I'm thinking of signing up with John Lewis broadband and I believe they supply the TG582n routers. I prefer to handle my own routing and firewall and therefore want the device to act like a modem and just pass the static IP directly to my linux machine that handles firewall and routing tasks. I'm currently with Be and I have this set up and working very well, but I know they use a differing technology to the rest of the broadband people. I'd like to stay with Be but unfortunately I'm moving house to an exchange where they don't operate.
I think what I'm after is called PPPoA half bridge mode? Does anyone know if this is possible on this router? If not, can anyone recommend a router where this feature works well? I'd prefer if the device can handle the authentication rather than my linux server initiating the ppp connection.
Looking forward to reading your advice!