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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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    Quote Originally Posted by rider View Post
    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.
    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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    TP-Link TD-W8961N 300Mbps Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router review | Modem routers Reviews | TechRadar

    techradar gave poor review for TP-Link One other thing is would I able to connect my portable HDD with that and how it will be able to download torrent stuff? I need help as I want to use this feature.

    D-Link has good reviews and 4.5 star in flipkart rating, why you saying to keep away?
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by saswat23 View Post
    If you want USB option then look for Asus RT13NU. D-Link has got many disconnection problems.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by dashing.sujay View Post
    No idea about TP Link, but since I own Asus N13U I can tell you about it.

    Some points about it:

    • Router is performing perfectly well, at least for me.
    • No range issues, again at least for me (but I agree it has got bad range compared to other routers in this range, thanks to the internal antenna. But still, I am able to make it work across 3 floors; 2,3(router),4. PS: Range problem should be vertically, if it'd be there, not horizontally, I believe.)
    • Asus firmware is perfectly stable.
    • Download master is working pretty well including p2p.
    • There are all the advanced options which I will or may use. (And probably you too)
    • Finally it will void the warranty if I chose ddwrt.


    Above points also explain why I shouldn't upgrade to ddwrt.

    Now reasons why I should upgrade to ddwrt.

    • You must have read that Asus firmware is buggy, but the actual culprit is DM


    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 ?


    Still, its good or arguably best in this range.

    PS: I'm still DLing 24/7
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    And what is the difference between 150mbps or 300mbps modem?
    For faster WLAN transfers.

    Also I'm kinda newbie in networking so I need a guide to set password protection for wifi.
    > 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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    Quote Originally Posted by rider View Post
    TP-Link TD-W8961N 300Mbps Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router review | Modem routers Reviews | TechRadar

    techradar gave poor review for TP-Link One other thing is would I able to connect my portable HDD with that and how it will be able to download torrent stuff? I need help as I want to use this feature.

    D-Link has good reviews and 4.5 star in flipkart rating, why you saying to keep away?
    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

    Quote Originally Posted by dashing.sujay View Post
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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)
    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/d...odel=tl-wr841n
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    is after DDWRT or before?
    Before DD of course.

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    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?
    No, just use it in repeater "mode".

    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.
    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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