I would like to know if anyone can recommend a really sick modem/router combo for FTTC?
That doesn't sound like it would be a friendly thing for us to do.
/me passes you an "l".
You've had a few suggestions, and many people on the forums are happy with the router I posted about, but I have two thoughts.
First is, check which make of cabinet you have. If it's a Huawei, see these pictures
, that makes step two easier.
The second is that when the engineer comes to install the modem, ask if you can have an HG612 if he has one, rather than an ECI. If the cabinet is Huawei you have the argument that you believe it is best to match them. If the cab is ECI you will need to ask nicely!
Until it's all settled in and working I suggest you hold off buying anything else.
In terms of it settling in, ignore anything you've heard or hear about 10-day training, though if it comes to you from Plusnet there isn't a lot you can say. There is no such period on FTTC. The critical time is the rest of the day it is first connected, and the whole of the following day. Whatever you do, do not disconnect or power off the modem during that period.
The reason is that the Openreach DLM, which controls and runs for ever on the line, is particularly sensitive over that period. Then it goes into normal mode, and is quite good. Far better than the BT Wholesale one you currently have. The IP Profile still comes from the BTW one, but that doesn't directly control the line any more.