Router query

squareyes squareyes at
Sat Apr 18 06:03:48 BST 2009

Callan wrote:
> So you'd want to be asking :
> 1. Does the router handle the connection to the ISP even if no 
> computers are plugged in?
> 2. Do I need a 'driver' to use the router or will the router just 
> offer a DHCP IP Address to any device I plug in?
> 3. Do I have access to the router's control panel interface to change 
> settings if required?
> 4. Is the router locked to that ISP's network, or can you use it on 
> any network?
> 5. What brand and model number is it?
> If they can answer those questions properly, it's all good. If they 
> can't, ask for someone else in the organisation to talk to as those 
> questions aren't really all that technical.
> If they complain, just tell them that you've just bought an Asus eeePC 
> or similar from Dick Smith, and it runs a custom operating system :)
> Feel free to ask more Qs if you need.
> Cheers
> Callan
Hi all,
have checked out router HarbourIT satellite sells, it's a Netgear 
WGR614, has anyone had any experience with
this router.
Have asked the questions, and have all good answers from HarbourIT, but 
they are asking $185 for it pre-configured,
I can buy the same router from Harvey Norman for $89, so sounds like a 
very expensive "pre-configuring", as I am on a pension.
I think I should learn to do it for myself, will get no help from "Help 
Desk", no support for Linux, and I live
in a very small town North of Adelaide, so must be able to help myself, 
have 2 other locals in the process of being "converted" to Ubuntu, but 
it's me helping them (with Windows too), (blind leading the even more 
blind) so as I said I should be able to help myself if the need arises. 
HarbourIT looks like doing a lot of business in this town, only 
alternative to satellite is Telstra NextG wireless which is expensive, 
so someone in the town with a little knowledge could be useful :-)

If anyone has any experience with this router I would be most 
appreciative. Have the manual for it and it looks like it shouldn't be 
beyond me, and I could certainly use the $100 saving.
Many thanks in advance.
Take Care

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