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I want a spare router, will any model do?


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#1 MickinPlymouthUK

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:41 AM

Sorry for the stupid question, but I want to buy a spare router from the local comp shop.

I'm on AOL and the router they sent me several years ago is a D-Link DSL-2640R which has worked perfectly ever since. 

But my worry is that if it packs up i'll have to wait for AOL to send me a replacement which could take a week or more and I'd be sulking offline til it arrives, which is why I want a spare ready to hand,

Must it be the exact same D-Link model or will another brand and model do?

 

PS:- I'm Win XP Home SP3


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Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:36 AM

HI, From here

Ultimate Internet connection


The DSL-2640R wireless ADSL router is an affordable high performance
ADSL router fit for homes and small offices. With integrated ADSL2/2+
supporting up to 24Mbps download speed, 802.11g wireless LAN, firewall
protection, Quality of Service (QoS) and 4-port switch, this router
provides all the essentials that a home or small office needs to
establish a secure and high-speed remote link to the outside world.

 

That isn't just a router, It is also your Internet Modem according to the specifications.

 

If it stops working You can not just replace it with a router. It would need to be re[placed with a DSL Modem and a router or another combo unit like you have.

 

A possibility would be if your computer has a dial-up modem and there is a local AOL dial up number you could use until the replacement arrives. It would be slow but better than nothing.

 

Hope this helps

Roger

 

P.S. Everybody on the internet has the same basic setup.

1. Dial-up Modem

2. Or DSL / Cable /Satellite Modem. With or without router.


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:39 AM

So shall I simply go down the shop and buy a D-Link DSL-2640R like the one I've already got?



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Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:31 AM

Hi, In some cases letting electronics sit unused is not the best thing for them. Also there is a chance that AOL would not provision that modem if you did buy it from elsewhere. I would want to check with AOL first.

 

I should also mention that I have had several Cable and DSL modems  and routers over the years. And they never went bad. The only reason I changed was for better speed.

 

I have had connectivity problems and they were all traced back to wiring in the street. Phone line went bad = Very slow DSL. Cable drop from the street to the house - TV worked and Internet didn't. A service call in both cases fixed the wiring and all was good again.

 

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 12:20 PM

Thanks, my router is working fine but if it should suddenly pack up I'd have to contact AOL and ask them to send another which could take a week or more to arrive.

That's why I want to have a backup stored away so I can simply disconnect the old one and plug in the backup with no waiting.

But as you say it's not as simple as that, I'd better ask AOL.



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Posted 25 February 2013 - 12:29 PM

It could be as simple as a swap but with AOL in the picture, maybe not.

 

Also That model may not be easy to find as it is an older model.

 

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 10:32 AM

UPDATE:- I asked AOL for a spare router and they sent me a brandnew one free on condition I renew my account with them for another 18 months which I've done..:)



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Posted 30 May 2013 - 12:08 PM

Glad you got a satisfactory solution. Thanks for letting us know how it turned out.

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