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A Minor Home Network Upgrade

Why Did I Need an Upgrade?

There have been a couple of things which have conspired to push me to making a major upgrade to my home network. These reasons included:

  • My MyBookWorld (terrabyte) was starting to run out of space,
  • The 10/100 ether net ports on the Netgear DGN2000 were starting to “fall apart”. I was getting them erroring out, not working at all, and generally “stuffing up” when trying to access the network resources.
  • I’d reached the 4 port limit on the integrated router/modem.
  • The N wireless connections were starting to get a bit flaky as well.

The summary the network was turning into a “not work”.

So with “money in hand”, time to make an upgrade.

The  Upgrade Objectives

The upgrade to the home network had a couple of objectives:

  • Make things stable again. I’ve had enough of thing working for a short while and then loosing the network mappings, or the internet.
  • Modularise the network elements. The modular design should position things so that if one elements of the network starts getting “wobbly”, I can replace that one component.
  • Make space for some more NAS storage. The 4 ports on the old router were full before I started to think about adding more NAS to the network.

The Upgrade Components

  • Replace the 10/100 hard wired/ether net parts of the network with an 8 port 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet switch (Netgear GS108). That solved the hardwired part of the networking, and made space for the next block of network storage.
  • Add an ADSL Modem (getting away from the all in one unit which was starting to get flaky). This was a Netgear DM111P.
  • Add a 802.11N Wireless Router (I connect my notebooks to the network using wireless). This was a Netgear WRN3500. The important part of this was that there it is a 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet interface out.
  • Add another 2T of NAS storage. This time I’m using a LaCie d2 Network 2 2T drive. A very solid aluminium cased piece of storage.

Outcome and Interesting Features

So far, so good. Things have been holding together. The network has been taking a “hammering” as I move stuff off the MyBookWorld and onto the LaCie drive.

Setting up the Netgear did not cause too much of a headache. The order I used was to setup the modem first, then the N router. The N router seems to have aggregated the modem (the router looks like it is controlling the modem as well). So, setting up both at once may have been possible.

Moving Files (an aside)

I’ve been using a combination of Windows Explorer, and Dos xcopy. Xcopy is something which seems to give a better degree of control over copy process, and seems to be quick (when compared to Windows Explorer). 

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Getting the Netgear DGN2000 Working at 130Mbps


This post is another in the series of blog post resulting in the upgrade to Windows 7 from Vista. The previous post in this series was Faster Wireless Network. This post deals with the finally setting up of the Netgear DGN2000 Wireless Modem Router.


Previously, I had  the modem router connecting to the Dell Notebook Wireless 1510 Wireless N WLAN Mini-Card connecting at 1Mbps (in other words as slow as treacle). This connection speed meant that I kept the Notebook connected with the Ethernet cable (not my preferred solution).

After much hunting on the internet I could not find an answer to this extremely slow connection speed.

The “Solution”

I have a Netgear Wireless G USB network adaptor which decided to test with the Netgear “Push to Connect functionality”.

image So I opened up the web page for the modem router and selected the “Add a WPS Client” function. Selected the next button and attempted to connect the USB network adaptor. What resulted was that a couple of “fails” (Windows reported failed to connect). But, finally I had a connection with the USB adaptor.

What I’d achieved at the same time was to get the Dell Mini Card to connect at N speeds at the same time. See below taken from the Windows Task Manager.



Why did it work?

I wish I new! I’ve a couple of hypothesises as to what has happened. I am certain that I tried to get the “Push To Connect” to work before and no success. So, one of the following (or a combination of them) may be the reason as to why it is not working successfully. My measure of successfully is that after a reboot the connection is re-established at the 130Mbps speed. Alternatives explanations:

  • Perseverance has been rewarded. Simply put, I finally fluked it!
  • The USB has installed something “Netgear friendly” into  the device driver stack. This is a possibility which I cannot discount.


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Faster Wireless Network?

This post is a continuation of the saga of my Windows 7 upgrade.  Previous Post – Upgrading to Windows 7 – More complicated that it should have been. This part of the saga should be the report on the successful upgrade to a new 802.11n wireless modem/router. Well, I hoping that things will sort themselves out when I reboot the machine.

The Purchase

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I’ve ended up going for a Netgear DGN2000. Setting up the modem/ADSL side of things worked fine. But having a print of the old ADSL modems setting was necessary. The set up routine had one “annoying” property, it wanted the computer doing the set up connected to the unit via an cat 6 cable. So, one mercy dash to the mall, and 5 meters of cat 6 later, I had the setup completed.

Then the fun started. Getting the wireless network link up and running. This was a real “head banger” of a problem. Sill, not quire sure how the resulting combination is correct. The UI for the modem/router for the wireless links is “less then helpful”, not sure when the setting I chose are truly active, and when they are not. The other problem is the nomenclature between windows network device setting, and the modem are not consistent.

The other problem could have been trying to make the 11n connection, while the Ethernet net connection was active (and connected). This seemed to cause problems with making the connection, and with the built-in diagnostics. The windows diagnostics, seemed to get “lost” when there was an active Ethernet connection. I finally made the connection with the Ethernet unplugged.

The Residual Problems

At the moment I’m still running on the cat 6 connection to the router, and the internet. Why? Because the wireless was giving me 1MBps transfer speed. The intention of this upgrade from and 802.11g modem/router, was to get better than 54Mbps. At the moment I’ve achieved a great step backwards, speed wise!

Hopefully, a reboot (shutdown this evening, and start up tomorrow, will resolve this problem.

I’ve had a careful browse inside the modem/router configurations and nothing looks like it should be switched. The logs do not show anything “wrong”, so if the reboot does not fix the problem it will be some trawling the internet for clues.

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