I have had BT FTTP for a couple of years now and have never used the BT router. I have a Netgear Orbi mesh setup, which works beautifully throughout the property. All of my neighbours (I'm in the middle of a row of 5) have been contacted about Digital Voice and have changed over. Perhaps I have been missed out because I don't use the Smart Hub? Anyway, my question is, how can I continue to use my Orbi setup? Will I have to connect them via the BT router, as the Orbi doesn't have a phone socket, or is there a better way?
Unless you actually require a voice service, continue as you are. If you are converted to Digital Voice, your voice service will only work with the BT hub.
Yep, you'll need to use the BT Hub to use BT Digital Voice. I've run a Netgear Orbi mesh via the BT Hub on FTTP with no problems. Just another box to gather dust!