blocking.

Original Poster

Now i know this wont replace my 2 current boxes, could somebody please point me in the right direction for an all in one solution that is an AC type and i will return this.

Towner

Now i know this wont replace my 2 current boxes, could somebody please … Now i know this wont replace my 2 current boxes, could somebody please point me in the right direction for an all in one solution that is an AC type and i will return this.



Now I don't know about talk talk but I know that you cannot replace your superhub only put it into modem mode. The mac address and hardware ID are bound to your account and address. You sadly always need that modem part of the hardware. Might be different with talk talk.

Original Poster

mogsog

Now I don't know about talk talk but I know that you cannot replace your … Now I don't know about talk talk but I know that you cannot replace your superhub only put it into modem mode. The mac address and hardware ID are bound to your account and address. You sadly always need that modem part of the hardware. Might be different with talk talk.



Thanks Mogsog. Just did a quick look on Amazon someone is using a Billionpac as the sole unit, the same model that was mentioned earlier. They had to change a few settings though.

This is the most confused hotukdeal thead that I have read.

Towner

Needed a new router quickly and a scan of Argos showed this for … Needed a new router quickly and a scan of Argos showed this for half price. Hopefully someone will benefit from this, hopefully someone will tell me it was a good choice!! I think this replaces the 2 boxes I have with TalkTalk Fibre Broadband..........Product description / specConnect to the Internet with this N600 Wireless Modem Router, TD-W8980. Ideal for HD streaming it gives great quality when watching movies on your computer due to the total available bandwidth. With an impressive built-in media server it allows users to share music, videos and photos with Windows Media Player, PS3 or Xbox. All-in-One Device: ADSL2+ Modem, NAT Router, 4-Gigabit-Port Switch and Wireless N Access Point. Simultaneous 2.4GHz 300Mbps and 5GHz 300Mbps connections for 600Mbps of total available bandwidth. Wireless standards a/b/g/n. Phone line connection. 4 Gigabit 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports and 2 USB ports. Transfer speed up to N600Mbps. Weight 1.4kg. Size L24.3, W16.1, D3.25cm. Manufacturer's 3 year guarantee. EAN: 6935364060893.



I have the W9980 which is the proper VDSL version - you can't use this on it's own as I've sure others have stated. I do however still use the Openreach box with mine - I can get a bit more speed out of the line that way compared to using the router's internal modem. My fibre connection is poor (10/1) so ever little bit of speed is a bonus. Good router for the money though.

Is this significantly better than the Sky Broadband Hub? If so, what improvements will I notice? Thanks.

TT will give you a super router (hg635) which has the modem built in. Just tell them you are having issues with your BTOR modem or existing router.

ck12111

Is this significantly better than the Sky Broadband Hub? If so, what … Is this significantly better than the Sky Broadband Hub? If so, what improvements will I notice? Thanks.



I cant think or a router worse than a sky hub, you will get better range and better speed

ck12111

Is this significantly better than the Sky Broadband Hub? If so, what … Is this significantly better than the Sky Broadband Hub? If so, what improvements will I notice? Thanks.


Note that under Sky's terms you must use the modem router they supplied and they use some MER authentication that means only certain routers can emulate. So don't assume any old VDSL fibre modem router will work for Sky, check before buying.

Towner

Will this do … Will this do it!!http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Search/searchTerm/belkin+ac1200.htm


No, that's ADSL only...there are very few VDSL (fibre) modems available at the moment, the TP Link, the Billion and a couple of others but confusingly many modem routers state they're fibre ready meaning that they can accept the connection from a seperate fibre modem.

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u01atc8

Two boxes for fibre broadband.. That's old school

it's not old it's pretty standard

get this and stick couple of hdds tou should be able to use it as nas?

pablon9612

Do not bother with Argos they post deals and do not honor the price!! … Do not bother with Argos they post deals and do not honor the price!! SEAGATE 500GB WIRELESS HARD-DRIVE £22.99...... I RESERVED ONLY TO BE TOLD WHEN I WENT TO PICK IT UP, SORRY PAL THAT IS GOING TO COST YOU £109 QUID. IT WAS A PRICE ERROR AND WE DID NOT ENTER A CONTRACT SO SORRY!! WELL THAT IS OK BUT IT IS THE LAST THING I WILL ORDER FROM YOU............



Nothing new there, theyve always done things that way, and thats exactly what the T&C's state.
You just need to get your ass down there to pick up the goods quicker! I got one at this price, no issues whatsoever. Just get down there asap (oh and use the Self Service pay machines!) always when you do.
Edited by: "anthony69" 14th Mar 2015

i need a new broadband modem from sky mine is 7 years old and i have heard about how bad the sky hub is i was wondering if anybody knows of a better one that will work with sky

FYI if anyone needs it. I bought the 9980 version of this (VDSL) for talktalk fibre and it works lovely. Excellent router and replaces both boxes (with vlan tagging). Downside is it's not WiFi AC but I don't need that. It is however 5GHz wifi and only £65.

Original Poster

zefal

FYI if anyone needs it. I bought the 9980 version of this (VDSL) for … FYI if anyone needs it. I bought the 9980 version of this (VDSL) for talktalk fibre and it works lovely. Excellent router and replaces both boxes (with vlan tagging). Downside is it's not WiFi AC but I don't need that. It is however 5GHz wifi and only £65.



Thanks Zefal, just spoke to TalkTalk as suggested by Ed Winchester and they have done a line test and found an intermittent fault. This may be why we I had problems with the Billionpac in the 1st place...... Engineer is here between 7am - 9am Monday morning (good service!) so see what he says, hopefully he will give me the HG635 and all will be well, if not I will get the 9980. Did you have to change any settings as I believe someone else used a Billionpac and had to make alterations??

Original Poster

spannerzone

No, that's ADSL only...there are very few VDSL (fibre) modems available … No, that's ADSL only...there are very few VDSL (fibre) modems available at the moment, the TP Link, the Billion and a couple of others but confusingly many modem routers state they're fibre ready meaning that they can accept the connection from a seperate fibre modem.



Thanks Spannerzone for your useful posts. More haste less speed on my part I think!!
Edited by: "Towner" 14th Mar 2015
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