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Alcatel ADSL Router

Problems with Alcatel ADSL Router.

Hello. This router is the one supplied by F9. Has anyone with one of these tried to use non-default set-ups of the DHCP features? I tried to use the feature which allows you to assign a specific IP address (192.168.8.nnn) to a particular MAC address. This seems to work but it doesn't in fact; when I look at the "Monitor - DHCP" screen, the MAC address is different from what I have typed in. If I enter several different MAC addresses, they all get set to the same random value.
Also, if I try to change the Lease Time for an IP address, the value I type in gets handled incorrrectly. For example, to get a lease time of 10 hours, I have to enter 10 minutes.
I can work around the problems but I'd like to know if the router needs a firmware update or if it's a defect with the router. Resetting the router to factory defaults and powering off at the wall didn't fix it. I raised tickets in December some weeks ago but so far there is still not a resolution.

The router information is "Alcatel version 3881 Version 2.6k".

Thanks for any help on this.
Brian
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RE: Alcatel ADSL Router

> The router information is "Alcatel version 3881 Version 2.6k".

You're the second person here to mention the Alcatel 3881 router. I have to say this product is a mystery to me! I have an Alcatel Speedtouch 510 router, and was unaware of any Alcatel router designated the 3881, and can find no reference to such a beast on their website. (The Alcatel products are now sold by Thomson Multimedia, and the website - to the best of my knowledge - is www.sppedtouch.com). I'd like to know what this product is!

Your "Monitor-DHCP" screen does not correspond directly to anything on my 510. It has a "DHCP" screen, in which I can set up DHCP assignments, but (apart from for some reason expecting MAC addresses to be 7 bytes - I have to preceed the real MAC address with 01) it works in a straightforward and predictable fashion.
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RE: Alcatel ADSL Router

I've just taken a look at the picture of the router provided by Force9 when you go through the sign-up process. It doesn't look anything like any Alcatel router I've seen, either the older models, or their new ones. Cream colour? No! I also visited http://www.dslguide.org.uk/hardware/reviews/ and it seems to me the picture on the Force9 page most closely resembles the Solwise routers.

Perhaps when they say "Alcatel" they mean it uses the Alcatel chipset or something? (Isn't DMT, as in G.DMT, an Alcatel protocol?)

The web reference in my earlier posting should have been http://www.speedtouch.com/
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RE: Alcatel ADSL Router RE:G.DMT

> I've just taken a look at the picture of the router provided by Force9 when you go through the sign-up process. It doesn't look anything like any Alcatel router I've seen, either the older models, or their new ones. Cream colour? No! I also visited http://www.dslguide.org.uk/hardware/reviews/ and it seems to me the picture on the Force9 page most closely resembles the Solwise routers.
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> Perhaps when they say "Alcatel" they mean it uses the Alcatel chipset or something? (Isn't DMT, as in G.DMT, an Alcatel protocol?)
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> The web reference in my earlier posting should have been http://www.speedtouch.com/

Hi,
Excuse me if you know differently from me but I thought that G.DMT was non proprietory (not owned bye anyone as such)and was one of those IEEE type standards or perhaps it was ITU. Doesnt it define the speed for that specific modulation type. So for example G.lite tells you that your router or USB modem is running at a specific bit rate (bandwidth).

Ivan

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RE: Alcatel ADSL Router RE:G.DMT

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Excuse me if you know differently from me but I thought that G.DMT was non proprietory (not owned bye anyone as such)and was one of those IEEE type standards or perhaps it was ITU. Doesnt it define the speed for that specific modulation type. So for example G.lite tells you that your router or USB modem is running at a specific bit rate (bandwidth).


I vaguely recalled having read this somewhere, but must confess when I wrote it, I wasn't totally sure. However, since you've questioned it, I did go off looking through where I might have seen it. Try the Linux DSL-HOWTO and in particular this sentence
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There are two line encodings for ADSL: DMT and CAP. DMT (a.k.a. Alcatel compatible) has won the standards battle and is now the standard and the most common.
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RE: Alcatel ADSL Router

Ivan, Stephen,
Thanks for your responses. There are no external markings on the router indicating who manufactured it, no logos and no model number. But Force9 support have now given me some information. The manufacturer's web site is www.aceex.com.tw. The model is an AR11 Adsl router.

Brian
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Alcatel ADSL Router

The link provided no longer works!

"deepsea" has provided a useful web page about this router: http://www.deepsea.force9.co.uk/router.html

In it, he links to webpages from which documentation and support may be obtained. It seems the router is also made by another company, Jetway:
Correct link: http://www.aceex.com.tw/test1/product/ar112.htm
Support: http://www.aceex.com.tw/test1/support.htm#adsl
Jetway: http://www.jetway.com.tw/evisn/product/modem/ar11/ar11.HTM

And he mentions the Force9 setup info is still available:
HTML: http://portal.f9.net.uk/supportpages.html?a=222
PDF: http://portal.f9.net.uk/info2/hardware/router_bundle.pdf