High Range Wifi Modem

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  1. rider

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    Hello, guys I've a BSNL Broadband connection and ZTE-ZXDSL-531B router wifi modem that comes with BSNL. The problem is that the signal drops after moving 10 feet plus.
    So, I planned to spend money on a modem which should perform high range of connectivity, with at least two antennas.
    My budget is not sure but I want pure performance, it should not be expensive and issues. Also I'm kinda newbie in networking so I need a guide to set password protection for wifi.
    As I searched on internet market, I saw D-Link DSL-2750U, I want to how it is? Is it compatible with USB portable HDD to download torrents and how?

    And what is the difference between 150mbps or 300mbps modem? I've 4Mbps connection.
     
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    Do NOT get DLink! Repeat - Stay AWAY from DLink.

    You can try tplink w8961nd - should be around 1900-2100... or try Asus/Buffalo..
    Or specify your budget if you are willing to spend higher.

    Lots of networking tuts on this forum - search - ico has a great one I think - for specific problems, you can always post here.

    150mbps or 300 mbps wont matter too much unless you want to build your own internal network (tv pc phone tablet inter-connectivity etc.)
     
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    If you want USB option then look for Asus RT13NU. D-Link has got many disconnection problems.
     
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    How is the range of asus? and how will i use USB HDD feature?

    Asus model has no antenna, how can I trust it will give me performance like D-link or TP-Link.
     
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    For faster WLAN transfers.

    > Go to router's setting page (192.168.1.1), enter id and pass (look for default id and pass in manual).

    > Under wireless settings, there will be options to give a password, chose encryption level (WPE, WPA, WPA-PSK,WPA2-PSK), choose the last.

    > Save it.

    > More security can be done by hiding SSID and enabling mac filtering. (normal users won't need it tbh)
     
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    Techradar's review is more than a year old. The firmware has been upgraded since then, even the model design itself has changed. Wireless performance (the main negative in the techradar review) has improved a lot.

    Anyway it does not have a USB port. There is a higher version of this product which does - I dont remember the model no. right now but you can check the tplink website.

    You could also use Asus RTN13U but thats only a router, not router-cum-modem. You could use two devices like the 13U and the 8961N or get a single device. Asus' products generally work great when you dump some custom firmware (DD/Tomato/Open WRT) in them.

    Both Asus and TPLink have good wireless range. At least in my experience.

    DLink will frustrate you no end - stay away - forget all reviews - trust what users are saying here - many have suffered.

    Check dashing.sujay's post - if you want 2 device solution.
     
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    thanks dashing.sujay and mario

    As you can see I use to have ZTE-ZXDSL-531B which is modem cum router and that asus one is just a router so this means I need to buy a modem separate? And what do you want to say that the USB? The above reasons
    *It doesn't supports resume after a power cut, you have to do it manually.
    *Plus it supports only FAT32, can't say about ext3. That means I can't download files > 4GB. So think, what's the purpose of p2p download, if you can't DL > 4GB files ?
    is after DDWRT or before? I have to download torrent files that are above 4GB, that's the main priority.

    And for no features of USB how is http://www.tp-link.com.au/products/details/?model=tl-wr841n
     
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    Before DD of course.
     
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    No, just use it in repeater "mode".

    I guess you didn't read my post carefully. The above status is on stock F/W, i.e. before upgrading to ddwrt. After you upgrade, all the issues are resolved. But you loose the full 3 yr warranty.
     
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    So, i dont want to use ddwrt, it seems to have more disadvantages.
    Can you tell me what device i was using before ( ZTE-ZXDSL-531B ) Wireless N Routers or Wireless N Access Points? Whats the difference?
     
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    I've got the D-Link DSL-2750U, bought it to replace the Belkin 802.11g Wireless Router, I wanted more range, as my room is one floor above where the router is. but the dlink has the same range as the belkin when it goes through many walls. I get internet but the status is poor or fair mostly. also the dlink drops the connection randomly for no apparent reason, I have to manually switch it off and on again. the usb does not support p2p, it only supports dlink 3g dongle (bsnl evdo, micromax 3g dongle...etc will not work)........I suggest you don't buy this and look else where, look at Asus RT-N13U as suggested above, its only a router, you can use your bsnl ZTE-ZXDSL-531B as the modem and asus for wireless....
     
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    You got it wrong mate.
     
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    No guys I need a modem cum router. And I found TP-LINK TL-WR841N is good on paper, the only disadvantage is it has no USB? It is costing me 1.7k and the cheapest modem cum router with USB feature TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND for 3.6k.
    I want know the performance of both these devices, how is it overall.
     
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    ^ ???

    Why?
     
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    ^^ how much range do you want?? will there be any walls obstructing the router??
     
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    I need a wifi that should last 20feets on the main floor and should not drop signal at the above floor, thats why I need a 300mbps modem cum router.

    You said that you can not download big files
    And I need a complete modem cum router because I dont want use my old ZTE as modem for some router and thinking to give it to someone. This is why I need a modem cum router like TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND.

    I'm now confused bwteen 150mbps and 300mbps modem cum router. I need wifi range only upto 25 feet and above floor not more that.
     
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    the TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND has amazing performance, check out this youtube review, but are you sure you don't need more than 25 feet? because most wireless can work good upto 30 feet with one wall in between, the tp link works good even 60 feet away. so maybe the WR1043ND is more than what you need.
    in the top floor how many walls will there be??

    in my case, when I'm on the top floor hall (i.e right below the router), I get full signal, but when I move to a room away from the hall the signal drops drastically, there are 2-3 walls that come inbetween. but on the ground floor it works fine.....
     
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    ^Mbps does not decide wifi range :|
     
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    ^I hope you have read that.

    N13U should cover it. But with good or fair signal, not a big deal though. No drops.

    ......if you don't upgrade to ddwrt.

    Then forget P2P.
     

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