Idiot needing help

geremof

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Apr 19, 2012
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Hi everyone, hoping someone can help with my networking woes.

I have Orange UK home broadband. We've had a lot of trouble with their livebox, they sent us an N150 netgear and that was even worse. I live in a very small flat 0.6 miles away from an exchange and my phoneline has been checked by BT, they said it's all good. Tried various channels etc to no avail.

So I thought it must be the hardware – went online to find the best router I could find, was whilling to pay around £100.
THE 'ASUS RT-N56U' the people of the internet cried!! The reviews were 90% fantastic, looked the dogs bollocks so I indulged hoping to atleast have a decent connection!

Package arrives, connect line to router, wirelessly connect to PC. Not working.
Was very suprised to find out that I needed a bloody modem on top of this!!!! Most of the recommendations for this product were under top 5 gaming routers, I had no idea they still made seperate routers/modems! Why do they?!

So finally to my question after all these errors!
This router is supposed to be fantastic. How am I supposed to benefit from it? Do I need a pricey modem also? Or will anything around the 24mbps modem mark do?

I was looking at this:
http://www.nepstore.co.uk/product_TP-TD-8616/TPLink_TD8616_ADSL22_Ethernet_Modem.htm

Any other help on how to successfully get up and running would be hugely appreciated.

Best regards
Richard
 

RealBeast

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Yes, you need a dsl modem to use dsl, and then most folks take that output from the RJ-45 jack and go to the WAN port of a nice modem -- and the one you bought is very nice -- then configure your network wired and wireless so that you can connect multiple devices.

You could do with a lesser router, like a DLink DIR-655, but what you bought is top notch and I would keep it.

Look over the router manual, but most of the important settings are default set to what you need. Just enter a security passcode so others don't steal your wireless signal -- write it down as you will need to enter it for all wireless devices. Post any problems that you encounter and you can get specific answers.
 

geremof

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Apr 19, 2012
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Thanks very much for the speedy reply and clarification Realbeast, really appreciate it.

Do you have any opinion on the modem I listed? It's not too undermatched for the nice piece of kit I have?