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Which is the best Cisco ADSL Router?

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Hi EEs,

We have 4 Mbps adsl connection from our ISP,

Our ISP had upgraded there network to Fiber Optical thus we have problem with our current router (Purchased 3-4 yrs back) they advice to replace with new one,

We have 15-20 PC which all will be accessing internet.

Now Kindly advice which all Cisco Wired (Not Wireless, we don't need Wireless) adsl router will support our ISP's fiber network & will be faster but should not have complex configuration ....the configuration must be as easy as like others with GUI interface.

Pls suggest for the best model available in UAE.

An earlier reply will be highly appreciated

Many thanks,

DXB


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by:dougstech
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The simplest cisco router for you is probably the cisco 1800 series. Look into the cisco 1840 with the ADSL addon card.
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by:amirali2
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Dear DXB
If your connection is an ADSL, you just need a simple ADSL (maybe ADSL2+) Modem/Router.

Here's 2 options for you:

1. Try calling your ISP and ask them for the best modem/router brands that they recommend. Some ISPs have a list of compatible routers to recommend. this way you could get full support from your ISP in case of problem.

2. If you already did that and they suggested Cisco and you want your router to have a SIMPLE config. I suggest using a LINKSYS (which is certified by Cisco) AG300 ADSL2+ Modem/Router.

I hope this solves the problem.
Amirali
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by:dougstech
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Most linksys are wireless though. OP doesnt need wireless.
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by:dxbdxb2009
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Still looking for any other advice / suggestion without wireless.......

pl help...

dxb
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by:deepdraw
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I dont understand the question/ answers so far.
You have requested advice on a new router for your fiberoptic internet connectiion. You have also stated you want it to do adsl.
Do it need to be both?
How is the fiber optic terminated? If this just an rj45 it will plug into almost any cisco router.
Do you require a secure router which is also a hardware firewall, you need to buy a router with a certain operating system or IOS.
The IOS is not easy to configure.
Do you want it for your phone system?
If you try to find a cisco reseller in your area they will be able to find a package for you over the phone, this is most likely the easiest way.
 
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by:Blundey
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Draytek do a good range of modem! Worth the look!

http://www.draytek.co.uk/products/vigor120.html
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by:dxbdxb2009
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Thanks deepdraw for your reply find my requirment with the answer of your questions:-

Do it need to be both? = I need ADSL Router
How is the fiber optic terminated? If this just an rj45 it will plug into almost any cisco router. = ISP spread fiber network to our phone line...we are getting RJ11 termination to put into my router as like DSL.
Do you require a secure router which is also a hardware firewall, you need to buy a router with a certain operating system or IOS. = Simply NO.
The IOS is not easy to configure. = you are right IOS needs some expertise skills for the same.
Do you want it for your phone system? = No phone line is separate from our ADSL line......


See we are getting two line from ISP one is for PHONE which is going into EPABX / phone junction for telephone & second is for Internet which is going into wall soket & through wall we are getting one RJ11 to our router....

One more thing to add....right now i talk to my ISP they are telling me that you need to buy a router which can support ADSL (RJ11) + Fiber Optical (RJ45)......coz currently we are connected with ADSL line only but in future the line will be changed to Fiber Optical & you need to buy the router which support Fiber Optical as well.

What I have been advised by ISP customer care is as below:-

* Aztech dsl605ew
* Siemens gigaset 504 AGU

But both are wireless & as i requested for wired which they don't have in stock.

So finally i request you to advice me such model which can support both ADSL & Fiber ( in future)

Awaiting for your earlier reply,

many thanks for being with me.

dxb
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by:nblancpain
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Hello,

If you need DSL, go for the Cisco 887 which will be the best ratio quality price for 10/20 users.
With licence you can have firewall, IPS/IDS, VPN IPSEC, SSL/VPN, and all the usual IOS functions.

Nicolas
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by:nblancpain
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Hello again,

For half the price of the 887, you may try Cisco's SMB line : SA520.
This will need an external DSL modem to get RJ11 handoff. But it's unclear to me if it's fiber + RJ45 ethernet plug or DSL from your carrier.

Nicolas
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by:deepdraw
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Cisco is much more expensive and wont be supported by your isp.
Why not get the router advised by your isp and just turn the wireless radio off ( this is a very common feature ).
Greg
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by:nblancpain
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Good thing about Cisco is this is robust.
You can however try a Huawei, DLink, Netgear, etc. instead
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by:dxbdxb2009
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i agree with deepdraw to turn off WL's radio......

i have been suggested these three model

1. Azetech DSL 605 EW
2. Siemans Gigaset 504 AGU
3. LinkSys WAG320N  (http://www.linksysbycisco.com/AE/en/products/WAG320N?lid=LearnMore)

About WAG320N i read that along with DSL port 1st LAN port can be configured to use with Fiber Optical as a WAN port....is it right....if yes it will work with fiber optical network....pls advice?

But Azetech & Siemans I am not sure......whether they will support Fiber Optical or not.....as per my ISP it will....but i did not read any docs by googling here......can u pls find it out for me.....


any other model you suggest or best of one among these.....?

awaiting for your advice ...

many thanks

dxb
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by:amirali2
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Hi again

I don't know about Aztech or Seimens but the Linksys routers are made for home users and they're easy to config.

So the wireless probles is solved now by just turning off the AP. good
Also DLink, TP-Link and Asus are other options you can use.
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by:dxbdxb2009
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Pls confirm whether LinkSys WAG320N will work for both ADSL or Fiber Optical...........?

so in future i will not be changing router if my ISP change my connection to Fiber (Currently we are using ADSL)

Awaiting for your earlier reply,

Many thanks,

dxb
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by:amirali2
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you mentioned:
"About WAG320N i read that along with DSL port 1st LAN port can be configured to use with Fiber Optical as a WAN port"

Yes, That is correct but to connect fiber-optic you need a converter. what I mean is you can use this router for your needs but keep in mind that this device only works with RJ11 (Phone connectors) and RJ45 (Lan connectors) so for fiber optic you need a converter.
when you changed the fiber optic into RJ45 you can use port no. 1 as WAN and so on...

good luck.
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by:dxbdxb2009
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i again contacted linksys via online chat.....pls have a look what all linksys online support says below:-

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Chat Transcript      08/31/2010 11:50 AM
[2010-08-31 09:52:07] Please wait... Your number in the queue: 1
[2010-08-31 09:52:07] A representative will be joining you shortly.
[2010-08-31 09:52:10] Maurice (46258E) has joined this session.
[2010-08-31 09:52:21] DXB: Hi Maurice!
[2010-08-31 09:53:10] Maurice (46258E): Hello DXB! Welcome to Linksys Live Chat. How may I help you?
[2010-08-31 09:53:53] DXB: I want to buy new ADSL router for my existing ADSL connection kindly advice which would be best / meet my requirement
[2010-08-31 09:55:26] Maurice (46258E): Okay.
[2010-08-31 09:55:35] Maurice (46258E): Before we begin i need to ask you a couple of questions that will help me assist you better.
[2010-08-31 09:55:38] DXB: Currently we are using ADSL connection but after 1-2 month our ISP is going to change it to Fiber Optical...so i want such a ADSL router which can support ADSL(like phone line connection typically RJ 11 connector) & Fiber Optical
[2010-08-31 09:56:11] DXB: pls advice accordingly ...
[2010-08-31 09:56:21] Maurice (46258E): May I know which country are you based in?
[2010-08-31 09:56:54] DXB: UAE / Dubai
[2010-08-31 09:57:27] DXB: Maurice i request you to read my question so i will not need to repeat it again...
[2010-08-31 09:57:34] DXB: Currently we are using ADSL connection but after 1-2 month our ISP is going to change it to Fiber Optical...so i want such a ADSL router which can support ADSL(like phone line connection typically RJ 11 connector) & Fiber Optical
[2010-08-31 09:58:18] Maurice (46258E): Fibre optic connection requires a RJ45 connector.
[2010-08-31 09:58:30] DXB: okay
[2010-08-31 10:01:45] Maurice (46258E): I would suggest you to check for WRT120N or WRT160N.
[2010-08-31 10:06:54] Maurice (46258E): Vijay, are you there?
[2010-08-31 10:12:20] Maurice (46258E): Please be aware that a long delay in response times may cause a disconnection. If there is no response in the next 2 minutes, this session will end. Thank you for your cooperation!
[2010-08-31 10:18:53] DXB: okay
[2010-08-31 10:19:11] DXB: i am sorry for delay
[2010-08-31 10:19:30] DXB: is there any one there
[2010-08-31 10:20:09] DXB: hi
[2010-08-31 10:20:28] DXB: shell i start a new session for support
[2010-08-31 10:21:04] Maurice (46258E): You may continue
[2010-08-31 10:21:17] DXB: thanks & sorry for delay
[2010-08-31 10:21:23] Maurice (46258E): No worries.
[2010-08-31 10:21:46] DXB: i repeat my question again here : -
[2010-08-31 10:21:47] DXB: Currently we are using ADSL connection but after 1-2 month our ISP is going to change it to Fiber Optical...so i want such a ADSL router which can support ADSL(like phone line connection typically RJ 11 connector) & Fiber Optical
[2010-08-31 10:22:49] DXB: okay ....i had been adviced for WAG 320 N
[2010-08-31 10:23:27] DXB: will WAG 320N work with ADSL phone line & Fiber Optical as well
[2010-08-31 10:24:00] Maurice (46258E): It will only work with ADSL.
[2010-08-31 10:24:14] DXB: okay
[2010-08-31 10:25:02] DXB: Any advice for WRT 320N....?
[2010-08-31 10:25:45] Maurice (46258E): WRT320N will work with fibre optic only.
[2010-08-31 10:27:04] DXB: Okay you mean WRT 120N / WRT 160N will work with ADSL & Fiber optic as well...am i right
[2010-08-31 10:28:24] Maurice (46258E): No it will work with Fibre Optic only.
[2010-08-31 10:28:38] Maurice (46258E): Any WRT will work with Fibre optic only.
[2010-08-31 10:28:47] Maurice (46258E): WAG is for ADSL only.
[2010-08-31 10:29:46] DXB: Maurice ...thus i asked you at the starting of my question that i need a router / gateway which can support ADSL & Fiber both
[2010-08-31 10:30:35] Maurice (46258E): I am sorry as we do not have any such device.
[2010-08-31 10:32:56] DXB: so as i told you that after 2 month our isp weill change the adsl network to fiber at that time i again need to purchase new router according to fiber optical
[2010-08-31 10:33:56] Maurice (46258E): I am sorry as we do not have any device that supports both together.

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Now pls advice what shell i do.........


awaiting for your earlier reply


dxb
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Any updatesssssssssssssssssssssssss
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by:deepdraw
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We see your problem.
Can you last on your old router until they update and then buy the router recommended for fiber?
Other wise I would recommend buying the adsl router they recommend.
This will still be cheaper than buying a new cisco router.
You could buy a second hand cisco router a 1760 or 3725.

Below is a second hand 3725 with a switch module , you would still need to buy an adsl module for it and it would not be able to support ADSL2/2+
 
http://cgi.ebay.com/Cisco-3725-18-Fast-Ethernet-Gigabit-2-Serial-CCNA-CCNP-/350355261663?pt=AU_Networking&hash=item5192cd08df
 

Greg
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dxbdxb2009 earned 0 total points
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I googled & found Aztech 605EW is capable to work in adsl & fiber as well.....

i am going to buy it right now...

anyway thanks for your advice & suggestion...


dxb
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by:deepdraw
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Good luck.
The thing is most adsl router have a 4 port switch which is incapable of natting an internet ip address to the other ports on the switch. I think no one wanted to suggest one in case it did not work.
I am surprised that your ISP is not paying for this equipement as they are forcing the change.
 
Greg
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good luck!
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