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?
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.
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.
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.
All sorted, connected the Orbi direct to the FTTP box, and all working well!
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.