The 2Wire2700HGV sounds very attractive. However, reading up about it on the web (primarily Tripod's page
), it sounds like it could be non-trivial to set up. For a start, there "may" be a need for an ISP-supplied key-code, although Tripod does seem to list some suitable such codes. More significantly, it's suggested that the device is (or could be) supplied LOCKED to BT Business Broadband, and would need flashing to unlock it (with V6 possibly harder to unlock than V5?). The flash required seems to be dependent on the firmware installed, and I'm not sure if it's possible to tell this from the ebay ads (which I assume are effectively the only supplier). As a newbie, the idea of flashing a device such as this and the consequent risk of bricking it daunts me somewhat, but given that it doesn't seem to cost much more than a brick anyway, maybe I shouldn't be particularly worried.
Also, if I do muck it up, is there any risk that I might also muck up either my internet connection or any of my locally-attached PCs? I did find that when my Buffalo router played up, one of my Windows 7 machines kept getting confused about its own network settings, requiring a System Restore each time to get it back to talking to the internet again.
Finally, since the "formal" support only seems to extend to an Installation guide and a User Guide, am I right in thinking that I will be dependent on hunting the web (via Tripod or whoever) for flash code / CD setup software or whatever? Is Tripod the best source for such material or is there a better site for 2Wire2700HGV support?
Or is it, in fact, all quite straightforward and very much simpler than I have perceived ....?