When I signed up to my o2 contract I was sent this router in the post, I have to give it back at the end of the contract but in the few years I have been with them I have only had to ask to have the router replaced once.
It plugs into both the mains and the phone socket, you can then have a wired connection or wireless connection depending on how far you are from the box. I live in a small flat, and its not great connection even from the living room to the bedroom. It works really well with a wired connection. There are lights on the front to show whether you are connected to the internet, wireless, wired by ethernet, power and they seem to flash continuously on my box. One light flashes orange and the rest green.
It has a password taped on the back so only those who know it can use our internet.
The box itself is white and grey with a little white antennae and a wireless button on the side which you can use to renew the signal. Its also got a power button on the underside, which I have to turn on and off quite regularly to keep the internet speed up. On the back there are also 4 ports so that multiple computers can be plugged into the box. You can connect 12 computers wirelessly but I have never tried to do this. The most we have is 2 by wireless and 1 wired which is not a lot and it sometimes cant cope very well with that.
Its quite sturdy and has been dropped numerous times, it hasnt broken and I use the internet a lot everyday.
If I was going to buy a box I would expect more from it but as this came free from o2 I am happy to continue to use it.
We got this free when we opted for broadband connection with Karoo internet providers. I am going to be honest here, i was a bit apprehensive as the Thomson Modem is pants, however it was free so rather then look a gift horse in the mouth i thought i may aswell give it a go- i had nothing to loose.
Most of my friends had problems setting up this router, and so did i! It took me two hours but i got there in the end. The who process for setting it up is a bit sketchy, however once you do it once its like anything you wonder why you found it so hard every time there after.
What i will say is the performance is fantastic, we have three laptops connected to it and two smart phones- not all at the same time but atleast three running at once. We get really fast internet speed that has never failed us- the security protection on it is of highest standard too. You get three options no password, lowercase password and a mixture of lowercase and uppercase letters (reccomended).
Overall i am happy with my freebie, i woudnt of baught this mainly because i wasnt too confident with the brand- however after using it i would deffinately not regret parting with my money for another if need be.
I have a Thomson SpeedTouch 585 for my BeThere (www.be.com) broadband connection who lease you the router. A fairly standard offering, with wired and wireless connectivity available bolted on an ADSL2 Modem. Offers a max speed of up to 24Mb broadband, and in my case I get 12Mb broadband through my line.
The router is pretty good in sorting itself out, the setup is harmless and the router does what routers are supposed to do, run in the background and keep the internet connection up and fast. It does occasionly drop out and reconnect, probably once every few days on average, which is standard to any router I've had before. I have computers wired into the network, a network hard drive wired into the network with a network printer and laptops wirelessly connected.
All in all it is happy transferring large files between my file server and my laptops without issue and is happy playing HD content over the wireless connection.
The only one time I have had problems with the wireless connections I had to reset the wireless passwords and encryption to factory settings and just reset it, which took about 10 minutes and all happy again. The only other problem was with BT deciding they wanted to cut my phone line off.
I've had it now for almost 18 months and a very happy customer of high speed broadband for £17.50/month!
I got this as part of my Tiscali broadband deal, when we changed contract around eight months ago. The contract didn't state which modem we would get, and we weren't given any choice in the matter.
When it arrived, there were no instructions or manual enclosed with it, which I would have found helpful. As I was home alone for the day when it arrived, and being impatient, I thought I'd have a go at installing it myself, rather than waiting until the evening when my husband came home.
I'm not a computer whiz by any means, but getting it up and running was a piece of cake, I simply switched the wires from our existing modem and found the right place to put them in the top of this little beauty. Even a fool could manage that part.
The toughie was in the installation. Installation should be easy with the set-up wizard, everything is configured automatically. The only problem I faced was of my own making. In my eagerness to get started, in the middle of the configuration process I confirmed that it was wireless access that I wanted, whereas in actual fact it's just a plain old wired connection. However, I found I couldn't backtrack and just went round in circles, so I had to resort to phoning the helpdesk (in India) who managed to talk me through what to do to get it correctly configured.
For those wanting some specs:
Wireless: Simultaneous operation of IEEE 802.11b and 802.11g
4 x Ethernet (RJ45) ports (10/100BaseT HD/FD)
ADSL (RJ11) for ADSL/POTS
Temperature: 0-40 C (32-105F)
Humidity: 20% to 80%
AC Voltage: 100-240VAC (switched mode power supply).
Hope that means more to you than it does to me!
It came supplied with a new Ethernet cable and a mains lead too.
~ It's features ~
The main attraction is that it's a wireless router, although that's pretty much standard for modems nowadays. The coverage is said to be around 60 metres indoors, but I as I haven't tested it, I wouldn't know if that's accurate or not.
Wireless connection isn't a big plus for us though, as I personally don't think it's as secure. As we only have the one laptop at the moment we still use a wired connection. This is of course, would be a necessity for those using more than one pc or laptop in the home. You can apparently connect up to twelve laptops/computer wirelessly to this router, and hard wire four computers/laptops in the back via Ethernet cable.
The router is lightweight and small - smaller than the average paperback book. It's white plastic, with the front being a very light grey colour - nothing really attractive about the design of it, but it does look compact and modern.
There are five LED lights on the front: Internet, broadband, wireless, Ethernet and power. These, I'm sure, are all self explanatory.
On the top is the area where all the cables go, together with the on/off power button and another four Led lights, one for each of the four Ethernet ports, if you happen to be using that many.
The good points:
You can connect many PCs either wired or not using this router;
It's a wireless router!
The bad points:
It can take what seems ages to finally get internet access- not much good if like me you're impatient and want to check Ciao or your emails quickly;
It crashes maybe once or twice a week - more frequently than my old Sagem modem.
If you're looking to purchase this, it costs in the region of £30 online, though the price can vary, so shop around.
~ Overall ~
We've both been unimpressed with the time it takes to get connected to the internet, (probably around 90 seconds to 2 minutes, sometimes longer). In the morning before work, I tend to switch it all on, and then potter around doing other things before coming back to see if it's ready yet. So, despite the name Speedtouch, there's nothing speedy about it.
Unless we change our broadband contract though, we'll just have to take the drawbacks in our stride.
Although we stand it up, it's also wall mountable.