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bergerac
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Compatible modem router with 3G/4G failover?

Hi sorry if this is the sort of question that gets asked a lot:

I'm looking to get a better modem router to replace my Homehub5

I have Superfast Fibre 2 Unlimited and I'm in London.

I need a modem that has a slot/port for a 3G/4G sim/dongle to get a failover connection when the fiber goes down - which is often.

Any reccomendations for something that works, doesen't have to be cutting edge?

Maybe an Asus modem router?

Thanks for any advice.

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Re: Compatible modem router with 3G/4G failover?

Welcome to this user forum.

This one has  https://www.tp-link.com/uk/products/details/cat-15_Archer-VR400.html#specifications

How to https://www.tp-link.com/us/faq-1202.html

The cheaper TP Link W9970 has this facility as its mentioned in the setup, but not in the specification. This is what shows on the setup.

 

Enable 3G/4G as a backup solution for Internet access

USB 3G/4G modem: Unplugged

PIN Status: Unknown

 

Location:

Mobile ISP:

  Set the Dial Number, APN, Username and Password manually

Dial Number:

APN:

User name: (optional)

Password: (optional)

 

Connection Mode: Always on

  Connect on demand

  Connect manually

  Max Idle Time: minutes (0 meaning connection remains active at all times)

 

Authentication Type:

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bergerac
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Re: Compatible modem router with 3G/4G failover?

Thanks very much for the tip, I think the price is OK. I probably I'l get one.

Currently using a gifgaff sim in an old phone, not sure if gifgaff mind me using data only on one of theire sims!

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Re: Compatible modem router with 3G/4G failover?

The TP Link Archer MR200 at £80 from Amazon also has 4G fallback.

Of course there is always the Draytek 2860Ln but that is about £350

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Re: Compatible modem router with 3G/4G failover?

You will need a USB dongle to put the SIM into, so you may find a better mobile broadband deal which includes the USB dongle.

You need to find a provider with good 3G or 4G coverage. BT Mobile now offer data only SIMS, which may work out cheaper as you have BT Broadband.

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Re: Compatible modem router with 3G/4G failover?


@licquorice wrote:

The TP Link Archer MR200 at £80 from Amazon also has 4G fallback.

Of course there is always the Draytek 2860Ln but that is about £350


The MR200 is only a wireless router, I think @bergerac is looking for a direct replacement for the HH5, with seamless fallback.

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Re: Compatible modem router with 3G/4G failover?

Good point

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Re: Compatible modem router with 3G/4G failover?

I think Archer-VR400 it is then, if it's known to be compatible with BT

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Re: Compatible modem router with 3G/4G failover?


@bergerac wrote:

I think Archer-VR400 it is then, if it's known to be compatible with BT


Yes its fully compatible and will also work with BT YouView, if you have it.

There is a setup wizard which will take you though the settings. You can use the PPPoE login details the same as the home hub, which are.

Login  bthomehub@btbroadband.com

Password bt

There is an emulator https://emulator.tp-link.com/Archer_VR400(EU)_V2/index.htm

 

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bergerac
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Re: Compatible modem router with 3G/4G failover?

Just to update this thread. Thanks again for all your advice.

Before buying a failover router, I discovered BT assure.

In the end I realised that for pretty much the same price as BT infinity residential I could get BT infinity business with the assure dongle.

This way I get unlimited 4G failover, free router and tech support. So I went for that.

Installing tomorrow - hope it works!

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