reply to annoyingrob
Re: I have had enough with this I tried getting an ALU several times before, but had no luck. I even went as far as calling up the representatives and giving them the model number.
So, got the Speedtouch on Friday, hooked it up this weekend, and am satisfied with the results. Set up an old G1 DL360 I had lying around as a router, threw a USB card in it, plugged in a USB wifi dongle, got the network set up with DHCP, DNS caching, IPv6 tunneling, wireless access point, and some other stuff. Speeds have been a solid 14.25/0.8mbit which was what I was getting with the old Actiontec. Speed tests showed latency of ~30ms. How that compares to my old Actiontec I'm not sure.
The internet is hugely faster just due to the fact that dns queries are being cached and handled locally. I'm not sure why the Actiontec would seem to drop half of its DNS requests, and go un-responsive but now that I can fix the problem myself I'm happy.
Another plus, having control over the DNS server, I can create some forwarding zones for netflix