Inheriting a router from someone else

The Accidental Expats were in a mad rush to part with some of their European acquisitions. I got a sweet deal on an N-spec. router out of their chaos. That’s an upgrade for me — I’m still using the G-spec. router that came with the contract with our ISP. But TAEs’ N-spec. device branded and optimized for T-Com (a.k.a. Telekom, again, I think) and I use another DSL provider (at least until my current contract is up in a few months…let’s see who makes the best offer then).

But after two days of messing around with it, I think I’m going to switch back to the original one. For whatever reason, and I don’t know enough about EMC and Napoleonic-War era construction and mixed OS environment to make a guess about why, my Linux machine beyond those thick walls in the back room connects better with the older router. Skype is usable with the old one. Running a small webserver as a test environment through a NAT firewall and DynDNS hostname works with that one. I just can’t seem to get those things to work reliably with the N-spec. router, even though the functionality is ostensibly there on the new router (and just to make sure, I updated its firmware to the latest version, though not without a little headscratching — it took me a while to realize that the router was rejecting the firmware file upload because I was using Google Chrome instead of MSIE <v7 or Firexfox ≤v3).

I thought N-spec. routers were supposed to have both speed AND range advantages over G-spec. Any thoughts as to how I could reap those benefits? I only have one device still stuck with a G-spec. WLAN adapter; once that gets replaced at some point in the far future, our household will be pure N-spec. compatible.

Otherwise, I may as well stick with the slower but apparently more reliably G-spec. router.

4 thoughts on “Inheriting a router from someone else”

  1. Scott

    I’ve been running N-WLAN on a Fritz Box 7270 in our house for a couple of years and I’m happy with it, but I’m not sure I can help you out. Our house was built in 1996, we have ethernet on all floors (so I only use wireless when I must), and with 3 floors plus basement, I’m more worried about vertical coverage than horizontal.

    The first office network I set up in 1995 had 6 Macintoshes. Checking my home DHCP server I see over 30 devices checked in (game consoles, networked printers, smartphones, iPads, media players, and, oh yeah, a couple of PCs). Is that progress?

  2. The Accidental Expat

    Cliff: Glad to hear that everything was running OK; slightly bummed that my router’s not all it’s cracked up to be and doesn’t play well with your system– hope it will work swimmingly when you switch over to N-Spec. Thanks for the sympathetic ear and the Guinness a few days back. Now… when are you guys coming to Portland?G

  3. TravelingServiceMan

    I’m not sure that it helps much, but I recently had my TimeCapsule bite the dust and had to switch back to my older T-Com router (which is N-Spec, just like the TimeCapsule). Anyway, with the T-Com router (a W900V), my MacBook can connect to the network, but not the internet when it is in my office room (three rooms over from the router), but the iMac right next to it connects fine and the Windows 7 computer that is in the basement connects fine to either one as well. The macbook can see the internet again when I bring it closer to the router. Very odd since it was able to connect fine with the Time Capsule (which has no antenna). Also, the basement computer is connecting through a steel-concrete ceailing/floor, while the Macbook only has to go through several walls of wood and drywall (1970s fertigHaus construction). So it seems like the T-com routers are lower power or less sensitive (I am not going to go open my old DSP book and look up how to create an SNR diagram of the router’s range, sorry!).

  4. cliff1976

    Thanks TSM — that does help explain things!

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