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2.3 Networking

You can share your Internet connection with a router device. (Please do not mistaken a router for a standard hub/switch; they are quite different.) Most standard routers come wired or wireless (or both) and you'll be able to control your internal network using a router- both sharing files between workstations and the Internet.

Most standard routers are quite inexpensive these days.
Newegg.com would be a great place to start, but any electronic / tech store will suffice.
And if you're looking for the best buck on an exceptional router- you can find good stuff from site's members via the For Sale/Wanted forum; then there's eBay.

To name some of the top brands: Linksys (a Cisco brand); D-Link; Netgear; and more.

If you're looking for recommendations (and/or help), visit the site's Networking and Wireless Networking forums.

by drake See Profile
last modified: 2011-07-10 01:12:40

No, you can't.

CV provides only 1 IP address per residential account. Now, each device connected to a switch will attempt to pull an IP address simultaneously, which, of course, will not work since there's only 1 to distribute; unlike a router, which "holds" the IP address, and distributes internal IPs (e.g. 192.168.1.X) to the devices within the network allowing each device to share the Internet connection, and still operate as a switch.

This unfortunately is how the networking world operates.

See this FAQ entry:
»Optimum Online FAQ »How can I share my Optimum Online connection?

And, see a brief description by Cisco - switches vs. routers.

by Lex Luthor See Profile edited by drake See Profile
last modified: 2011-07-10 01:12:56

Yes, you can.

OOL support will probably ask you to remove the router if you call for support, but you don't have to hide the fact that you have one. It isn't frowned upon one bit and is not a violation of the ToS, so long as you're sharing to your own household.

See this FAQ to pursue:
»Optimum Online FAQ »How can I share my Optimum Online connection?

by Lex Luthor See Profile edited by drake See Profile
last modified: 2011-07-11 06:30:25

For the most part, any ethernet card rated for at least 100 Mbps will work just fine for standard, Boost, or Boost+; however, Ultra tier really requires a 1000 Mbps (or 1 Gbps) NIC as the service level as above the 1 Mbps above most 100 Mbps NICs (Ultra, rated @ 101 Mbps). Most workstations come with at least the 100 Mbps these days, so it is rarely an issue.

by Lex Luthor See Profile edited by drake See Profile
last modified: 2011-07-10 01:47:50


There are many routers that seem to work with the new OOL speeds. It is impossible to list all of them here. As new routers show that they can handle the different speed tiers, they will be added to the list. Also, some users might find that a certain router listed here does not perform as it should. Theses routers were chosen because users on the »OptimumOnline forum have stated their speeds and were considered to be in the acceptable range for OOL.

The Wired/Wireless column indicates the capability of the router and does not relate to speed.

All potential speeds are using a [wired] connection.

All "G" routers have a maximum potential wireless speed of 27 Mbps. Actual speeds will vary depending on individual circumstances. It is possible to attain 25 Mbps under ideal circumstances.

For full BOOST potential wireless speed a "N" router and card are needed.

All routers have 10/100 Mbps WAN and LAN ports.

When TCP overhead is taken into consideration (about 5 to 12%), these routers should provide at least 13 Mbps on the download side for the 15 Mbps/2 Mbps tier; and 'at least' 26 Mbps on the download side for the 30 Mbps/5 Mbps tier. Note: With the change in the download caps, users can see speeds up to 15 Mbps+ down and on BOOST 30 Mbps+ down.

Routers that are capable of 30 Mbps/5 Mbps speeds also will work with the 15 Mbps/2 Mbps tier


15 Mbps/2 Mbps Plan (now 16.5/2)

Manufacturer

Model Number

Wired/Wireless

Remarks

D-Link

DI-524

Both

.

D-Link

DI-604

Wired

.

Linksys

RTP-300

Wired

Vonage

Microsoft

MN700

Wired

.

Netgear

MR814

Both

v2. 802.11b wireless mode. Expect about 5mb on the DL side.

Netgear

WGT624

Wired

.

Netgear

WPN824 Rangemax

Both

This router is a mixed bag. So beware.There are issues with the wireless side not being able to get good speeds.Achieves high performance only when in channel-bonded mode.

NetworkEverywhere

NR041

Wired

ZyXEL

P-334WT

Wired

.

ZyXEL

X-550

Wired

.


30 Mbps/5 Mbps (BOOST) Plan (now uncapped/5)

Manufacturer

Model Number

Wired/Wireless

Remarks

Belkin

Pre-n

Both

Pre "N" Router

Belkin

F5D8231-4

Both

"N" Router

Buffalo

WHR-G125

Both

.

Buffalo

WHR-G54S

Both

.

Cisco

851

Both

$250

Cisco

871

Both

$400

D-Link

WRB-1310

Wired

.

D-Link

DGL-4100

Wired

.

D-Link

DGL-4300

Both

.

D-Link

DIR-615

Both

N Router

Linksys

BEFSX41

Wired

.

Linksys

BEFSR41

Wired

v3 or later

Linksys

RVS-4000

Wired

Gigabit LAN ports; VPN capable.

Linksys

WRT54GS

Both

.

Linksys

WRT54GX

Both

.

Linksys

WRT54G

Both

.

Linksys

WRT54GL

Both

.

Linksys

WRT150N

Both

"N" Router

Linksys

WRV 200 "Rangebooster"

Both

Netgear

WGR614

Wired

Note: Must upgrade FW to v 2.x to get BOOST Speed.

Netgear

WPNT834

Both

RangeMax 240

Netgear

FVS338

Wired

Must disable Keyword filtering; 8 LAN Ports

ZyXEL

2 Plus

Wired

$170 retail

ZyXEL

P-330W

Both

.




[thanks to Irish Shark See Profile for this FAQ.]

Feedback received on this FAQ entry:
  • I think this needs to be updated

    2014-05-12 00:51:56 (Jackarino See Profile)



by Lex Luthor See Profile edited by drake See Profile
last modified: 2011-07-10 01:13:27