Gateway Modem itself okay but landline handset phone pretty rubbish
We got this Gateway Frontier modem like most people - as existing Telstra customers transitioning from an ADSL broadband service to the FTTn NBN.
After some initial NBN installer/contractor problems where they killed off our landline and ADSL completely the change from ADSL to the NBN went pretty smoothly with this modem and the modem does revert to 4G as advertised (when the NBN network or local landline copper network goes down) and seems a relatively stable modem. The self installation process when you first get this Modem is fairly strai...ghtforward except for the landline unit setup. This modem ships without any instruction manuals and it seems every effort has gone into preventing the home user from "tinkering" or customizing this modem, although there are unofficial user guides out there that are fairly detailed. I can't speak as to the speed of this modem but its WiFi network can deal with 3 teenagers and Netflix streaming in a large 5 bedroom house although I suspect the WiFi is a bit patchy at the furthermost end of the house. This unit (for us at least) does not seem to suffer widespread "dropouts" in NBN Internet connectivity or WiFi dropout problems. There are a variety of lights on the outside of the unit that let you know what is going o,n and numerous ports on this rather large white box, but anything seriously wrong will have you calling the Telstra helpline. We have had only a few power failures but the unit seems to cope with power interruptions and restores its default service without any intervention from me or from Telstra. The only issue we have had with this modem has been the standard handset that ships with the modem, its very slow, unresponsive and fairly unreliable in operation and unreliable in maintaining its connection to the base station/main modem. I am looking at buying a proper reliable landline handset and answering machine (probably Panasonic).
Questions & Answers
I'm buying a lot of smart objects for My house and want to upgrade from this box. The only problem is I don't know what this box is. Is it a router, a modem or both
Can anyone tell me when I'm upgrading do I just need to buy a router or do I need a modem/router in one?
|Category||Routers and Modems|
|Frequency Band||Dual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)|
|Wi-Fi Standard||802.11 ac|
|DSL Support||ADSL, ADSL2 and ADSL2+|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||1|
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 year(s)|
|Release date||Feb 2017|
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