Hi! I am going to install my own router, Asus RT-AC68U.
I have an old BT Openreach modem (Description NGA ECI-CPE-Modems Type 1B) (Model B-Focus V-2Fub/r Rev B). I am not sure whether it is suitable for connecting to ISP/Router, I am fibre to cabinet. Can anyone tell me if modem will work or not?
Also, To connect the modem do I just have to connect it to telephone line and power to connect automatically? Or is there some set up to go through?
Re: What modem?
21-09-2018 2:37 PM - edited 21-09-2018 2:39 PM
The ECI B-Focus is designed to work with a fibre to the cabinet connection. The Asus RT-AC68U doen't have a built in VDSL modem so you will need to use the ECI B-Focus modem in conjunction with the RT-AC68U.
Connect the ECI-B Focus DSL port to the micro filter or directly to the DSL port on the phone socket ( if you have one of the new kind with the split face plate) using an RJ11 cable.
Connect the LAN 1 on the ECI-B Focus modem to the WAN port of the RT-AC68U using an ethernet cable, power up the modem and the router, configure the router to PPPoE and enter your Plusnet username (format firstname.lastname@example.org) and password into the router.
The ECI B-Focus is locked down, so you won't be able to see connection stats e.g. line speed, signal to noise ratio, attenuation etc..
If you want connection stats get youself a Huawei HG612 3B of ebay, which can be unlocked using instructions readily found on the web. You should aim to pay no more that £10-15 pounds for one (including postage).
Re: What modem?
21-09-2018 7:18 PM - edited 22-09-2018 6:44 PM
My first VDSL (in 2010) modem was an HG612 and it got pretty hot. When I moved I got a B-Focus and it is as cool as could be. I thought that you might be interested in the heat issue.