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    O2 Wireless Box rubbish? Turn it into a bridge/modem only!

    I thought I'd share this with people because I've been having problem with O2 wireless broadband.

    I got O2 broadband because it worked out very cheap, but their wireless box is rubbish, can't get a decent signal in attic, but my 4 year old CABLE Linksys router (flashed with DD-wrt) works brilliantly and never lets me down. But since its not ADSL I can't use it, so I got a Netgear DG834G to replace it, the netgear is OK, but it doesn't synch to well and has limited configuration options.

    So I was sick of this peice of junk and decided to turn the O2 box into a modem only, following these instructions here:

    nothingbutreboots.com/200…-ii

    And plugging my Linksys router into it!

    I also changed the DNS address, because O2's are just so laggy, now my internet works perfect and it's quite fast!

    Plus I no longer need to sell my Linksys router as it rocks! Anyone else having problems with O2 I'd suggest you do the same and change the DNS as well!

    Thanks

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    Good info, had a couple of problems with mine even a replacement they sent however after calling them up they performed a firmware upgrade on the Wireless Box and ever since it has been fine.

    Original Poster

    The wireless signal on mine was very weak, so I had to do something, now it's all good and the setup is the same as virgin media.

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    Not had a problem with wireless, but have frequent reboots the modem decides to make. I'm on my 4th BeThere modem (Same as O2)

    Despite this, the problem still exists.

    Original Poster

    Update the F/w and it should be fine.

    I had 02 and ended up going back to Virgin. We were too far away from the 02 exchange apparently and the signal was very weak. Gave up after a week and told them to have it back. This sounds good though.

    Original Poster

    Well I should be getting upto 13meg, but I'm getting around 4-6meg (abount 500kb/s), which was WAY better than virgin media because of their fair usage policy.

    Massive security issues with o2 broadband router. Seriously consider a different broadband supplier if you can because they may be cheap but under the glossy o2 exterior you get what you pay for and o2 are pretty rubbish. Customer service doesn't exist, it's broken promise after broken promise, they tell you what you want to hear to get rid of you, and I'm not sure how stupid you have to be to work for o2, but they certainly don't read emails before they reply to them. I'm not sure if they simply can't read or if they don't understand some of the words.

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    paul322002

    Massive security issues with o2 broadband router. Seriously consider a … Massive security issues with o2 broadband router. Seriously consider a different broadband supplier if you can because they may be cheap but under the glossy o2 exterior you get what you pay for and o2 are pretty rubbish. Customer service doesn't exist, it's broken promise after broken promise, they tell you what you want to hear to get rid of you, and I'm not sure how stupid you have to be to work for o2, but they certainly don't read emails before they reply to them. I'm not sure if they simply can't read or if they don't understand some of the words.



    What security issues? I don't think they affect me as it just acts as a bridge, I don't see what it can do?

    O2 have been OK with me, but I've never had to ring their CS though.

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    paul322002

    Massive security issues with o2 broadband router. Seriously consider a … Massive security issues with o2 broadband router. Seriously consider a different broadband supplier if you can because they may be cheap but under the glossy o2 exterior you get what you pay for and o2 are pretty rubbish. Customer service doesn't exist, it's broken promise after broken promise, they tell you what you want to hear to get rid of you, and I'm not sure how stupid you have to be to work for o2, but they certainly don't read emails before they reply to them. I'm not sure if they simply can't read or if they don't understand some of the words.



    strong first post.......whut?

    I've been with O2 for over 3 years now, and I've always found their Customer Services and Support Teams really helpful. They seem willing to stay on the phone as long as it takes to sort out problems and have so far always managed to sort out any issues I've had.
    I'm only reading this page because their router (as it says in the title, its rubbish) doesn't make the kind of Home Network I need so I just want to use it as a modem and use my own better equipment for the networking/routing.

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    Teefer

    I've been with O2 for over 3 years now, and I've always found their … I've been with O2 for over 3 years now, and I've always found their Customer Services and Support Teams really helpful. They seem willing to stay on the phone as long as it takes to sort out problems and have so far always managed to sort out any issues I've had.I'm only reading this page because their router (as it says in the title, its rubbish) doesn't make the kind of Home Network I need so I just want to use it as a modem and use my own better equipment for the networking/routing.



    Bit late - but glad I could help, I've been with O2 for two years now and from pretty much day one the wireless box has been a modem only.
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