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TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 N600 Wireless N Dual Band Gigabit Router w/ 2x USB Ports EXPIRED

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Promoted 05-20-2013 at 06:11 PM View Original Post
Newegg has TP-LINK N600 Wireless N Dual Band Gigabit Router w/ 2x USB Ports (TL-WDR3600) for $65 - $20 rebate = $45. Shipping is free. Thanks Discombobulated

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L11: Monkey's Apprentice
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#196
Quote from x_ge0rge View Post :
I found this router to have a weaker signal than my old linksys wrt54g..

+ I had to google to disable NAT in order for my VOIP not to drop calls...

Kinda disappointed, to be honest
I find it highly improbable that you are disabling NAT completely on the router unless you aren't routing anything and are only operating in bridge mode. As with all VoIP devices, you typically have to do port forwarding or put the VoIP device in the DMZ. If you weren't doing this before I suspect you may have been using UPnP, which I would not use at all.

And as for testing WiFi signal distances make sure you are on a channel that has little to no nearby interference, make sure you use the same channel for both devices and make sure that only one of the devices is on at a time.
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Quote from brbubba View Post :
I find it highly improbable that you are disabling NAT completely on the router unless you aren't routing anything and are only operating in bridge mode. As with all VoIP devices, you typically have to do port forwarding or put the VoIP device in the DMZ. If you weren't doing this before I suspect you may have been using UPnP, which I would not use at all.

And as for testing WiFi signal distances make sure you are on a channel that has little to no nearby interference, make sure you use the same channel for both devices and make sure that only one of the devices is on at a time.
Let me rephrase it, I went into TPlink config page and disabled "Current hardware NAT status" so my VOIP would stop dropping calls.

When I had my old WRT, I didn't have to do anything special with port forward, I just plugged in and it was working from get go. so maybe that is uPnp? What are the disadvantages of that for VOIP if you want to explain to me!

What do you mean by devices? I only have 1 router in my house currently which is the tplink that replaced my old WRT.
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Quote from x_ge0rge View Post :
Let me rephrase it, I went into TPlink config page and disabled "Current hardware NAT status" so my VOIP would stop dropping calls.

When I had my old WRT, I didn't have to do anything special with port forward, I just plugged in and it was working from get go. so maybe that is uPnp? What are the disadvantages of that for VOIP if you want to explain to me!

What do you mean by devices? I only have 1 router in my house currently which is the tplink that replaced my old WRT.
Didn't know about that issue, glad you found a resolution.

UPnP [wikipedia.org] will automatically open the ports you need. It's a security risk as unauthorized users can gain access to your router from the Internet.

If you want to do a 1 to 1 test I meant, WRT54G vs WDR3600. It sounds like you just hooked up the WDR3600 and saw an immediate drop in signal reception, just make sure you're not missing anything that could negatively affect either distance test.
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Quote from brbubba View Post :
Didn't know about that issue, glad you found a resolution.

UPnP [wikipedia.org] will automatically open the ports you need. It's a security risk as unauthorized users can gain access to your router from the Internet.

If you want to do a 1 to 1 test I meant, WRT54G vs WDR3600. It sounds like you just hooked up the WDR3600 and saw an immediate drop in signal reception, just make sure you're not missing anything that could negatively affect either distance test.
my router is stills sitting at the same spots. However, I have found i have weaker signals 4 vs 5 bars at some places of the house, and even more dead zone spots now than before..

I will try changing signal to see if that helps.. .if not, Maybe I need to use my old WRT as access points?
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Quote from x_ge0rge View Post :
my router is stills sitting at the same spots. However, I have found i have weaker signals 4 vs 5 bars at some places of the house, and even more dead zone spots now than before..

I will try changing signal to see if that helps.. .if not, Maybe I need to use my old WRT as access points?
Are you comparing the 2.4 GHz band of the TP-Link to the WRT54G so that this apples to apples? The 5 GHz band will always have decreased range compared to 2.4 GHz due to higher frequency signals not penetrating walls and other sources of signal attenuation as well.
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Quote from x_ge0rge View Post :
Let me rephrase it, I went into TPlink config page and disabled "Current hardware NAT status" so my VOIP would stop dropping calls.

When I had my old WRT, I didn't have to do anything special with port forward, I just plugged in and it was working from get go. so maybe that is uPnp? What are the disadvantages of that for VOIP if you want to explain to me!

What do you mean by devices? I only have 1 router in my house currently which is the tplink that replaced my old WRT.
NAT is still running, but the hardware acceleration for NAT is disabled. You're not missing much, but not sure why it would affect VOIP connections though.
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Are you comparing the 2.4 GHz band of the TP-Link to the WRT54G so that this apples to apples? The 5 GHz band will always have decreased range compared to 2.4 GHz due to higher frequency signals not penetrating walls and other sources of signal attenuation as well.
I am comparing the 2.4 ghz of WRT to this Tp link model.
I used the wrong, I meant to say changing the "channel"
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#203
Quote from x_ge0rge View Post :
I am comparing the 2.4 ghz of WRT to this Tp link model.
I used the wrong, I meant to say changing the "channel"
channel (and the amount of interference on said channel from other devices) can definitely have an impact as well.
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Quote from peter8d9 View Post :
I'll check that when I get home. It might be the same guide I've tried before. DSL is extremely annoying to get set up properly. I feel like a technology idiot despite having no issues with cable networks.
Any luck setting it up? I dont visit my in laws until 2 weeks from now to set up their uverse dsl with this router. I wanna prep myself as best possible before going in.
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#205
Bummer, the 2Wire Uverse RG has a stronger signal than the Tp-Link. What a disappointment. I have max power running and im comparing 2.4ghz to 2.4ghz. DO you think Gargoyle limits the range in anyway?
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Quote from blee1285 View Post :
Bummer, the 2Wire Uverse RG has a stronger signal than the Tp-Link. What a disappointment. I have max power running and im comparing 2.4ghz to 2.4ghz. DO you think Gargoyle limits the range in anyway?
it shouldn't. make sure you're making the comparison with the same channel (but not at the same time)
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it shouldn't. make sure you're making the comparison with the same channel (but not at the same time)
Unfortunetly, I did that. Used inSSIDer comparing the broadcast of the 2wire and then disabled the 2wire wireless and then ran the TP-Link on the same channel 6. bummer maybe I have a lemon.
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#208
Rebate check arrived today. Faster turnaround time than I was expecting.
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