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trotski94

Looking for advice in networking up my new house

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello Gentlemen/Ladies,

 

I have just moved into my new house Monday and would like to kit it out with a full networking solution - first this first, I live in the UK for things like the managed infrastructure and where to source gear.

 

I'm not a complete novice to this but my knowledge pretty much went up to to having an ADSL2+ modem/router/access-point all in one and using my server for DHCP & DNS, in my new network I would prefer a separate modem, gateway, DHCP, DNS, access point and whatever else you suggest i might need. My only issue is that I dont even know if i can change the modem, i do know it is a VDSL2 modem though and I assume i can change it, I have all the logins for accessing the internet via custom equipment. The modem I was supplied with is on the right hand side of the image on the following page https://huaweihg612hacking.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/the-vdsl2-modem-from-eci the router i was supplied with was a Technicolor TG582n which would appear so basic i cannot even find anywhere to change the SSID/password. 

 

I am hoping to spend no more than £140 (~$200), but I am honestly lost where to start. I can find access points, but the only modems/gateways i can find are all in one solutions.

 

Any direction would be highly appreciated, this is one of my least knowledgeable aspects of IT.

 

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as a networking guy, i follow your struggle in finding a wired-only router.

http://www.linksys.com/gb/p/P-LRT214/i personally went for this (quite pricy) piece of kit, as it has the advanced features i need.

if you can place a router in a central spot of your house, getting a decent wireless router isnt too bad of an idea, and certainly at this budget.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Honestly I though my budget would be the killer here and I would have to cut back on some of the stuff I would like to have.

 

EDIT:

oh and I have 4 static IP's that i need to be able to assign to internal machines, is it possible to do this with consumer hardware?

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You can set up modem/router combo as just a modem, and set any router you buy in bridge mode to undo the "all-in-one"-ness 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I've always been guided to buy a product that does one job because it will do that one job better than a device that is designed to do three jobs, would that not defeat the purpose of what I am trying to achieve?

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You can set up modem/router combo as just a modem, and set any router you buy in bridge mode to undo the "all-in-one"-ness 

this is almost right...it should be setting the modem to be a dumb modem..and then having a high quality router doing all the wireless and router stuff


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I've always been guided to buy a product that does one job because it will do that one job better than a device that is designed to do three jobs, would that not defeat the purpose of what I am trying to achieve?

 

I was under the assumption that you already had the modem/router combo.  What I meant was that you don't have to go out and buy another modem and another router, just another router.

 

Do a quick test to see if you can keep using the modem provided.

 

Turn off the router on your modem.  Connect to your modem directly and check your DL/UL speeds.  Compare those to the advertised specs of what you are paying for.  In an ideal world, the internet company wouldn't provide you with a modem where the modem is the bottleneck.

 

Then just buy a router that will outperform the basic router that is built into your modem.  Buy one that fits your needs at your price.  With your $200 budget, its probably best to just keep whatever modem you have, and just buy the best modem you can at that price (unsure of pricing in the UK, so can't really recommend anything specific).

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