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Standard User tommey74
(newbie) Wed 31-Oct-18 14:05:00
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G.fast installation next week looking for alternative modem


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Right I have been looking online for an alternative modem for use on BT's new G.fast service and everything seems to point to the ASUS DSL-AC88U.

Are there any others I should consider before ordering one of the above, does anyone here use one or have any experiences with G.fast that they would like to share?

Any replies would be very much appreciated.
Standard User j0hn83
(experienced) Sat 03-Nov-18 20:16:51
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**The Asus DSL-AC88U - full Broadcom stats and some elements work with DslStats.

BT Smart Hub X - limited stats provided by its WebUI.

Huawei MT992 - no stats

add to that with..

Comtrend GFR-9511U
&
Technicolor DGA2231

Both of which are the only MCT approved G.Fast modems (published at least).

https://uno.help/knowledge-base/article/openreach-ap...

No personal experience, just a list of devices from a post I made elsewhere.

** The Asus used to need debug firmware to enable telnet (for full detailed stats). No idea if this is still the case.
Standard User j0el
(learned) Sun 04-Nov-18 06:19:26
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There are a few people floating around somewhere that have had G.fast installed. Hopefully they can drop by and give their experiences. I don't yet have G.fast, but I would imagine the improvements in the resync time should make those loss of syncs a little more bearable. And, to my knowledge, Seamless Rate Adaption (SRA) is enabled which will allow for the sync speed to adjust based on conditions without a resync.

I've seen your estimates and they look pretty good, so you must be no more than about 250m away from your cabinet. What estimates have BT themselves provided you with? Should be close to what the BTW checker says anyway.

I agree with what j0hn says. I'd like to add that there aren't many options for G.fast modems/modem-router combos at the moment.

There's also the ZyXEL XMG5101-S10A (modem) that supports G.fast, but I have not seen any trace of it in the UK yet and it is not MCT approved. It's another modem that won't have access to stats though (I think), which seems to be way that we're headed until some other vendors start bringing out combined units (the modems so far only really have one port for Ethernet, which may not have stats access). I have heard that Billion are looking into options, but no timescales on that.


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Standard User smallal
(newbie) Sun 27-Jan-19 01:27:01
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First AND MOST IMPORTANT thing, when the Openreach engineer arrives to install your BT Ultrafast tell him you'd like to use your own router as a backup & ask him for a modem, he should issue you with a MT992 modem at no charge. Secondly, if you are a BT TV customer, do NOT fork out for the ASUS DSL-AC88U G.fast router as it doesn't work properly with BT TV. (Correct as of Jan 2019) despite 2 years of firmware upgrades! G. Fast kit is very rare at the moment, however Draytek are about to release the Vigor 166 in the next few months which will be compatible.
Standard User ansam
(member) Sun 27-Jan-19 09:42:43
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We used to have the 87u and BT tv and we had to do the following to get it working correctly...

https://www.increasebroadbandspeed.co.uk/set-up-asus...

Not sure if you tried that.

Connection - BT Infinity 2.
My Broadband Ping
Standard User jabuzzard
(member) Sun 27-Jan-19 15:23:08
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Interesting first I have heard of it. Also looks like there is a Vigor 165 with super vectoring, though that won't be much use in the UK over the Vigor 130. More useful in places like Germany that went with 35b profile instead of G.fast. Link to the Vigor 165 information page in the German Draytek website

https://www.draytek.de/vigor165.html

Edited by jabuzzard (Sun 27-Jan-19 15:26:55)

Standard User smallal
(newbie) Sun 03-Feb-19 16:58:31
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Yes, the Vigor165 has already been released in parts of Europe, online prices start at around 118 Euros. I would guess the 166 will be slightly more expensive, but not by too much.
Standard User smallal
(newbie) Sun 03-Feb-19 17:06:15
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In reply to a post by ansam:
We used to have the 87u and BT tv and we had to do the following to get it working correctly...

https://www.increasebroadbandspeed.co.uk/set-up-asus...

Not sure if you tried that.

Doesn't work, it seems to be a bandwidth issue, the router seems to have some kind of internal bandwidth limiter.
SD is ok, HD a little glitchy when data rate is high (e.g.sports) & UHD 4K just doesn't work at all.
None of these problems seen when using the BT router.
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