Thanks for confirming the roles of BT and Openreach. Although BT was my preference for fibre broadband, I did look for alternative suppliers using the Openreach fibre as you suggest. However, after having 'nothing for your location' responses from SSE, Shell Energy, EE, Now Broadband, TalkTalk, Plusnet and Vodafone, I reverted to BT. The reality out here is that there is hardly any choice, for whatever reason.
I used Online Chat with BT and actually signed up during the Chat because the agent said they would be able to supply a Master Socket and a splitter that would enable me to use my current BT phone. I also had email dialog confirming I could use my Netgear router for internet connection, with full context of my account.
When the Openreach guy arrived to hook it up, he dismissed the Master Socket I'd been sent as obsolete, and when I showed him the Chat transcript he said the agent didn't know what they were talking about. He also had not been made aware of the email dialog I'd had with BT confirming ability to use my Netgear stuff.
So I was left with the opposite of what I'd been led to expect.
The connections between Openreach and BT seem ropey; I had texts hours after Openreach had left, telling me he would be there shortly.
I appreciate this is off topic relative to me wanting something different from BT's standard offering, I'm just an unhappy customer.
If you have been told by a Sales Rep as part of a conversation to sign up to BT that you can use something you can't actually use, you "might" have cause to complain you were mislead. Have you tried to get out of your contract?
There are alternatives to the BT service, and BT now provide FTTP without landline (how you would migrate your landline away - so as not to loose the number - without it affecting the service, I am not sure).
Just a thought, depends how long you have been with BT for.
@kennyspark8574 Ont box to wan port of smart hub 2 then eth port 1 of smart hub to the wan port of upstream router.
Your basically bypassing the smart hub now, but you can still use digital voice.
you cannot change the dns of smart hub 2, but you can use 3rd on the upstream router.
got it working thanks to your help 🙂 all working perfect with my netgear r7000 flashed with advanced tomamato
I will be trying this too when I get FTTP next month. So can you disable wifi on the SH2 and rely on your Unifi APs for wifi? Effectively the SH2 will solely be used for Digital Voice and nothing else.
Hello jamestrever. Did you attempt to replicate the configuration that works for choppyc? I'm plucking up the courage to give it a shot and would welcome any guidance from anywhere...
I haven't tried this yet as we don't use our landlines, i was asking in case there was an easy option. Might give this a go over Christmas