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Standard User cbackham
(learned) Thu 22-Dec-11 17:02:23
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Question about the hardware configuration of BT Infinity


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I'm considering switching from Virgin to BT Infinity.

Does the BT Infinity setup have a separate VDSL modem that the Home Hub router connects to? And if it does, does it provide an ethernet port that I can just connect another ethernet router to instead of the BT Home Hub? Or is the VDSL modem built in to the BT Home Hub?

The reason I ask is that my home network is already set up quite to my satisfaction with a Buffalo router running Tomato firmware using a number of advanced features, and I want to keep it that way. Of course I could daisy-chain the routers if I have to, but if the Hub can be dispensed with that would be better.

And while I'm here, another question about BT Infinity: How reliable is it? I work from home and reliability is much more important than raw speed. My Virgin connection has generally been very good, and I couldn't afford to switch to something less reliable. To a certain extent I'm tempted to stick with the devil I know - but the Infinity package does look rather tempting.
Standard User burakkucat
(committed) Thu 22-Dec-11 17:23:43
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Re: Question about the hardware configuration of BT Infinity


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Does the BT Infinity setup have a separate VDSL modem that the Home Hub router connects to?
Yes.
And if it does, does it provide an ethernet port that I can just connect another ethernet router to instead of the BT Home Hub?
Yes.
Or is the VDSL modem built in to the BT Home Hub?
No.
The reason I ask is that my home network is already set up quite to my satisfaction with a Buffalo router running Tomato firmware using a number of advanced features, and I want to keep it that way.
Eminently sensible and do-able. smile

And while I'm here, another question about BT Infinity: How reliable is it?
As long as it has been correctly installed and configured, very reliable. According to my neighbour's experiences, it can not be faulted.

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Standard User cbackham
(learned) Thu 22-Dec-11 17:29:25
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Many thanks, burakkucat, for your quick and to-the-point response.


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Standard User burakkucat
(committed) Thu 22-Dec-11 17:37:53
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Re: Question about the hardware configuration of BT Infinity


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Many thanks, burakkucat, for your quick and to-the-point response.
You're welcome. wink

If you do decide to go ahead and transfer to BT Infinity, please keep of log of your experience and then share it here.

A clear and precise statement of fact will always be appreciated by others who are also considering to make a similar transition.

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Standard User MHC
(legend) Thu 22-Dec-11 23:31:01
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Re: Question about the hardware configuration of BT Infinity


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Cannot add much to the replies but one point to consider.

Rather than a Residential connection consider going for a BT Business account - it can run over a residential phone line. You get guaranteed throughput so even if there is major congestion you will receive priority. Tech support is in Scotland and good, 24 hour 365 day with a freephone number.. Fault response time is a lot quicker than Res,

Yes, a little more expensive but depending on your circumstances, potentially tax deductible (HMRC tend not to allow Res accounts) or VAT recoverable.





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Standard User flashpaul
(newbie) Sat 24-Dec-11 16:29:13
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I run a Buffalo dd-wrt router on infinity , in fact its the same one I used a few years ago with Virgin

I would recommend using the BT Hub initially though as I think its the only way to register for BT-FON
which gives you free access to BT Openzone WIFI

The BT Homehub only has limited features anyway so its worth replacing anyway.
Standard User Ellios
(newbie) Wed 28-Dec-11 16:00:58
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Re: Question about the hardware configuration of BT Infinity


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Running a Netgear WNDR3700 router alongside the BT Openreach modem. Installed 06/06/2011 shortly afterwards the modem died and BT quickly replaced the modem and retested line quality (all within two weeks of original install)

since then no downtime, no errors and reliable 35mbps down 6mbps up

home network consists of NAS boxes, games machines, switches, wireless extender, TV (internet) laptops and desktop - no problems at all, have used Googles DNS 8.8.8.8/8.8.4.4 - but recently using BT's own DNS again with no issue

I am happily using BT infinity with no complaints so far...
Standard User Renfrew
(regular) Wed 28-Dec-11 20:43:19
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In reply to a post by Ellios:
Running a Netgear WNDR3700 router alongside the BT Openreach modem ......

Just out of interest, which release of firmware are you using for the WNDR3700 and is the router v1?

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Standard User Squirrel
(knowledge is power) Wed 28-Dec-11 21:44:33
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In reply to a post by Ellios:
Running a Netgear WNDR3700 router alongside the BT Openreach modem ......

Just out of interest, which release of firmware are you using for the WNDR3700 and is the router v1?

I am also running this model of router ( a Version 1)

Hardware Version WNDR3700
Firmware Version V1.0.7.98
GUI Language Version V1.0.0.64

Standard User Renfrew
(regular) Thu 29-Dec-11 10:35:33
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Re: Question about the hardware configuration of BT Infinity


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In reply to a post by Squirrel:
In reply to a post by Renfrew:
In reply to a post by Ellios:
Running a Netgear WNDR3700 router alongside the BT Openreach modem ......

Just out of interest, which release of firmware are you using for the WNDR3700 and is the router v1?

I am also running this model of router ( a Version 1)

Hardware Version WNDR3700
Firmware Version V1.0.7.98
GUI Language Version V1.0.0.64


Thanks. I've been following the discussions on Netgear's forum re: WNDR3700v1 http://forum1.netgear.com/showthread.php?t=67852 (warning - long thread currently 24 pages) where there are persistent reports of dropped wireless connections using beta firmware 1.0.16.98-dns, and of the DNS proxy failing for firmware 1.0.7.98 which is one of the issues that 1.0.16.98-dns was brought out to fix.

I've reverted to 1.0.4.98 until such time as the final version of 1.0.16.98 is issued by Netgear, but I'm interested to hear of others' experiences. What settings do you use for DNS?

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