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Aspiring Contributor
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Using a Netgear Orbi with FTTP

Hi,

I've just got a Orbi mesh wifi system which I am trying to setup.  I've currently got it connected to my BT Homehub 6, however, I was wondering, since I've got FTTP, can I just connect the ethernet cable straight to the Orbi and use it in router mode?  Or do I still need to use the modem part of the homehub?

Thanks,

Stewart

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Re: Using a Netgear Orbi with FTTP

As you have FTTP then you already have a modem AKA the ONT. So yes you can connect any router device to it that can handle the speeds.

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Re: Using a Netgear Orbi with FTTP

Magic, so I can use the Orbi on its own and disconnect the BT SmartHub.

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Re: Using a Netgear Orbi with FTTP

Yes, just connect the ONT to the WAN port of the Orbi.

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Re: Using a Netgear Orbi with FTTP

But as I said on the Orbi forum, you will lose ipv6 as netgear won’t support BT’s implementation. Personally I don’t think that matters and run my Orbi in router mode without the Smarthub. 

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Re: Using a Netgear Orbi with FTTP

Ok thanks.

What does the loss of ipv6 mean in real terms? What difference will I notice? I know what the difference between ipv4 and ipv6 is, but not sure what effect it will have?

Is there no chance Netgear could support it in the future?
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Re: Using a Netgear Orbi with FTTP

I have found no difference in day to day use of either mode, that is Smarthub and Orbi in AP mode and therefore with ipv6 and just Orbiin router mode and therefore no ipv6. I am therefore saving electricity and just using the Orbi.  

My guess is that although Netgear have stated that they will not be supporting the BT implementation of ipv6 if not having ipv6 becomes more significant they will lose sales and therefore change their position; if not and it matters to me, I will reinstate my Smarthub.

 

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Re: Using a Netgear Orbi with FTTP

Hi guys,

All sorted, connected the Orbi direct to the FTTP box, and all working well!

Cheers,

Stewart

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Re: Using a Netgear Orbi with FTTP

Do you have a link to any setup required I take it there is more than just removing the cable from the BT homehub to the Orbi and dumping the BT homehub?

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Re: Using a Netgear Orbi with FTTP

I’ve not tried it myself but if you’re connecting the Orbi directly to the ONT (modem) and not having another router you’ll need the orbi in router mode which is under the Advanced Settings and use PPPOE username bthomehub@btbroadband.com

Any password will do if you have to give one.

You’ll need to connect the cable from the ONT to the wan port (yellow) of the orbi router.

Personally I’d also power cycle the ONT by switching it off for at least 5mins.

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