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Telkom Mega 105WR router


When you sign up for a 2 year contract with Telkom’s DoBroadband ADSL offering, you get a free router as part of the deal. If you take the 4mb/s package, which is the most expensive, you get a Billion router with wi-fi, along with all the other bells and whistles you can expect from a decent brand name. If you take the cheaper packages though, you get the Mega 105WR, made on contract by a company called 2C Telecoms. This company is responsible for manufacturing a range of routers, but also physical phone receivers, as well as POTS filters and other devices.

The Mega 105 is compatible with ADSL2, had 4 ethernet ports, Wi-Fi, and also a USB connection for people who would want to dial up that way. When we got the router as part of the package mentioned in one of my earlier posts here, I was initially let down by the fact that we were getting the Mega router. I had believed that we were going to get the Billion, as I would have preferred a name brand. Also, I had read many a report of issues with the Mega router such as locking up, weak wi-fi signal and other bizarre incidents. I shouldn’t have let these things bias me before even testing the product, but such is how things are when you deal with Telkom. Fear and distrust.

After the trials and tribulations mentioned in the above linked post, the adsl had been working solidly for a month now. The router had behaved well, only needing to be rebooted twice due to lock ups. In both those cases I could still surf the net but couldn’t access the router configuration page, which is s fairly sure sign the router has run out of memory.

What I have to admit here is that I have been rather suprised by this device. It’s worked well, and had actually got more features than I had previously thought. The web interface is clean, and while not perfectly laid out, does a much better job of it than a Microcom router I had worked with before. It even has VPN passthrough, which is quite nice. Just wish I had an external source to test from, so I could learn how to actually use a VPN properly. For any home user, the router has just about every feature you could ever want or even need. Indeed, few people would even really scratch the surface of the device.

Here is a picture of the web interface: (click the image for a larger picture) router1

 

 

 

 

 

 The router also supports ADSL “bridge” mode, so it can be with Linux firewalls for example, to let the firewall directly “dial” the connection.

Overall, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by this device, and that is a first for Telkom. I would’t hesitate to suggest that people get this router if they area home user with average needs.

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  1. March 8, 2009 at 18:47

    When I coonect to a VPN I get an error 721. I am able to connect via my data card. I think the routers firewall is not allowing the connection to go through. Would you possibly know how to allow this connection to got through?

    • astraltraveller
      March 10, 2009 at 21:50

      Hi there

      Some research shows me that this appears when you try to use the PPTP protocol for your VPN. Since it works fine on your data card, it more or less rules out the other end of the VPN. I’ve never connected to a VPN myself, but I think what you need to do is temporarily disable NAT and the firewall on the adsl connection, then try to connect. If that works, try again with NAT on, firewall on, then off etc.. until you hit the right combination. Maybe also try enabling uPnP on the router, long shot but it may help.

      You may also want to try and use the router in it’s bridge mode, so that the pc controls everything. I unfortunately don’t know what else to configure, as without a VPN I can’t play with the router myself.

  2. dryburn.macbook
    July 12, 2010 at 22:13

    hi how do you put the router into briged mode? thanks man

  3. July 15, 2010 at 23:43

    how do i turn on my UPnP ( UNIVERSAL PLUG AND PLAY )

  4. Brett
    July 25, 2010 at 23:32

    Hi

    Helpfull review – thanks.
    What speed can the Mega 105WR handle? If I upgrade my package will I need to buy a new router?

  1. December 16, 2009 at 17:34

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