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sunshine12
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Can I use a third party router with my superfast fiber broadband?

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Welcome to this user forum.

Yes, provided its a VDSL modem/router and not just a router.

Here are a couple of suggestions, there are others, but I would ask here first, to save wasting your money.

TP-Link AC1200 Wireless Dual Band VDSL/ADSL about £67

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

If you only want single band wireless, then this one.

The TP-Link TD-W9970 for about £40 or less.

https://www.tp-link.com/uk/products/details/cat-15_TD-W9970.html#specifications

They both work will all BT services, including BT YouView.

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so do i have to put the smarthub into modem mode to be able to use a seperate router?

also i found this router will it be compatible? "ASUS RT-AC86U Wi-Fi AC2900"

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@sunshine12 wrote:

so do i have to put the smarthub into modem mode to be able to use a seperate router?

also i found this router will it be compatible? "ASUS RT-AC86U Wi-Fi AC2900"


No, the smart hub cannot be put into modem only mode.

If you wanted to use that ASUS router, you would also have to purchase a separate modem, at extra expense.

The Asus DSL-AC68U would work, as that is the correct one, but expensive.

https://www.asus.com/uk/Networking/DSLAC68U/

Not sure if it will work with BT YouView, if you have it.

You may get other suggestions on this forum.

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sunshine12
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no i dont want to have to use anything else other than a router of my choice.

 

so your saying i can't use  "ASUS RT-AC86U Wi-Fi AC2900" unless i buy a seperate modem?

Also this one you suggested ARCHER VR400 AC1200, will work and i wont need anything else, to make it work?

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TP-Link AC2800 Dual Band Wireless MU-MIMO Gigabit VDSL/ADSL Modem Router for Phone Line Connections

 

will that router work with superfast fiber? WIll I have to use a modem for it? OR is it plug and play?

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@sunshine12 wrote:

TP-Link AC2800 Dual Band Wireless MU-MIMO Gigabit VDSL/ADSL Modem Router for Phone Line Connections

 

will that router work with superfast fiber? WIll I have to use a modem for it? OR is it plug and play?


It should be fine. Most TP Link routers are plug and play.

There is an emulator on this page https://emulator.tp-link.com/VR2800V1_Emulator_2017042605/index.htm

 

 

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Just to say that the mentioned Asus DSL-AC68U modem/router is very compatible with BT TV as well as offering very strong wifi.

Another advantage could be it's ability to transmit BT's internet channels over wifi if physical connection to a Youview box is difficult.

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Hi.. I'm looking for recs for a router to replace my HH6 that will work with BT TV and can also accommodate a vpn for IPTV on my smart TV please.
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@philbern wrote:
Hi.. I'm looking for recs for a router to replace my HH6 that will work with BT TV and can also accommodate a vpn for IPTV on my smart TV please.

Then use the one @TimCurtis  recommended. Asus DSL-AC68U

https://www.asus.com/uk/Networking/DSLAC68U/

It says VPN server and client support
Remotely access your home network through encrypted and private connection

Enablea VPN server or VPN client with DSL-AC68U for encrypted
remote connection

If that is what you are looking for?