Well, it is a new year and I hope you and yours will be happy!!!
Well, it is a new year and I hope you and yours will be happy!!!
The actual label is “Netgear N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router.” I got mine from Discount Electronics for $15 which is why I jumped on it like a hungry mouser (cat). I needed a better wifi router for my son so I ordered 2.
What’s not to like? This router has both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands with all those b/g/n and a/c stuff. The 5 GHz band is good for shorter ranged high volume data connections. This router was reviewed by other sources I trust to have rock solid connections out to 300 feet. It produces a 10-15% stronger signal (according to the Wifi scanner app on my cell phone) at the same location (my master bedroom) than my Belkin Wireless G router does. This is the same bedroom my Arris TG862g won’t even reach.
So far I have only been using it as an Acess Point off my Arris TG862g. I am waiting on a cable modem with telephone jack(s) to arrive. When that does, I will experiment with moving my local land line onto the internet while using the Netgear N900 to take care of all my internet connectivity needs. I will also probably sell the Arris and the Linksys cable modem. I will post about this once I have something more to report.
If you decide to set up your Netgear N900 as an Access Point I will make one recommendation. The menu you use to activate the AP suggests NOT using a fixed IP address. I tried that. The AP worked but I couldn’t access it anymore because I couldn’t tell what it’s IP address was. You normally access an AP by putting in its IP address (say 192.168.1.230) in your browser. If you decide to use a fixed IP address you should make sure your DHCP server range excludes that address. If there is no way to specifically exclude an address simply lower the address range that the DCHP will serve and make the fixed address an IP number higher than that.
Since I have about 7 computers, a cell phone, an Android tablet and a Chromebook laying around here it’s not like I don’t have connectivity needs. 3 of these computers are always on, running BIONIC applications, so I really need a 24/7 level of support.
I have offered above in the “reviewed/sources” links for all the details about how good this Netgear N900 is so I won’t recapitulate those details here. Thanks for reading.
The Arris TG862g is a Residential Gateway providing an “all in one” approach to providing internet access and telephone service through your cable TV coax. It has the cable modem, the router (with NAT and a Firewall), 4 RJ-45 ports and WiFi connectivity at the N level (2.4 GHz, b/g/n).
The Pro’s include all the features I listed above. The Gui interface is not too complicated for anyone who has setup a couple of routers over the years. And is approachable by anyone who is willing to follow the installation guide(s) available on the internet. I like James Causian’s review of this modem and related topics.
So far this looks like a pretty good deal. If you can find a used version that works you can get it for near $50 plus the cost (probably) of replacing the battery backup with another battery.
The Cons are large enough to be off-putting and irritating. They are not large enough to say this is a completely unsuitable buy.
So in conclusion, this is not the residential gateway I am likely to get and/or keep. Why? Because I managed to luck into a Netgear N900 router/wifi for $15 from Discount Electronics. It listed near $200 retail about 3 years ago. I will either use the N900 with a bridged Arris TG862g or a Linksys CM3008 that I have previously mentioned or with a not yet arrived Arris cable modem with telephone jacks. I will review the Netgear N900 later.
I was already aware when I opted to switch my internet from AT&T to cable that I would need to buy my own cable modem. So far I am the “proud” owner of a Linksys CM3008 and an Arris TG862g. The Arris is a “telephone ready” residential gateway and the Linksys is a plain bread and butter cable modem with no router or wifi or anything.
Since I own an old basic router with wifi (Belkin Wireless G) that has worked as both a router and as an Access Point I was able to immediately get things setup. It worked fine. If my basic goal was simply to replace my internet with a cheaper choice that served my needs this would do it. But wait! There’s more (as I said in another post).
I wanted to see if I could lower my landline cost too. I need to note that my wife is comfortable only with a landline. She is afraid she would lose a cell phone. One possibility to is to move to a VOIP solution. It needs to integrate with the house phone system so that it transparently works just like AT&T.
Enter, the “telephone ready” cable modem or residential gateway. The distinction appears to be exactly that . A “telephone ready” cable modem still will need a router to provide internet service to multiple internet devices. It can be plugged directly into a phone jack and will provide phone service to the rest of the house. I have one of these on order because of the results I got from using an Arris TG862g.
I am going to review how good or bad the Arris TG862g is in another post. I would not be exploring yet more products if it had been very good.
A couple of months ago I noticed that AT&T was charging me close to ~$100/month (USD) for a voice line and ADSL that had less than 1 MB/sec upload speed. I wondered if I could reduce my costs?
First I investigated simply moving to a cheaper ADSL plan. The best AT&T could do would reduce my cost about $12/mo while dropping the internet to their slowest speed. And I still wouldn’t have 1 MB/sec upload speed. In fact, AT&T doesn’t offer a 1 MB/sec upload speed. This could be an issue if I wanted to apply for a “work from home” customer service or technical support job. All of them require at least a 1 MB/sec upload speed.
Fortunately, the local cable network company offers service in my area. They were also offering a sale on a 10 MB down, 1 MB up plan. $15/mo. Later I learned that this plan is usually $30/mo. So in a year I expect the price to rise.
So after paying an installation fee and buying a couple of cable modems I now have perfectly good internet for less. I will note, I am not a big video or movie download person so this basic internet is fine for me.
To recap. 1) I am now paying about $16/mo for the internet. 2) My phone bill went from nearly $100 down to about $55 this month. But wait! There’s more. 🙂 That will have to wait for the next article.
I am refocusing this blog on Galenson Consulting topics including IT Support, Technical Reviews, Web Design, Web Development and any other GC related topics.
I exported a complete copy of all the posts on this blog. I then deleted all personal musing, book reviews, and other opinion pieces. I will be importing all of those more personal posts into a blog called Ed Art Composer. Don’t get me wrong. EAC will also be exploring the use of a cell phone to create and post personal/opinion videos. This includes additional equipment, several new books and eventually a probable upgrade to a Moto G cell phone. A Moto G has a bigger camera, adjustable camera focus, and camera stabilization features that a Moto E doesn’t have.
I got this one used (after a month) on e-bay for about $174. It is basically new. It has a 14″ screen compared to the Samsung 3’s 11″ screen. It is running an Intel cpu and chip set. And it has a typical run time of 10+ hours before you have to charge it up.
So this Asus c300m is probably what I will stay with. Its funny though, Intel has gotten busy and designed cpus/motherboard chip sets with excellent low power usage. So for the moment Intel is handily beating the ARM folks at the low power usage game.