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SwissCom Modem choices

Hello all,

So, we are finally moving in to our new Apartment in Uster from the UK at the weekend, after being here 4 weeks without home internet access I'm a bit starved!

I have decided to go for SwissCom... mostly because:

a) the apartment does not have CableCom
b) SwissCom has Cbeebies (Children are 3 and 1)

I have considered GGA Maur, but decided to pay a little more for SwissCom.

The Swisscom guys on the phone tell me that I will need a VDSL modem or a fibre compatible one, but I really really do not like the sound of the SwissCom WLAN one for 149CHF (100CHF discount if ordered online).

Does anyone know what WLAN protocol it uses? n? g? I bloody well hope it's n for the price as lack of 1000Mbps LAN is a serious mistake.

Anyhow, can anyone help me choose a proper alternative. I'm coming in from the UK, where even ADSL2+ was a distant pipedream in my little rural area, so i've never heard of VDSL, or even seen fibre!!

I consider myself to be quite techie, so no need to dumb it down for me!

I would like wireless-n and gigabit ethernet and of course compatibility with SwissCom.

Thanks in advance!

Si
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Old 27.08.2012, 11:43
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Re: SwissCom Modem choices

I don't understand the problem. If you want Swisscom as your internet provider you should get a VDSL/W-Lan router for free anyway.
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Re: SwissCom Modem choices

If for some silly reasons I don't understand you won't get this router you can always get it here at Ricardo for a few bucks:

http://www.ricardo.ch/search/search....NavBarSearch=1

At the time I switched to Swisscom/Internet the free router was not wireless so I simply got my W-Lan router at Ricardo for 30 bucks or so.
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Re: SwissCom Modem choices

Thanks for the reply.

Currently the WLAN modem from Swisscom is not free, it's 249CHF, but if you sign up online you get a 100CHF discount.

I do not like the features of this modem, and can find no specifications for the wireless. The reviews on the swisscom website are less than complimentary too.

In short, I would like to spend the same money on something with better specifications

Thanks for the link, I'll take a look.
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Currently the WLAN modem from Swisscom is not free, it's 249CHF, but if you sign up online you get a 100CHF discount.
Don't buy it.
Swisscom normally will give you a VDSL modem as part of their service, at no charge. (I say normally because it is sometimes dependent on what service you subscribe to)

The Internet service appears at an Ethernet port

Then buy your favourite WiFi Router from your favourite shop, or use your existing WiFi router. Simply plug the WiFi router into the Swisscom modem Ethernet port. Thats all you have to do.
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Re: SwissCom Modem choices

I guess you choosed the Vivo casa package which gives you a discount for the first six months.

Now, if we are talking abount free routers and stuff it of course always depends on the duratation of your contract (should be 24 months but I didn't check it).

They don't give away this stuff just for free for anybody, but if you choose a package like that it should be involved.
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Re: SwissCom Modem choices

I dunno why, but I don't think we ever payed for any routers Swisscom gave us. So far we've had 2 ISDN Motorola ones, and the newer analog Centro Grande one. All free (though admittedly, the later 2 were free because the technician who came over to fix our internet changed them).

As per choice, you have none. Literally. I have looked for a modem/router that will work, and I haven't found anything remotely reasonably priced. Your best bet is to set up your Swisscom modem/router, and use it as a modem only, connecting it to a real router. You can get a lot more configured if you telnet into the swisscom box, but it's not everyone piece of cake.

Just my 2 very late cents.

PS: with the speeds you'll get from Swisscom, gigabit switching will be only useful if you have a solid internal network.
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Re: SwissCom Modem choices

The WLAN modem is free. But for your childrens sake keep to LAN
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I dunno why, but I don't think we ever payed for any routers Swisscom gave us. So far we've had 2 ISDN Motorola ones, and the newer analog Centro Grande one. All free (though admittedly, the later 2 were free because the technician who came over to fix our internet changed them).

As per choice, you have none. Literally. I have looked for a modem/router that will work, and I haven't found anything remotely reasonably priced. Your best bet is to set up your Swisscom modem/router, and use it as a modem only, connecting it to a real router. You can get a lot more configured if you telnet into the swisscom box, but it's not everyone piece of cake.

Just my 2 very late cents.

PS: with the speeds you'll get from Swisscom, gigabit switching will be only useful if you have a solid internal network.
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Old 12.09.2012, 20:37
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Re: SwissCom Modem choices

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The WLAN modem is free. But for your childrens sake keep to LAN
I agree, don't use WLAN or wireless (DECT) home phones at home with children around, it's not good for their brain development.
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Re: SwissCom Modem choices

I couldn't find a replacement, tried a few Ethernet Routers with PPOE etc but I assume they were missing some NTU logic or similar.
The whole Swisscom setup is bizarre. E.g. You have to configure the router through their website.
Will follow with interest.....
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Re: SwissCom Modem choices

I have a swisscom centro piccolo LAN modem with 3 switches attached. The switches lead off to around 6 other appliances.
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I couldn't find a replacement, tried a few Ethernet Routers with PPOE etc but I assume they were missing some NTU logic or similar.
The whole Swisscom setup is bizarre. E.g. You have to configure the router through their website.
Will follow with interest.....
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I agree, don't use WLAN or wireless (DECT) home phones at home with children around, it's not good for their brain development.
You have any data on that?
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Re: SwissCom Modem choices

Well Iwould certainly not sleep next to a WLAN router.
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I have a swisscom centro piccolo LAN modem with 3 switches attached. The switches lead off to around 6 other appliances.
Err your point is? I had this setup too, layer 2 bridging blah....
At least with the Picolo Grande I removed some of it. It is still a joke though.

My understanding is that the OP does not want to use the Swisscom clunkers and I don't blame him.
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Err your point is? I had this setup too, layer 2 bridging blah....

My understanding is that the OP does not want to use the Swisscom clunkers and I don't blame him.
My thread was nothing about that!
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Re: SwissCom Modem choices

Theres no " point " here. It's just to explain my setup. Nothing more.
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Err your point is? I had this setup too, layer 2 bridging blah....
At least with the Picolo Grande I removed some of it. It is still a joke though.

My understanding is that the OP does not want to use the Swisscom clunkers and I don't blame him.
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Now I see the point. All good
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Re: SwissCom Modem choices

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You have any data on that?
Not at hand, but I have read enough about it in the past to take the issue seriously.
Just google it as this is off-topic in this thread anyway.
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