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BT announces new plan to have customers return routers after contracts end
by Paul Hill
BT has announced that it will introduce a charge of £50 for new customers that don’t return their router at the end of the contract. The firm also owns EE and Plusnet and is planning to bring a similar charge to those services. While customers may not like the idea of a fine, they may be glad that the scheme will cut down on old router clutter, BT will also be able to properly deal with the waste which is good for the environment.
Under the new scheme, BT will charge customers between £43 and £50 if they want to keep their router, the pricing depends upon the model of the device. Customers with the BT YouView set-top box will be charged between £60 and £115 if they choose to keep their hardware. While the change hasn’t seen BT reduce its monthly subscription rates, it has said that customers will not have to pay the charge upfront.
If you don’t use the post office much and concerned about how you return the device, BT will send customers a padded envelope to put the router in. Alternatively, customers can drop off their equipment at a BT or EE shop on their local high street. The firm believes that one million set-top boxes and routers will avoid the landfill thanks to this charge.
Commenting on the news, a spokesperson said:
Critics of the initiative said it would be more environmentally friendly if firms worked towards interoperability between their routers so that customers could go on using their older hardware. With that method, however, customers with aging hardware would likely miss out on important security updates and experience hardware faults as the device ages and deteriorates.
Source: Financial Times Via: BBC News
By The Dark Knight
New home server build! Low power, whisper quiet and powered on 24/7.
AMD Athlon 200GE based system, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 60GB SSD, 1.65TB HDD storage (1TB + 650GB), Corsair 450W power supply. Onboard LAN plus additional TP-Link NIC, both Realtek chipsets.
Running Windows 10 Pro. Didn't want Linux as a base as I'm just a beginner in Linux. Windows, I know. If anything goes wrong, I can deal with it easily.
Hyper-V configured with 3 VM's as of now - OPNsense for my router, OpenMediaVault for file access and sharing across network and Ubuntu Server. Still figuring out what to run on Ubuntu. Might start with migrating Pi-hole over to this VM from my RPi so that I can use that Pi for something else. Also serving music to my RPi based music player in the living room and any other device via Samba shares. I had initially planned to also host my personal website from home, but after reading about the risks (DDoS especially) I've decided not to and continue paying for professional hosting.
Shout out to @BudMan through whom I got to know about pfSense. Otherwise I would have never known that it was even possible to basically make your own router! I finally went with OPNsense though (fork of pfSense) as I simply love the GUI. Mouth opened and fell to the floor looking at the feature set of these router operating systems! Correctly configured, they can seriously blow the pants off any commercially available home router!
In all my research on the router OS I did see practically everyone recommending Intel network cards as they work very well with FreeBSD (the base OS of pfSense and OPNsense). But so far, I have had zero issues with my Realtek based NIC's. I've yet to stress test the network though, so will then see how these NIC's fare compared to Intel. But currently, only me and my wife are pushing gig on the LAN, other family members usage is very low.
Just after some recommendations for a modem / router with a really good inbuilt firewall - I'd like to be able to block specific IP addresses as well as a full range of IP addresses = EG: 18.104.22.168 to 192.168.0.20
Modem running as first router on 192.168.0.1 with DHCP on (mask 255.255.255.0 address range 10-254). Second router wired to first on 192.168.0.2 with DHCP off, in router mode. Internet works for clients attached to either router.
However, I want to be able to connect to either router from any client. File sharing across clients on different router seems to also drop. When I make a change to the configuration (IP address, DNS server, gateway, etc.) the second router is visible from clients on the first (it shows up in "arp -a"). After some time, the router IP, 192.168.0.2 just drops off the list (can't ping it, can't login to admin). I am still able to login to the router if I'm connected to it directly, but it is really annoying that I can't see it within the 192.168.0.x network and not having file sharing is a no starter. Also, when I'm on the second router, I can see the first router and a PC I'm trying to file share with. However, the files are inaccessible but the Internet is fine.
If it is supposed to do this, I don't get it. If it is not supposed to do it, I have no idea what is causing it.
By Timi Cantisano
Razer's Sila is tri-band AC3000 gaming router priced at $249.99
by Timi Cantisano
Razer is known for its many gaming products so it only seems natural that it would release its own router. Today, the firm has done just that, announcing its new Sila gaming router.
Like many of its products, this is aimed at gamers looking for the best performance. Not only will this router deliver excellent speeds, but it will also have the ability to "prioritize your applications for smooth wireless gaming performance".
The router is capable of making this a possibility with its Razer FasTrack engine, which can "prioritize bandwidth when too many applications or devices are in use". If you want to make things easy, you can just pop the router into Game Mode and let it handle the prioritizations itself and even have the router prioritize hardware like game consoles and PCs. According to Razer, the router can also increase Wi-Fi signal strength by operating on "normally-restricted bandwidth frequencies".
Like many high-end routers, you can purchase and combine up to three Razer Sila units together in a group to create a Mesh network. This will allow you to get the best performance and signal strength if you are using the router in a larger space that may have dead areas. Three Sila units will be able to cover up to 9,000 feet.
The Razer Sila does also have an iOS and Android app that will allow for easy customizations. If interested, the router is now available from the Razer website and will cost $249.99. For a limited time, the firm is offering free shipping.
Source: Razer via The Verge