Well, my new all singing iMac is now installed and is up and running. A superb machine, and I am delighted with it. Installed Lion yesterday, so all up to date. I also persuaded VM to provide me a 20mb connection without TV or phone, and that is being installed this Wednesday. BUT!
Went shopping yesterday for a decent cable router / wireless modem combo and discovered that VM lock the unit they provide (a rather basic Netgear unit) to the line.
This means you can not use a decent wireless router with their BB. The day's when they gave you a little black modem are gone. This annoys me no end, as I want a router with far better spec. than the one they provide.
Anyone else got one of the tower like units they provide, and how does it perform? I can put a range booster on it I suppose, but really wanted something better!
Set one of the black Netgears up for a Virgin Media customer of mine about 4 months ago when VM decided that her old white "cheeseblock" router should have been recalled 2 years ago. We had already bought a new Belkin wireless router for it and the VM engineer suggested we continued to use it because the most regular complaints about the combined Netgear router modem are the wireless signal dropping out and blind spots.
Simply, as alan14 says, disable the wireless on the Netgear. There`s a button if I remember correctly but I also disabled it in the router management when I reset the passwords and SSID - they still send these out with default admin passwords to access the management function.
The one I saw was a Netgear VMDG290 and I`m looking at one right now. Wifi LED and it's on / off button is at the top underneath the padlock button. It comes with a random SSID, passphrase and WPS PIN but the router management (192.168.0.1) is set to admin and "changeme" which from a security point of view is pretty naff!
Better check that it's the same model still in use but I can`t see a problem.