on 27-01-2016 05:43 PM
I want to buy a router that will provide an upgrade path for future fibre connectivity. I've done some research and I think the DGN2200v4 will provide this. However, I thought I'd post the question(s) to clear up any misunderstanding on my part.
I understand that current ADSL routers such as the NetGear DGN2200v4 will have something like 4 ethernet LAN ports, one of which can behave as a WAN port. This WAN port accepts an ethernet cable providing the fibre connection. See page 11 and 14 of the DGN2200v4 manual for example.
So my questions, in the South African context, are:
thanks in advance!
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on 27-01-2016 08:27 PM
I have a Netgear DGN2200v4 although I am just using it for straight forward ADSL at the moment, more is not yet available in my area, but I had the exact same thought pattern. Future proof. I'll see what I can answer of your questions:
03-02-2016 03:27 PM - edited 03-02-2016 03:30 PM
1) Yes. You generally won't have to deal with the actual fiber connection and most of the time you'll be handed a basic router that converts the fiber connection to Ethernet, which you can then feed into your router or proxy server to serve internet to your home network.
2) Buy an access point instead. You can look at something like the ASUS N55U-C1, which supports ADSL 2+ and has a WAN port, but it's best to separate your router and your modem so you can upgrade either part separately. It's also somewhat of a redundancy plan, because if your router is functional but your modem dies, you can replace the modem without interrupting the LAN traffic. If you're looking for a router, get one that supports 802.11ac and uses the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands on different antenna. TP-Link makes the Archer C5 AC1200, which I'm currently using for my hardware reviews.
3) Yep, you get a fibre "modem". That's the router your service provider gives you. You can buy one yourself, but usually the one your ISP recommends has been tested and validated to work with their network.
If you haven't considered doing so before, I'd also recommend that you upgrade your LAN speed to gigabit (1Gb/s) and not fast Ethernet (100Mb/s). Having a gigabit LAN eases the pains of running a network on fast Ethernet which is ten times slower, especially when you might have multiple people accessing a NAS, networked printers, streaming media from something like Plex, sharing files, or backing up to a local server, all at the same time.