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Pipex anygood?

Discussion in 'Networking & NAS' started by ubik, Jun 16, 2003.

  1. ubik

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    I am thinking of getting the Pipex extreme solo package.
    Setup inc a Alcatel 330 adsl usb modem and 2 filters is £60 and then £20 a month after.
    I can only get a 512 pipe.
    Has anyone else got this?
    any thoughts?
    Also how bad is it not having a static ip?
    I use my rig for dual booting as a test server etc.
    But i would use XP prof for adsl for games etc
     
  2. nathan_silly

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    I have Pipex DSL (I get 576K) I would get a router, not the modem..with the modem you need a host PC, drivers, firewall s/w. With a router- no host PC, no drivers, and built-in firewall (NAT/VPN)

    You only need static IP for a FTP server really, for normal use it doesn't matter.
     
  3. Taz

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    Phoned support earlier, straight through no waiting at all... top stuff!
     
  4. ubik

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    thanks nathan,
    what router do you recommend (must be cheap)
    Is the firewall really that secure, more so than say zone alarm.
    Can you program it like cisco ones?
     
  5. narabdela

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    Definately recommend Pipex. Fit and forget. Agree with the silly man though, get a router, much more flexible. I see them advertised for as low as £45 nowadays.

    :smashin: :smashin:
     
  6. nathan_silly

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    I have a Netgear DG814, not sure how much they sell for now (got it about a year ago for £110)

    It's not as configurable as Zone Alarm, however you don't expect a router, 4 network ports, and built-in high level firewall to be cheap (you can get professional routers with proper firewall features but these cost a bomb)

    I've had no problems with hackers. Run all the tests, all ports are stealth, and my three PC's IP address's can't be seen on the WAN.

    I've run Zone Alarm just to check, no reports of the NAT on the DG814 being hacked. Never used a Cisco router.

    A mate had the Frog modem- he was getting several hundred attacks a day (also needed to firewall s/w to be enabled) I let him use my router for a few hours- he now wants to replace the frog with a router.

    Good thing with routers, it's totally stand-alone. If you have a USB modem connected to the host PC- if you reboot the host PC the other PC's on the network will loose the internet connection. Not with a router, all are seperate and are directly connected to the router. I can also copy files from one PC to the other (I would have needed a network hub to do this, if I went down the USB modem)

    No drivers, it'll work regardless of OS (what will you do if driver support is stopped for a USB modem?) You just point it to the DNS server (the router) and that'll share the WAN/LAN out. So you can connect Linux/Win95/XP PC's no problem.

    That's Mr Silly to you matey!! :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:

    :p

    Oh download the DG814 manual to help you out (latest firmware is 4.7, which I have flashed to)

    http://www.netgear.com/support/support_details.asp?dnldID=367

    Another thing- we noticed the router had a better ping rate, and it used no CPU utilization (USB had poorer ping, and used some CPU timing)

    We played a couple of deathmatch games. I kicked his ass! :)
     
  7. Taz

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    :smashin: :smashin: :smashin:

    Pipex for me and there very good
     
  8. Azrikam

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    I've got Pipex and have had very minimal problems. For a while our connection would cut out a lot, but that seems to have been sorted.

    I've heard you can be waiting quite some time if you call their customer service, but since I haven't had to (had it for almost a year now), I'm not complaining.
     
  9. Peace

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    :smashin:

    I'm with Pipex over a year now and that time it was free to connect.
    Top speed and no problems.

    Peace
     
  10. narabdela

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    Apologies.

    :p :p
     
  11. ubik

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    Thanks for all the feed back guys,
    Pipex it is.
    I have emailed them to see if I can just squeeze a little more out of them.
    I am going the router "route" £90 +vat but with 2 free nics.
    I dont really need it as it is just me/one machine using it.
    but as i use a hub for my test network anyway for the extra £60 +the peace of mind for the extra firewall I can just about justify it.
     

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