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Alternative Router

glenn27
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Alternative Router

Hi all, first post from me! my question is does anyone out there have any experience or guidance they could offer re an alternative router that could replace the Technicolour one supplied for use with PlusNet fibre broadband. I ask this question as the majority of the feedback re the Technicolour router is negative. I hope someone can help. thanks in advance glenn27  Smiley
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Re: Alternative Router

I used a Netgear N300 with no issues as a replacement, until I got the trial router I am using at the moment.
glenn27
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Re: Alternative Router

Thanks for the prompt response. was thinking of netgear myself but one with 'ac' for a bit of future proofing.
greshoff
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Re: Alternative Router

I am using a Billion 7800dxl which has been fine so far. I have only been with Plusnet for about a month, time will tell
mwerle
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Re: Alternative Router

Are you FTTC or FTTP?
If FTTC there are a couple of (expensive) options for an all-in-one:
* DrayTek has a range, I used the 2750Vn for 2 years (it's developed a fault and DrayTek declined to repair it 2 weeks out of warranty; I'm now looking for an alternative as the 2750Vn does not support Multi-NAT properly as their older ADSL2+ routers did.  Apart from that, excellent)
* FRITZ!Box 7390 (no personal experience, but the closest I have found (on paper) to the DrayTek one)
Cheers,
- Micha.
glenn27
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Re: Alternative Router

FTTC so alternative router needs to be suitable for this. Again thanks for the responses.
dragon2611
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Re: Alternative Router

I would say an EdgeRouter Lite, but if I'm honest actually that's probably not suitable for most people given it only has 3 ports and no Wi-Fi.
It's also not the simplest thing to setup but in terms of it's flexibility and configuration capabilities it makes most routers in the same price range look like toys.
It also lacks a modem so would need to be used in conjunction with an external modem, which is no problem if you had openreach install FTTC as they would have usually supplied a separate modem.
PLan
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Re: Alternative Router

I also like the EdgeRouter Lite, but the fact you're asking for advice suggests you probably aren't the kind of person who's looking to edit router config files ... Wink
A very popular router is the ASUS RT-N66U, it's what I use(currently in access point mode). You just connect it to the Openreach modem and enter your details.
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Re: Alternative Router

Draytek, Ubiquiti   Undecided
May as well give firebrick a mention  Smiley)
Mal08
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Re: Alternative Router

Given that PN is part of BT - I wonder why they havent used their standard range of routers - that I assume are despatched from the same warehouse in Northallerton ?.
At least offer it as an alternative to the Technicolor gateway ?
The Home hub 5 seems fairly new - and has 802.11ac wireless:
so I wonder if anyone here uses it >>>
http://www.shop.bt.com/products/bt-home-hub-5-90RY.html
glenn27
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Re: Alternative Router

Was thinking of the Home Hub 5 but not sure if it has to be 'unlocked/altered' to work on plusnet fibre, any one using this device on plusnet. Again thanks for the feedback so far.
glenn27
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Re: Alternative Router

re alternative router is it advisable to use the PlusNet supplied device until the 10 day settling in period has been reached? Glenn27
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Re: Alternative Router

One of my colleagues uses a HH5 on his Plusnet fttc. Works fine, no unlocking required. Can be used with or without the BT modem.
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Re: Alternative Router

Quote from: glenn27
re alternative router is it advisable to use the PlusNet supplied device until the 10 day settling in period has been reached? Glenn27

This 10 day period is a myth (for FTTC).
After 2 days the cabinet will have established initial DLM parameters, after this it's 'business as usual'.  The router plays no part in the DLM or 'settling period' anyway unless you use one with a built in VDSL modem.
What is advisable is to keep the Plusnet router as a 'spare' in case of any fault.
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Re: Alternative Router

Another option could be Tomato or Gargoyle compatible router.  {Openwrt if you feel brave} Smiley