Question What happens if you accidentally buy a French wireless router instead of a UK one?

Discussion in 'computers, web and general tech' started by AnnO'Neemus, Jul 5, 2018.

  1. AnnO'Neemus

    AnnO'Neemus Is so vanilla

    I needed to buy a wireless router, so I bought one off eBay. I know, I know.

    When it arrived, it turned out they'd sent me a French one. The box gave specs and iirc the French specs were a higher frequency than the UK version.

    No biggy, I had an EU>UK adaptor plug and when it was all plugged in, it still worked, so far so good.

    But the WiFi connection does seem to be a heck of a lot slower than when I plug the ethernet thingy in.

    Does the French/English thing make that much of a difference?

    Or do I just need to get some kind of boosters, because the walls in my flat are quite solid, it's an older building, not a flimsy modern one, so I wondered whether that was an issue?
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2018
  2. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow Sweetcorn fiend

    Is it suffering the slowness because it has to translate the wifi signal from French into English? :hmm:
  3. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It shrugs every time you get an email.
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  4. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    But seriously, I don't think it would make any difference. What's the model number?
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  5. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom Patterdale Terrorist

  6. Ax^

    Ax^ Silly Rabbit

    It really should have a audible warning message that goes "Errrr"
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  7. AnnO'Neemus

    AnnO'Neemus Is so vanilla

    It's a D-Link DIR-615.
  8. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I can't think of any reason why it shouldn't work fine.
  9. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom Patterdale Terrorist

  10. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    There are some minor differences in routers by region - I think certain channels (frequencies) are banned in Israel, for example, and it might be set up with different defaults (MTU etc). On the former I don't think there's anything relating to France.

    WiFi is slower and often less reliable than ethernet, so what you're experiencing is not surprising. The router, the environment and the client devices (e.g. laptop) can all play a part in its crapness.
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  11. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow Sweetcorn fiend

    The French deliberately hobbling the device now they've tracked its location to the UK? :hmm:
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  12. Dr. Furface

    Dr. Furface One small step for man

    Sounds like it's on a go-slow already. Don't be surprised if it downs tools completely and goes on strike at the most inconvenient time possible for you.
  13. 2hats


    After March next year there will be a tariff to pay on all the outgoing packets.
  14. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    You immediately forget to stop washing and become an obnoxious cunt.
  15. 19sixtysix

    19sixtysix Life as viewed from a Gay Gorbals Garret

    comme tous les rosbifs
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  16. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    I set up some cordless phones on the voip phone server at work that the receptionist could use and move about the building. I got them from a UK website but they sent me european phones.

    One day a guy from Ofcom turned up, seized the phones, and I had to sign a police caution - the whole ' do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defence...' business.
  17. souljacker

    souljacker A bit of skullduggery

    There is no difference at all between the GB and FR regulatory domains (not at the 2.4/5ghz level anyway). Most of Europe uses the same standards. There are some differences in the US, Japan and Israel but that's it. Don't worry.
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  18. AnnO'Neemus

    AnnO'Neemus Is so vanilla

    Thanks all, for the sensible comments, and the funny ones! :D

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