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Tech support query 
18th-Jun-2008 03:16 pm
Tapping the LJ Oracle:

I have a friend looking to replace current BT USB frog DSL modem with a proper Ethernet/wireless router/modem unit. Any recommendations, advice or gotchas to watch out for?
19th-Jun-2008 06:58 am (UTC)
The Netgear DG834G v4 is pretty good, and has the broadcom chipset, rather than the somewhat troublesome TI chipset.

Don't bother with 802.11N yet, the standard isn't completely nailed yet and the existing routers are over-priced and not particularly reliable.

There's also a neat bit of software called routerstats, which is handy for tweaking and logging info from the router (handy if you have a troublesome connection).
19th-Jun-2008 08:00 am (UTC)
Cheers. What about the actual process of swapping out the USB frog? Any gotchas there? Never had one of those - started off with an Ethernet device right from the start...
19th-Jun-2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
Like the reply below really, as long as you have the adsl connection details it's all pretty simple,

you'll just need to sort out your networking bits, bit by default it's all DHCP anyhoo, so it's just a matter of plugging in to the ethernet port, lobbing the cd in the pc, and following the instructions. The install cd will prompt you for the connection details, the router will reboot, and you'll be connected :)

Then if you want to configure anything differently, you can just connect to the router with a web browser.

It's all pretty simple :)
19th-Jun-2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
Depends on budget. For a cheap, reliable unit with plenty of config options, I always install my customers a Linksys WAG200G.

As to the removal of USB unit, as long as you've got all the adsl settings to hand, it's literally a matter of uninstalling and unplugging. I don't think the BT modems (is it the Voyager 105?) drop all the crapware utilities that the Thompson ones do, but it's worth giving it a quick once-over, just in case.

Since I'm paranoid, I'd then give the machine a full working-over with an up to date antivirus/antimalware package, do a HijackThis scan and generally check everything because a USB modem means they've been running without a hardware firewall or NAT.
22nd-Jun-2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
I'll also throw in my vote for the Netgear DG834G.
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