The chances are that if you are reading this post you have been having trouble with a Zyxel AMG1302-T10A modem router, very likely with Post Office Broadband and a Windows 8.1 computer. If you have been suffering from the aforementioned router power cycling, or re-booting itself then I have some solution options for you!
- Continue searching the internet for what the problem is and a fix. This is not recommended as at the end of the day the Zyxel router is a heap of junk so you are wasting your time.
- Phone the Post Office (doubtless other ISPs are affected too). They will suggest some fixes, they won’t work, so don’t waste your time, other than to ask them for the right username and password so that you can set up an alternative router.
- Just buy another router.
Option 3 is the way forward, it will sort your problem without the hours of frustration. I can recommend the very reasonably priced TP-Link TD-W8968 Wireless N Modem Router or TP-Link TD-W8970 Gigabit Wireless N Modem Router as fully compatible with the Post Office – Windows 8.1 combination. They are easy to set up, just check the right username and password with the Post Office as they are not the same as the ones to log into your account or email. Armed with the right username and password you are just a few clicks away from setting the router up, it’s really simple.
The Post Office is not a bad ISP, but personally I recommend Plusnet. With them you will currently get a Technicolor TG582n router. These are only moderately better than the Zyxel ones, but from experience do seem to be compatible with Windows 8.1. If you want to double-check compatibility before you buy a router, check out the Microsoft compatibility page.