Will UK DSL/Router work in Switzerland?

Posted on 2005-04-19
Last Modified: 2010-04-17
I am travelling over to Switzerland in the near future to build a PC and get it up and running with a wireless broadband network.

I do not read German and want to purchase the Wireless/DSL router/switch over here (probably a Netgear DG834G as i have the same at the moment).  The person who i am setting this up for is not technical at all so acting as a translator is out of the question really.

Can anyone offer any advice as to what problems i might encouter WRT getting the router setup over there - i have no idea of what the actual telephony settings that they use - or even if they use RJ11 cables like we use over here.

Or would it make more sense to buy it over there (correct power supply) and then could i flash it to English with a firmware upgrade?  Is that possible?

Thanks in advance.
Question by:mcompton69
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    THere is a huge chance that even if you buy it in Switzerland it will be in English... I have used ADSL modems and routers, and I still have one, by Planet, everything was fine. Regarding ADSL connection, you should buy there a splitter (you can get one in InterDiscount in every town) because they use their phone jacks, but from there it is RJ45 if I remember correctly.

    You could get into the problems if you ask them for some help, then your english could easilly come insufficient...

    I hope that this helps.
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    The result was to buy a Zyxel router in Switzerland from the ISP, it was set to english by default without anything being done and setup took just a couple of minutes.  The browser window was automatically directed at the router settings.  Interestingly, the router was a Swiss specific model - the box actually stated to be sold in that area only.  Other than that it was idetical to a UK model i beleive.  I think they use a different encapsulation type to UK, but i cant remember what off hand.

    The router was an excellent purchase too with basic bandwidth prioritisation (e.g port x is higher priority that port y), very easy and powerful web menu and v good feature set.  I would recommend it to anyone.

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