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Third Party Routers on Ultrafast Fiber

Hi Guys I'm not sure this is the right board but worth a try.

I have the BT service Ultrafast Fiber Plus. I want to use a third party router like the Asus AX11000 for example however I understand most routers dont have a DSL input.   The problem is the Smart Hub 2 doesnt have  a modem only mode, which in my opinion (and many others I've seen on the net) is ridiculous.

From my understanding I would need to get a separate modem which would have to be a G. Fast modem. Is this right?

Does anyone have any kind of suggestions as to where I can get one?  Or what I can do? It's really frustrating that BT seem to be almost forcing me I use their own hub.

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Re: Third Party Routers on Ultrafast Fiber

Standalone G.Fast modems are rare, however the ASUS DSL AC88U is a combined G.Fast modem router.

Have a look at the Zyxel XMG101-S10A

Not sure how you figure that its BT's fault that manufacturers don't make G.Fast modems!

 

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Re: Third Party Routers on Ultrafast Fiber

BT are providing a router/modem for you (which is normal) but frustrating though it is BT can hardly be blamed for third parties not making a compatible modem.

The only one I know of which is easy to obtain is the Asus DSL-AC88,  I have heard of ones available via import (modem only) but I couldn't figure out how to actually buy one.

Also I understand Draytek are bringing one out soon, but i have yet to see anew one available.

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Re: Third Party Routers on Ultrafast Fiber

Thanks for the quick reply and suggestions.
Im not saying its strictly BT's fault but it doesnt help that they no longer supply the open reach modem, nor do they have a modem only option on their smart hub 2 like other providers for example Virgin do.
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Re: Third Party Routers on Ultrafast Fiber

That's for a Business Hub, not a Home Hub.

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Re: Third Party Routers on Ultrafast Fiber

Read it again, its implying that there is a "hidden" option within the normal residential home hub, which is accessible  by altering the last part of the web manager url.

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Re: Third Party Routers on Ultrafast Fiber

I still think that the hidden menu is for the business hub6 rather than home hub, but happy to be proved wrong.

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Re: Third Party Routers on Ultrafast Fiber

The business hubs can be configured tor bridge mode, already.

https://btbusiness.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/35226/~/how-do-i-enable-bridge-mode-on-my-bt...

All that the post by @technononsense  is saying, is that that option also exists on the normal residential hub, except that its not on the menu,  you have to access it by changing the url.

It needs someone with a smart hub, to actually see if that option appears, without actually pressing the "go" button, as that would disconnect their connection.

Perhaps someone with a spare hub could try it, it would be interesting to see if it works.

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Re: Third Party Routers on Ultrafast Fiber

I've had a look at this and I'm pretty sure it's for the other hub as you said. Unless theres another way of getting to the "hidden menu" I dont think it's going to work unfortunately 😞 

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