View Poll Results: Did you get in on this $10 router deal today

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  • Yes, and I bought Pre Plus or Pixi Plus today too!

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  • Yes, and I'm not even a Verizon Wireless customer!

    6 42.86%
  • Yes, but I already have Verizon Wireless phones.

    1 7.14%
  • No soup for me!

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  1.    #1  
    A router for 20 bucks, (from Verizon Wireless)

    Hello everyone,

    Today is the first day that Verizon is selling the Pre/Pixi Plus smartphones, but someone mentioned that they saw an Ethernet/WiFi router/switch over there for $20, so I went over to investigate the deal.

    It turns out to be a Westell 7501 router, which is WiFi with two SSIDs, a 4 port switch, and a single USB 1.1 port (for printer sharing, etc). On DSL Reports this was described as the same as a Westell 7500 Modem/Router, but without the DSL modem.

    This looks like it might be a very nice router for anyone who has an Airave, or anyone who has VoiP wi-fi handsets as it has QoS for VoIP applications and two SSIDs.

    Here's a link to Westell's marketing page for this router. On that page there are 3 links to some small PDF files describing some of the typical setups.

    Datasheet
    UMA HomeZone Application Note
    Voice QoS Gateway Application Note

    I'm guessing this is one of the two model numbers:
    (more than likely the second as Verizon's stock usually isn't that old)
    • A90-750014-07
    • A90-750115-07

    If you look on the support page and enter the above model numbers, it looks like these might be running Linux (which would be a departure from what I'm used to seeing in Westell modems/routers.)

    THE FORMER DEAL WAS:
    On Verizon Wireless website, click on 24 hour sale and choose the bargain on the right side of the page. (You do not have to buy any cell phone or plan to get this deal.)
    THE NEW PRICE IS $20 (INSTEAD OF $10) :When I last checked (the day after the 1-day sale) it's still up for $20 in the link below.
    it looks like they changed the promotion. You can still get it for $20 plus free shipping (by using the promo code "FREEOVERNT ") here.
    Last edited by sudoer; 01/26/2010 at 03:37 PM.
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  2.    #2  
    ^ bump - This deal is today only!
    I'm both super! ... and a doer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sudoer View Post
    ^ bump - This deal is today only!
    No bumping please (even though you mean well )
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    I actually ordered three. I'm going to keep one as a spare in my refrigerator, which I've converted into a Faraday cage.

    (Not really. But I did order three!)
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    would get one... but my work computer wont let me complete checkout. It just keeps giving me a not found error...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TMed_ATL View Post
    would get one... but my work computer wont let me complete checkout. It just keeps giving me a not found error...
    Maybe you can try ordering it on your Pre?
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    Thanks! I'm in for one! I was using my old Wireless B router since my G router died a few months back!
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    The router actually has some great features. As briefly mentioned above, it can be setup to broadcast itself as two separate hotspots: one for computers and other devices, and one for any wireless VoIP devices you may have, as a way to sort of manually enforce QoS. Verizon rebranded it originally for the Verizon Hub, which is I guess why they're now liquidating them at $10. Their loss, really, as they're still great little routers.
  9.    #9  
    If your home internet (ie: DSL or cable) does not have WiFi, or your home WiFi router is old, this router can be attached to the WAN connecter on your Modem so you can hoop up to 4 computers with wired internet and several with WiFi. When you are home, your Pre or Pixi Plus could get your email, web pages, and etc. from your new home wifi instead of having to go over the cellular data connection. Typically this saves your battery a bit too because the Pre's wifi radio uses less juice than the cellular radio. If you have an airave, this router is designed specifically to work very well with it.

    In the event that you find you can't use this, you likely will be able to sell it for the $10 plus your shipping on eBay (so for $10, the risk of buying the wrong thing is low).
    I'm both super! ... and a doer!
  10. #10  
    looks like it's already dead. only see car chargers and the TP2.
    Pixi: Sold. Pre: Passed off to another rep. Touchpad: Just a toy until Cloud syncing arrives, and a better doc editor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TMed_ATL View Post
    would get one... but my work computer wont let me complete checkout. It just keeps giving me a not found error...
    Quote Originally Posted by polaraman View Post
    Thanks! I'm in for one! I was using my old Wireless B router since my G router died a few months back!
    Quote Originally Posted by crogs571 View Post
    looks like it's already dead. only see car chargers and the TP2.
    Yes, it looks like they changed the promotion. You can still get it for $20 plus free shipping (by using the promo code "FREEOVERNT") here.
    I'm both super! ... and a doer!
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    i got mine. woohoo.
  13. #13  
    Go one. All my equipment is in black except the wireless g unit. So I ordered one. Will give my current unit to my parents for their house. Maybe this will work better with my Airave. If there is any gain I'll let ya'll know.
  14. #14  
    including this one, ive bought a Linksys and a Netgear N router and two Linksys G's in the past 3 days.

    why? i have no idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chud311 View Post
    including this one, ive bought a Linksys and a Netgear N router and two Linksys G's in the past 3 days.

    why? i have no idea.
    You might need all that for the 12,500 square foot house you own. lol
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    If it can't be re flashed with dd-wrt or tomato then its junk If it can then its a bump up from junk
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    Quote Originally Posted by helidos View Post
    If it can't be re flashed with dd-wrt or tomato then its junk If it can then its a bump up from junk
    it's a compatible bridge.
  18.    #18  
    Quote Originally Posted by chud311 View Post
    it's a compatible bridge.
    How were you able to determine this?
    (I suspected it was at least salvageable since the source code and how to build it is on the support section of the Westell website.)
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    Looks like mine went through. I'll be getting mine today!
  20. #20  
    So it came today. It came packaged with a Wireless 4 connection router, Quick guild, Computer software CD, 2 4-foot ethernet cables and an A/C adapter.

    I pulled my d-link wireless unit and installed this nice back unit. Now all my equipment matches. The first thing that I noticed is that all the indicator lights are on the top. I guess I will never see them in my rack. It said in the setup book, which is very nicely written and easy to follow, that it goes modem, existing router then the Verizon router.

    I pulled me old wireless d-link 4 hub router. Went modem, 4port hub, Verizon router. Installed the supplied CD into the server (computer). Setup the user name and password for the wireless access. Checked status of all parts. Everything was good except I had no wan connection on the "V" router. Checked connections and reset everything. After 5 mins. still no wan on router. Connected router directly to modem and then hub to out of router. Reset all and everything works.

    I tried the other way again and it still would not go online so for now it is modem, router (4 connections) and hub (3 connection). Strange that I can't get the hub before the router.

    There is no antenna on the outside of the unit. Not a big plus if you want to connect a high gain antenna to it.

    Over all I would give this unit a 2.5 out of 5.
    Lights not on front
    No antenna connection
    Connection of hub before unit does not seem to work.
    Computer software is very nice and easy to use. There is more information than even an expert would need.
    Quick guild is well written also.
    Last edited by Finally Pre; 01/26/2010 at 05:30 PM.

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