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Standard User gaz71
(newbie) Thu 25-Jul-13 17:52:00
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BrightBox 2 - Change DNS?


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Hi All,

After losing patience with the wireless strength of my Sky Hub router I was thinking of switching to EE with the new and shiny Brightbox 2 offering.

Does anyone have one of these yet? I'm really interested to understand whether I can change the DNS settings in order to point to OpenDNS (in order to make use of the parental controls). I did try calling technical support who said "no, it's can't be done" but they hadn't inspired a great deal of confidence by that point.

Any pointers appreciated.

Graham.
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Thu 25-Jul-13 17:54:28
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If the only issue is wireless signal then the issue might just be location and another 2.4GHz device may be no better.

Considered a wireless access point with dual band and locate this in a more optimum position for coverage

Andrew Ferguson, andrew@thinkbroadband.com
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Standard User gaz71
(newbie) Thu 25-Jul-13 18:00:23
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From reading a review, I was under the impression that the V2 model *was* dual band? I might have picked this up wrong - are you suggesting otherwise.

I had toyed with buying a decent router but a) It's not supported by Sky (I appreciate that there are ways around this) and b) I would rather not spend £100+ if I can help it.

I have of course tried tweaking the location, channels etc.


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Standard User XRaySpeX
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 25-Jul-13 18:55:22
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In reply to a post by gaz71:
I'm really interested to understand whether I can change the DNS settings in order to point to OpenDNS
Yes just change from 'Obtain from ISP' to 'Manual'.

Dunno the BrightBox 2 (where you see that?) but it probably the original Orange Brightbox with the EE logo. They only have 1 version of firmware going at 1 time.

1999: Freeserve 48K Dial-Up => 2005: Wanadoo 1 Meg BB => 2007: Orange 2 Meg BB => 2008: Orange 8 Meg LLU => 2010: Orange 16 Meg LLU => 2011: Orange 20 Meg WBC
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Thu 25-Jul-13 19:03:33
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The box2 is dual band, but as 5GHz has less range than 2.4GHz you might only gain if the box2 has better mimo performance than your current device.

Also was not suggesting a new router, but rather a second device a wireless access point, that you can then locate in another part of the house and feed via Ethernet.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/TP-Link-TL-WA901ND-Advanced-...

A lot less than £100 too

Andrew Ferguson, andrew@thinkbroadband.com
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Standard User gaz71
(newbie) Thu 25-Jul-13 19:39:27
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Thanks for the advice.The house is pretty small so setting up another access point just seemed OTT (I get perfect reception from my neighbours on either side!). Still, it might be simpler than switching provider!
Standard User gaz71
(newbie) Thu 25-Jul-13 19:40:46
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See: http://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2013/07/full-sp...

Whether its available now is another matter ...
Standard User E7er
(knowledge is power) Fri 26-Jul-13 11:08:30
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I have not seen that new EE Bright Box 2 router yet, I will look in their shop to see if they have one. With EE/Orange you can change the DNS in the Bright Box 1 router for use with OpenDNS or Google DNS

http://use.opendns.com/
OpenDNS
Primary DNS: 208.67.222.222
Secondary DNS: 208.67.220.220

https://developers.google.com/speed/public-dns/
Google DNS
Primary DNS: 8.8.8.8
Secondary DNS: 8.8.4.4

http://help.ee.co.uk/system/selfservice.controller?C...
EE/Orange DNS
Primary DNS: 193.36.79.101
Secondary DNS: 193.36.79.100

EE broadband WBC 20 Mbps unlimited. Sync 15282 kbps Downstream, 1276 kbps Upstream. thinkbroadband/SpeedTest
Bright Box ADSL2+ wireless N Router supplied by EE/Orange
BT Business Hub 2Wire 2700HGV v2 ADSL2+ Dual SSID wireless Router
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