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Alex Atkin UK

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    Alex Atkin UK got a reaction from Falcon1986 in Do wifi carriers add a mbps limit in the router or is it in all routers?   
    I'd be looking for at least WiFi 6 for more reliable speeds on WiFi.
     
    I've had problems sustaining over 400Mbit on WiFi 5 (802.11ac) sometimes but it seems much more stable on WiFi 6.

    Picked up the HONOR Router 3 for dirt cheap, really wasn't expecting it to perform this well.
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    Alex Atkin UK got a reaction from Lurick in Has anyone successfully replaced an Intel® Wireless-AC 9560 with an AX201?   
    In related news, this is very promising: https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-reviews/33226-wi-fi-6e-preview-with-asus-gt-axe11000-rog-rapture?showall=&start=1
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    Alex Atkin UK reacted to Benji in new m.2 drive compatible with drive slot?   
    Damaging the slot is pretty much impossible because the B+M-Key slot means that it can take both SATA (B+M-Key) and NVMe (M-Key) drives. The NVMe drive that came with my laptop and the one I bought as a higher-capacity, higher-performance replacement are both PCIe x2 and also B+M-Key, and they fit perfectly in my desktop as well. If you were to have a B-Key only slot (M.2 SATA), which I have never seen before, you would simply be unable to install an NVMe SSD in the first place. Just like RAM, you can only install the right one as, for example, a DDR3 stick wouldn't fit in a DDR4 slot.
     
    What could be an issue in this case (one NVMe drive, one SATA drive) is the fact that some motherboards have the first slot (which is usually connected right to the CPUs PCIe lanes instead of the chipset) support both NVMe and SATA SSDs, but some boards only support NVMe SSDs in the second slot, but not SATA SSDs. For the OS, I'd rather have gone with a 970 Evo 250GB or something like that, because the A2000 (which is NVMe) would probably be better for the OS as well than the small Kingston SATA drive. The difference in practice won't be huge, but it's just something that I would care about.
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    Alex Atkin UK got a reaction from Falcon1986 in Recommended product for wifi extension?   
    Do bear in mind that using a WiFi extender without a dedicated backhaul network (how mesh kits work), you might end up with WORSE performance than you have now.  This is why physically wiring it is highly recommended.
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    Alex Atkin UK got a reaction from BiotechBen in What are my chances at picking up a 5950x anytime soon?   
    Well apart from the fact everyone will utterly hate you for encouraging the scalping if you give in.
     
    The question is, do you actually NEED a 5950x?
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    Alex Atkin UK got a reaction from snoopdoge27 in What are my chances at picking up a 5950x anytime soon?   
    Well apart from the fact everyone will utterly hate you for encouraging the scalping if you give in.
     
    The question is, do you actually NEED a 5950x?
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    Alex Atkin UK got a reaction from AzzaNezz in Hackintosh Even WorthWhile?   
    If its just to learn a new OS then I definitely think Linux is more useful.  I mean if key functionality is not working on the Hackintosh, all you're going to be learning is the limitations of Hackintosh rather than the benefits of MacOS.
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    Alex Atkin UK got a reaction from MasonBobo in 10 gig network not getting 10 gig speeds need help   
    I'd be tempted to blame the cable.  I bought a cable claiming cat 7 that also refuses to go above 5Gbit, vs a cat 6 cable I have that does 10Gbit fine.
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    Alex Atkin UK got a reaction from CAPSBOY in Thin client converted to a router   
    Well I know pfSense recommend the following and bearing in mind they probably mean at least dual-core when the CPU in the above is single-core, single-thread.
    101-500 Mbps No less than a modern (less than 4 years old) Intel or AMD CPU clocked at 2.0 GHz. Server class hardware with PCI-e network adapters, or newer desktop hardware with PCI-e network adapters.
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    Alex Atkin UK got a reaction from FaelanMaelan in Just curious Can the lubrication in the bearings freeze and make the fans go Grrrr in the winter and what is the minimal temperature ?   
    Its most likely that an already failing fan will be quieter once its warmed up, a good fan shouldn't make any difference unless you are running it in Arctic temperatures.
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    Alex Atkin UK got a reaction from FaelanMaelan in Just curious Can the lubrication in the bearings freeze and make the fans go Grrrr in the winter and what is the minimal temperature ?   
    Look up the specific fan models online, there should be documentation giving their minimum and maximum operating temperatures.
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    Alex Atkin UK reacted to Lurick in how to choose a good cat 6 cable ?   
    Yah, I tend to stick with Monoprice or Cable Matters for all my cables, never had an issue.
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    Alex Atkin UK got a reaction from Lurick in how to choose a good cat 6 cable ?   
    Problem is figuring out even what IS a reputable company these days.  I'll tend to use Amazon as their returns policy is good, but they WILL sell you any old crap. 😉
     
    The 7m CAT6A cable I bought that wouldn't do above 5Gbit for example.  Never had any problems doing Gigabit on any old cable I could find though, even CAT5.
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    Alex Atkin UK got a reaction from SAVE-12-HK in how to choose a good cat 6 cable ?   
    Problem is figuring out even what IS a reputable company these days.  I'll tend to use Amazon as their returns policy is good, but they WILL sell you any old crap. 😉
     
    The 7m CAT6A cable I bought that wouldn't do above 5Gbit for example.  Never had any problems doing Gigabit on any old cable I could find though, even CAT5.
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    Alex Atkin UK got a reaction from CAPSBOY in Thin client converted to a router   
    What's your broadband speed as I suspect that CPU is going to struggle over 100Mbit and definitely wont cope with OpenVPN or WiFi duties at the same time.

    What are you going to do about only having one ethernet port?
     
    I highly advise against trying to use a PC as a WiFi Access Point.  I've played with this on and off for about 15 years and its an utter nightmare.  For one thing, a real Access Point will have at least two radios, this only has a single PCIe slot so is limited to one (USB adapters may work but they have shorter range and are prone to overheating as they are only designed for client use).  Also very few WiFi cards work well in Access Point mode, dedicated routers/Access Points often have licensed/custom firmware/drivers which we cannot use.
     
    Pi-hole AFAIK is not a router OS so you'd possibly need to do a lot of work to get all this working.  Even as someone who uses Linux every day, I much prefer a proper router OS as configuring all the various options you might need on a router is a real PITA.  One mistake and your Internet is down, scrabbling for your phone to Google what you did wrong.

    So to summarise can it be done, to some degree yes.  But I'd highly recommend much better hardware and a proper router OS if you plan to go ahead.  If you really want WiFi from the same box, a Linux based OS is essential as BSD has garbage WiFi support, but IMO its not worth the effort as you will be limited to very specific WiFi cards and it may need a lot of hoops to get 5Ghz working properly, if at all.  Or you may get stuck with only WiFi 4 (802.11n) working.

    Bottom line, you could get a cheap router capable of running OpenWRT for as much as you'll end up spending on this project and it likely will perform better.
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    Alex Atkin UK got a reaction from mamamia88 in Hackintosh Even WorthWhile?   
    If its just to learn a new OS then I definitely think Linux is more useful.  I mean if key functionality is not working on the Hackintosh, all you're going to be learning is the limitations of Hackintosh rather than the benefits of MacOS.
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    Alex Atkin UK reacted to Darren in Does my whole connection get taken down if one IP gets DDOS'ed that is different from the other IPs connected to the same modem?   
    Everything on your modem.
     
    Think of it as a pipe, ISP gets big pipe, you have a small pipe to your home. Someone floods that pipe, you get very wet and there's nothing you can do.
     
    This is generally why when you get DDoS'd restarting your modem is a legitimate tactic, your ISP will probably assign you a new IP as your old session is still active and the DDoS goes away. Unless you have a static in which case you need to wait it out, or get a new one.
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    Alex Atkin UK got a reaction from Fasauceome in Hackintosh Even WorthWhile?   
    If its just to learn a new OS then I definitely think Linux is more useful.  I mean if key functionality is not working on the Hackintosh, all you're going to be learning is the limitations of Hackintosh rather than the benefits of MacOS.
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    Alex Atkin UK got a reaction from metaleggman in Need help finding a new router   
    I guess that explains why there is no mention of it on SNB, although they only test a tiny minority of routers to begin with.  It really is annoying how few reviews test NAT performance, they stick it on their broadband and see how it performs, which is the WORST way to test as it depends entirely on how their ISP and sites like speedtest.net are performing that day.

    We really could do with a YT channel like Hardware Unboxed that caters entirely to routers.
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    Alex Atkin UK got a reaction from metaleggman in Need help finding a new router   
    Yup, sounds good.  Its always a bonus when they support custom firmware as not only do you have a fallback if they stop supporting the official firmware, or introduce a bug, but people also test the NAT performance.
     
    Obviously I don't recommend installing DD-WRT firmware so long as the official firmware does everything you need it to.
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    Alex Atkin UK got a reaction from Falcon1986 in LTE Internet at home?   
    Yes stability means a lot.  I had LTE as a backup and on a really really good day it did 100Mbit, on a bad day it did 2Mbit.  No point it being faster if when you actually want to use it, its slower than DSL would be.
     
    I still have LTE as a backup with a different provider and closer tower (peaks at 120Mbit and reasonably consistent so far), but I'd never have it as a primary connection unless there was no other choice.
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    Alex Atkin UK reacted to Kilrah in LTE Internet at home?   
    Ping is usually higher and speeds vary much more than with a DSL connection depending on network use.
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    Alex Atkin UK reacted to metaleggman in Need help finding a new router   
    Haha nice!  Sounds fun.  Only reason is because I was under the false impression that xbox needed port 53 forwarded, mostly because their article on open ports is somewhat vague, for um...longer than I'd like to admit   Only realized my mistake when setting up my pihole.  Thankfully I only forward ports to specific devices, not across the network or something...

    How does this one sound?  It's a little more expensive than 1000 kr, but it tests very well.  It's the router I mentioned I'm using as a bridge.  @Alex Atkin UK what do you think?  I'm a big fan of the netgear web gui and features, but I believe it's compatible with DD WRT and Fresh Tomato, if you need some other feature (it isn't compatible with Open WRT because of the broadcom drivers not being fully open source).
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    Alex Atkin UK got a reaction from metaleggman in Need help finding a new router   
    NAT stands for Network Address Translation, its what a router does to allow a single public IP address to work across a private LAN.  So the NAT speed is the actual amount of bandwidth the routers CPU is capable of handling.
     
    Trouble is, router manufacturers don't tell you or they give you an absolute best-case scenario that isn't necessarily realistic to real-world usage (WiFi and Internet at the same time adds more CPU load than wired LAN and enabling QoS can drop the speed by an order of magnitude).
     
    I admit I should probably have just bowed out of the conversation, my intent was merely to ensure the OP did not rush out and buy a router that was not suitable before more people weighed in on the conversation.  Unfortunately it backfired as I was unable to revise my post with suggestions (the SmallNetBuilder site DOES test NAT speed but I couldn't get their search to work properly to find the right part of their chart for the speeds we were looking for) and nobody else offered suggestions either.
     
    I apologise if it caused confusion.
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    Alex Atkin UK got a reaction from metaleggman in Need help finding a new router   
    All I can say is if you care about reliable Internet, don't skimp on your router.  Budget routers can bring all sorts of problems.
     
    DDoS protection in a router is practically worthless however, as even if your router blocks connections they still take up CPU time and bandwidth, which is where a DDoS occurs.  DDoS protection has to be performed further up the chain, at your ISP, to have any protective impact on your much smaller broadband link.  This is why companies like Cloudflare have massive amounts of bandwidth and insanely powerful routers, much more than they would otherwise actually need, so they can absorb DDoS attacks.
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