Will my router work with Fibre Broadband?

  stugra 27 May 13
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Can someone tell a non-techy person (me!) whether my router will work with fibre broadband?

I am currently with PlusNet broadband, but am looking to upgrade to their fibre broadband. I currently have a TP-LINK modem plugged into an ASUS RT-N66U wireless router - spec is at http://uk.asus.com/Networks/Wireless_Routers/RTN66U/#overview

Would all I have to do, be to change the modem if I were go to fibre broadband. Importantly for me, is the ASUS router compatible as it was an expensive thing to change??

Thanks in advance.

  northumbria61 27 May 13

PlusNet should provide you with a new Router - your questions answered here enter link description here

  northumbria61 27 May 13

Scroll down to bottom of page - Number 16

  Secret-Squirrel 27 May 13
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"Would all I have to do, be to change the modem if I were go to fibre broadband"

Yes, when BT visit you to setup your fibre-optic broadband the engineer will bring a BT Openreach modem.

" Importantly for me, is the ASUS router compatible as it was an expensive thing to change??"

I've checked the RT-N66U's specifications and it will work just fine. Here's what you need to do to configure it:

1) Connect the Openreach modem to the WAN (blue) socket on the back of the ASUS.

2) Login to the ASUS's setup screens and ensure the connection type is PPPoE and it's set to "Always On" (or its equivalent).

3) Enter your Plusnet username ([email protected]) and the appropriate password, save the settings and that should be it.

BTW, obviously your ASUS is a far superior product to the "free" one that PlusNet are offering, so at the ordering stage, you should choose to decline the offer of their own router and save yourself the cost of the postage and packing.

  northumbria61 27 May 13

Secret-Squirrel - and how does he get around this one which says in No.16 It's not possible to order fibre optic broadband without our router?

  stugra 27 May 13

Secret-Squirrel

Thank you - I want to use my ASUS as it has many more advanced features over and above the provided router.

The £5.99 I have to pay for the provided router is a negligible cost - and I will have a spare just in case.

I just wanted to be sure that my ASUS would work - I was aware that the modem would have to be replaced, hence I only spent £15 on it.

  Secret-Squirrel 27 May 13

"Secret-Squirrel - and how does he get around this one which says in No.16 It's not possible to order fibre optic broadband without our router?"

I was already aware of that statement on the Plusnet site when I ordered my fibre-optic broadband just three months ago. However, to my surprise, the signup page had an option for "No Router" which saved me £5.99 in P&P charges.

  northumbria61 27 May 13

Secret-Squirrel - Brilliant, thanks for that. I wonder how many don't see that option!

  stugra 27 May 13

Northumbrian fireworks drenched!

  Housten 27 May 13

Gentlemen,

Some of you may be aware of the problems I have am having with plusnet - see another post.

However we had an engineer in on Saturday, and he did not find anything wrong with the line. He then did something that, apparently, even plusnet staff do not know about. I have a TP-Link that is connected to the plusnet unit. What he did was to change the socket on the plusnet ( OK, there are 3 alongside one another and I can never remember whether it is the modem or the router!! ) unit into which the link connecting to the TP-Link connects. Amazing increase in speed, so if you think the speed is slow, it may be worth trying. But I must say that you do this at your own risk, and it is nothing to do with me!!! Good luck if you do!!!

  sunnystaines 27 May 13

not got this hi tec fibre bb but seen warnings some are fibre in the street then copper from street to the house causing a big slow down, check its fibreoptic into the home.

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