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Fibre Router

apjashley1
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Fibre Router

If BT fit their fibre modem, couldn't you use just any old router (e.g. Apple AirPort) with it?
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Re: Fibre Router

Pretty much any router with an ethernet WAN port (normally sold as 'Cable routers') and PPPoE authentication should work though there are a few (mainly older) models that can't actually handle full FTTC speeds between the LAN and WAN ports.
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DavidKeaney
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Re: Fibre Router

I've just had fibre installed. Plusnet mucked up my order and didn't deliver a router so I have used an Apple Airport Extreme 11N that I had been under utilising as a Ethernet switch instead. It is happily connected to the modem the BT engineer installed on Monday and spreading 75mb/s around my network. I just went through the Airport Utility application on my PC, set it to PPPoE and filled in the account (username@plusdsl.netdetails) and password details and it was all working sweetly. My old plusnet modem/router (with DHCP disabled) is now filling the role of the Ethernet Switch.
I have used Airport Expresses in the past (I had three set up as AirPlay speakers before I replaced them with a Sonos system) and can't see why you would not be able to use it as your router/wireless access point. The only disadvantage as far as I can see is that you will only have one Ethernet port.
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