- 300 Mbps 802.11n access point CenturyLink Standard GUI
- Standards based WPS simplifies secure WLAN setup
- IPv6 6rd and dual stack support
- CenturyLink Router Standard GUI
- Auto detect CenturyLink network setting configurations
- Remote provisioning, monitoring, and management via TR-069
- 1 Zyxel C1100Z Wireless DSL Modem
- 1 Power Cable
- 1 DSL Cable
- 1 Ethernet Cable Cat5e
This Zyxel C1100Z 802.11n VDSL2 Wireless Gateway CenturyLink provides a reliable connection with the service provider of your choice (this model may not be compatible with your provider – please call your provider prior to ordering to verify compatibility). Your modem will ship with all necessary accessories for activation, including Power cable, Ethernet and DSL cables.
The Zyxel C1100Z supports heavy multimedia usage and simultaneous streaming with ease. It also allows for remote management to help enhance security. This modem’s dual firewalls help guard against attacks & keep your information safe from malicious entities.
John Willis –
This is essentially a reduced functionality version of the ZyXEL VSG-1432 running a Busybox Linux 2.3 kernel. It has a NAND MTD filesystem with the CFE bootloader and a Broadcom chipset. Both the C1100Z / VSG-1432 are xDSL modems, PPPoE clients and WAN router gateways with a 2.4 GHz WiFi radio. They were introduced about 5 years ago and support both ADSL and VDSL. CenturyLink is a combination of companies with varying degrees of equipment in different markets, so a modem that supports ADSL and VDSL will cover more markets. Much of the older legacy companies that combined to form CenturyLink are still running ADSL (technology from the 1990s) while newer VDSL (technology from the early 2000s) has been slower to roll out and isn’t in as many markets. After the modem sets up an xDSL connection, the PPPoE client trys to login using RADIUS on CenturyLinks side and obtain a DHCP address for the WAN interface attached to the PPP connection, which it NATs to provide service to its 4 Port Ethernet switch and 2.4 GHZ (n) WiFi connected devices (it does not have a 5 GHz radio and is not an AC WiFi gateway, its old). Major problem is in many older markets CenturyLink does not define what their “Authentication Lockout Timeout” policies are.. and this device has (no) auto-connect timeout control [ – the ZyXEL VSG-1432 “does” have this feature!! – ] (it hammers CenturyLink until it gets authenticated, so they typically block it for an escalating Lockout period of time). Left by default the Lockout by CenturyLink could be 15 minutes or set by CenturyLink up to up to 24 hours. If you attempt to reconnect within that “Lockout” time period subsequent connections will be ignored by the CenturyLink equipment. This is very market technician specific.. its highly variable and not well understood by many of the technicians. Without this control this xDSL modem gateway combination has to be run (manually) (you have to turn the auto-connect feature off, it is “On” by default) and is inconvenient. The alternative is to switch off the PPPoE and Gateway functions and run it as a pure modem (which makes it very expensive!). Then setup a separate PPPoE client and Gateway functions on another computer with two Ethernet ports to act as a WAN gateway, or buy another router just for those features. The firmware is highly locked down, too tightly to make fixing major market problems like this easy. Its not a great buy
Tin Maione –
My internet connection kept dropping. I called Centurylink out to troubleshoot. He found a few issues outside the house and fixed them but said the modem also makes it drop out with the 40 meg service. I told him I went to the Centurylink site and it was recommended. He said it doesn’t work so well and gave me a different model at no charge. I guess it’s not the modem’s fault but it does drop out.
Gary Jones –
I purchased this Wireless Gateway as a recommended upgrade by the CenturyLink’s tech support group for an originally supplied Zyxel C1000Z Wireless Gateway that had been malfunctioning the past several months.
I have had this unit online for a little over week and after initially needing support from CenturyLink’s tech support group to resolve issues with properly connect to the internet it appears to be working okay.
So far its performance appeared to be similar to that of the Zyxel C1000Z Wireless Gateway via Speedtest testing of the Enhernet and WiFi modes with Enhernet speeds consistent within the rated purchased speed level, but as with the C1000Z the C1100Z the WiFi speeds were inconsistent from as low 0 to a maximum of 50% of the rated Enhernet speeds. CenturyLink’s tech support group was of no help in resolving this issue.
With the recommendation of a network specialist at my local big box office supplies store I purchased a Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 / R7000 Smart WiFi Router. I disabled the Zyxel C1100Z Wireless Gateway’s WiFi function, using instead the Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 as the WiFi Router and I am now seeing consistent WiFi speeds of 75% to 100% of the Enhernet speeds, WOW, thanks network specialist guy.