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Dead WiFi? (Billion 7404VNPX)
WetWired
Brisbane, Queensland
6091 posts
So I've just come back from a weeks holiday and turned all my electronics back on to find my wifi isn't working on my router (ethernet\internet access is fine though)

I've reboot it a couple of times, changed channels, security options and I get nothing, nothing showing up on my devices and no wireless light on my the router. Anyone got any suggestions to fix it?
09:49am 29/10/12 Permalink
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scuzzy
Brisbane, Queensland
15489 posts
Was it surge protected? (Assuming main device works, and just wifi component is gone)
09:54am 29/10/12 Permalink
Hogfather
Cairns, Queensland
12984 posts
Factory reset an option?
09:57am 29/10/12 Permalink
WetWired
Brisbane, Queensland
6092 posts
yeah the power board it's on has surge protection, everything has been off at the wall for the past week anyway.
09:57am 29/10/12 Permalink
parabol
Brisbane, Queensland
7328 posts
nothing showing up on my devices and no wireless light on my the router. Anyone got any suggestions to fix it?

Assuming a factory reset doesn't resolve the problem, then you've just experienced the downside of Billion routers - they degrade and die! Usually wireless becomes flaky and then doesn't work, then random ADSL disconnects, then router reboots/hangs, then problems booting up.

I have two dead 7404VGOX routers on my bookshelf that have both separately gone through all stages of degradation (both been behind expensive surge protectors too), as well as an earlier 7401 model. Rule of thumb is that if you get a Billion router then you should get a separate wireless AP upfront and then be ready to replace the Billion after about 2 years anyway.

Such a shame, their routers have such great features and are a pleasure to use in the first year.
10:12am 29/10/12 Permalink
WetWired
Brisbane, Queensland
6093 posts
Just did a factory reset and restore, no dice :(
10:37am 29/10/12 Permalink
WetWired
Brisbane, Queensland
6094 posts
Looks like Billion has a 2 year warranty which mine runs out next month, problem is I'd have to send it away for repairs and I don't know if it's worth the hassle of being netless

Any recomendations for a replacement? needs VOIP
10:39am 29/10/12 Permalink
skythra
Brisbane, Queensland
6165 posts
Send it away, buy new one anyway, get it back and sell the replaced/fixed one as refurbished on ebay.
10:41am 29/10/12 Permalink
WetWired
Brisbane, Queensland
6095 posts
good call, recommendations for a replacement?
10:46am 29/10/12 Permalink
TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
5164 posts
Fritzbox! I upgraded from BIlion 7404 VNPX to the Fritzbox 7390, i get better connection speeds around 3mbps more and VoIp is clearer and wifi goes further than the 7404.


http://www.fritzbox.com.au/product-fritz-wlan7390.html
10:53am 29/10/12 Permalink
WetWired
Brisbane, Queensland
6096 posts
How many ethernet ports does that thing have?
11:07am 29/10/12 Permalink
scuzzy
Brisbane, Queensland
15490 posts
Connectivity page mang, "4 gigabit Ethernet connections"
11:11am 29/10/12 Permalink
WetWired
Brisbane, Queensland
6097 posts
don't use your internet skills on me
11:13am 29/10/12 Permalink
TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
5165 posts
yeah it has 4gigabit etherent ports also can you use 1 as WAN port so it supports 100mb Fibre down the track, can also use one of the LAN ports and wifi as "Guest" which means user can access your internet but not your network
12:12pm 29/10/12 Permalink
Mass
Brisbane, Queensland
1280 posts
Just replaced my 7404VNOX that the DSL died in with a 7800VDOX, its the best Billion I've had yet, fastest and most stable DSL I've had. I got a replacement 7404VNOX under warranty aswell so I have a good backup router now.
12:40pm 29/10/12 Permalink
Twisted
Brisbane, Queensland
11759 posts

The Billion guy on Whirlpool is pretty active. You could always hit him up. Quentin or whatever his name is.
01:30pm 29/10/12 Permalink
crazymorton
Brisbane, Queensland
3521 posts
I heartily endorse Fritzbox.

Great UI as well.
03:11pm 29/10/12 Permalink
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