View Full Version : The REAL Modem Manufacturers
09-08-2003, 12:05 PM
Marconi manufactures nothing.
They buy our modems from a company called Lectron in Taiwan.
Check these out and see if you see something familiar:
To top this all off they cost less than $25 each. Landed with freight these cost Marconi around R200. They prob pay about $20 each because of volume.
09-08-2003, 12:43 PM
Anyone notice that an Upgradable Firmware is listed as a feature. So far I haven't been able to find a firmware file anywhere on the Internet for these modems, not even the firmware it ships with.
Reminds me of the days Telkom use to sell Turbo Access ISDN modems with ISDN accounts. The Turbo Access modems were rebranded EICON modems, at least back then the Eicon modems were quality modems, not anything like the Marconi boxes Telkom calls modems.
I personally have switched to a Netgear DG814 Router and couldn't be happier.
09-08-2003, 01:29 PM
DarkSkies, what firmware are you running on your DG814? I am on V4.8 dated July 9, 2003
09-08-2003, 01:34 PM
im using the marconi adsl ethernet modem and it was hanging like everyday about 3times and since about a week ago it stopped never hangs anymore but could u plz send me the firmware for the modem
09-08-2003, 03:48 PM
Using firmware 4.8 as well. First thing I did when I got the modem was to update the firmware. Currently running with no problems, besides the Telkom bandwidth shaping. [:D]
09-08-2003, 05:40 PM
If you want the marconi firmware send me ur email addr.
09-08-2003, 05:49 PM
And the funny thing is i've seen lots and lots of remote DoS vulnrabilities for all the above mentioned ADSL routers :)
09-08-2003, 10:08 PM
10-08-2003, 11:41 AM
<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by ItalicBold</i>
<br />If you want the marconi firmware send me ur email addr.
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Yes Please, but where do I send it?
You have disable email in your account [;)]
10-08-2003, 12:10 PM
Can someone please email me the firmware update for Telkom/Marconi ADSL Router POTS. Thanx! frikv
11-08-2003, 07:39 AM
Can some1 please email me the firmware update for Telkom/Marconi ADSL Router POTS. Thanks! Mike
12-08-2003, 05:18 PM
E-mail me through the forums, or post your addresses below.
12-08-2003, 08:14 PM
email@example.com, if you don't mind.
13-08-2003, 07:30 AM
firstname.lastname@example.org thanks a lot!
Hi ItalicBold - pls send me the firmware as well - email@example.com
18-08-2003, 12:36 PM
*Reposting this here as it is very relevant*
OK here im my experience using a "Marconi" modem
I have a AR800AM Ethernet ADSL router.
After hours and hours of scouring adsl sites and shops I found it based on what it looks like. These are in fact manufactured by an indian company called Dax Networks. Here is a link to the product on their site.
As you can see(If you have one) the modem is identical. I got them to email me the user manual and that is identical as well. It is in fact the same modem. It is also, in fact, a total peice of crap.
I decided to get a ethernet router/modem for ease of use and installation. These things are supposed to do NAT for you and handle all the dialup stuff. The telkom guys dumped it here and tested it using a "dialup connection" from their laptop and verified that everything was fine. In fact what they did was use the modem as a PPPoE device (PPP over ethernet). After spending some time with the support people on the phone I realised they had no clue as to how to set it up other than as a dial up device so I went about setting it up myself. The reason I got an ethernet modem was because I wanted it to route and dial for me not so that I could pay more.
Once set up the modem seemed to work ok, albiet that it had obscure terms like PAT for the NAT set up. Problem is it kept on crashing, and I had to keep rebooting it every now and again. Started crashing after about 18 hours and then every few hours after that. I noticed that the device got very hot so I assumed something was wrong with it and had telkom swap it out. (PS it does not handle LCP ip change requests very well, this is what telkom uses to cycle your ip)
My new modem had the same problem. Eventually I decided to hook it up to my linux machine and use it as a PPPoE device. The modem ran a lot cooler and has not given me a problem since.
<ul><li>This router is broken (by design)</li>
<li>It should not be used as a router but as a modem. (as telkom seems to want you to use it)</li>
<li>If used as a router (the reason you pay for it) it overheats and crashes.</li>
<li>If used as a router it does not handle LCP(line control protocol) requests well and crashes.</li>
<li>If you need a router/modem solution get something else. Otherwise just get a cheaper USB version.</li>
<li>Ripped off again, thank you Telkom.</li></ul>