Recent content by Mike-48

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    Planning NAS replacement

    That indeed was my thought when I put in 4 IronWolf Pro drives last year.
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    Planning NAS replacement

    Thanks to all for comments. I think I'll replace the backup drive with a better one and try to get a few more years out of the DS414. As said, when I need a replacement, there may be something better and/or newer available.
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    Planning NAS replacement

    I am wondering about expected lifetime of my Synology DS414. It was bought in mid-2014 and the disks replaced in mid-2020 with Seagate Ironwolf Pro drives. It is connected to a UPS and has run without trouble. But sooner or later it will fail. I plan to stick with Synology, as I like the...
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    Will a new modem increase my network speed?

    Now I am puzzled again. I just now noticed that the router has its own speed test, which indicates >1000Mbps. Have I been wrong all this time, and been on the phone with Comcast for nothing? Yet I've never been able to get more than about half that out of the router, even with QoS and...
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    Will a new modem increase my network speed?

    Glad to report, the Comcast tech agreed that infrastructure should be checked at this point, and they are sending someone to do that. As to coax, the last Comcast on-site person replaced the splitter and disconnected an unused coax connection, so that's all been cleaned up. Oh, and since I...
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    Will a new modem increase my network speed?

    A few points: Connecting my laptop directly to the cable modem gave a only a slight increase -- about 590 Mbps, instead of the 450-550 I get through the modem with AI Protection on. So I am saying, it's not a router limitation. The direct connection was ONE test only. I get too nervous to leave...
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    Will a new modem increase my network speed?

    Just for the record, I swapped in the CM2050V, and that gave no increase in speed. I am in contact with Comcast Tech Support on their own forum, so I won't belabor the topic here -- but I will post any resolution. I'm not discouraging possibly helpful comments here, but I did want the helpful...
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    Will a new modem increase my network speed?

    There's also CenturyLink, but I've never met a soul who is happy with them. Comcast is quite reliable, if expensive.
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    Will a new modem increase my network speed?

    I don't mind spending the money if it doesn't become obsolescent in a year, like the previous one. That's what torqued me, buying a new modem for the service and having Comcast declare it "incompatible" soon thereafter. I like to get at least 3 years out of this stuff.
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    Will a new modem increase my network speed?

    Good suggestion - thanks. Laptop direct to modem: 591 Mbps. Laptop through router: 420-540 Mbps. I was nervous without firewall and NAT and didn't think to take >1 speed test with direct connection. Still, that's the highest download speed I've seen lately. Through the router, with nothing...
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    Will a new modem increase my network speed?

    Sorry -- my typo. It's an RT-AX86U, which has a 2.5 Gb port. I've edited the original post to fix that. Comcast says the CM-2050V is compatible. But they also say the current modem is rated to 948 Mbps. Something is throttling the current speed -- but is it Comcast? the modem? or the router?
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    Will a new modem increase my network speed?

    Comcast 1.2 Gb service > Netgear CM1150V cable modem > ASUS RT-AX86U router with Merlin firmware We signed up for 1 Gb service and I bought the Netgear modem about 14 months ago. It was the fastest Comcast voice modem available. I remember testing speed and getting 800-900 Mbps, which I thought...
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    Hints to get VPN working again

    @L&LD - Yes, I emailed cotse. They usually take a few days to respond, but this seems longer than usual. After trying Proton VPN's free service for an hour, I signed up for their "Plus" plan in their 50% off sale today. It is easy, relatively inexpensive, and WireGuard has minimal hit on my...
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    Hints to get VPN working again

    UPDATE: I signed up for ProtonVPN, and it worked right out of the box. This leads me to think that perhaps the issue is with cotse.net.
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    Hints to get VPN working again

    I am a home user struggling with a couple of issues. The first is understanding what I have available. Am I correct that the VPN available in my ASUS RT-AX86U router (and other routers, for that matter) is to protect WiFi communication between it and clients in my own LAN? and that it does not...
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