More Issues with Demon Broadband

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by CJB, Sep 12, 2006.

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    Jim Guest

    If you had been involved with I.T. for 'Years' you would not be calling a
    LAN port an 'Internet Port'
    Forget the USB modem, put it on the shelf as 'backup material', or bin it
    and go and get yourself an 'All in one' ADSL Modem/Router with or without
    wifi (I would recommend you get Wifi, as you are then future proof if you
    decide to use wireless later on. I recommend something along the lines of a
    Netgear DG834G. This will serve all your needs, ie a connection that is
    always on, a four port router to connect to your laptop LAN port, and more
    importantly a hardware firewall to protect you from the range of threats
    waiting to screw your laptop (and any other computers you choose to

    If you are interested I have fitted over 100 Netgear DG834G units this year.
    They are rock solid in use and the wifi is one of the best for range on the


    Jim, Sep 13, 2006
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    Bob Eager Guest

    Although it isn't necessarily the best solution, he seems ignorant of
    USB hubs too.
    Bob Eager, Sep 13, 2006
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    NoNeedToKnow Guest

    If you had spotted another post made by CJB, you'd see that that was how
    the port had been labelled on the router. For all I know he could have had
    20 years as a database administrator, so for all those with chuckles about
    his comment of being in IT, remember it's a big field and some are better
    with some parts than with others. Algol 68, anyone? No, didn't think so!
    (and for that matter, Pascal and a few other languages might not be too
    familiar to *all readers*, either... leaves scope for some know-it-alls to
    say "Oh yes, I know those programming languages and ..." :)

    Seems likely it was a router for someone using a cable network (and lots of
    people will have seen "Broadband Router" and not noticed no mention of
    any ADSL compatibility, so bought the wrong unit... both newsgroups have
    had plenty of such posts over the years, and no doubt others 'got it wrong'
    who never posted in those groups... Heck, I have been close to buying the
    wrong kit a few times, when I saw what looked to be a 'great bargain' :)

    Well worth knowing. OTOH, depending on his needs, cable works well from a
    simple, cheap, 4-port router, such as the Safecom model sold on the web at (marked as a 5-port because they count that
    darned USB port). With cable, one can see an LED illuminated when the
    PC is connected, whereas with wireless, one can see little to prove that
    a connection works. So yes, the Netgear might be fine, but equally there
    are various options available (for one example, I just bought a WAP unit at
    9.99 inc VAT and delivery, which could be on a simple timeswitch to lock
    out the teenagers' PCs from 23:30 to 06:30 each night :)) (OK, some
    of the combined models have schedules to lock out protocols or PCs at
    different times, but a removable wireless unit is foolproof/hackproof!!)
    NoNeedToKnow, Sep 13, 2006
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    steve Guest

    Having used some very old programming languages I must be a "know it
    all". I think part of the problem is that the term IT didn't exist
    steve, Sep 13, 2006
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    Conor Guest

    Butter toffee...has to be.
    Conor, Sep 13, 2006
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    Conor Guest

    Conor, Sep 13, 2006
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    Jaxtraw Guest

    I think the term was probably invented by almost forgotten Tory minister
    Kenneth Baker for National Information Technology Year 1982. He was Minister
    For Giant Electronic Brains And Teletypes back then, a considerable
    political achievement for a snail. Does anyone else remember that? No? Okay


    Jaxtraw, Sep 13, 2006
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    Paul Herber Guest

    It's all relative. In 25 years time the kids will be having a good
    laugh at our current attempts at hi-tech.
    Paul Herber, Sep 13, 2006
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