Has anyone any experience in bypassing the Openreach-supplied VDSL Modem?
My Zen FTTC was installed today. I'd seen the page on the Zen site reminding me that a suitable router was needed, but didn't really take it in - after all, it's far from my first xDSL connection and I've always provided my own hardware.
I was surprised to see in the reminder email that Zen sent over the weekend that I needed to provide power and wallspace for an Openreach modem. I've got a Draytek 2850, which handles ADSL/2+ and VDSL (simultaneously, if required).
I emailed Zen to see if I'd wasted my money on the Draytek but they said said no, I'd need it to connect to the Openreach modem. They realised that the Draytek would work directly into the VDSL port but it's not recommended as Openreach provide a managed service and would not then be able to see or update their modem, possibly leading to service interruptions (my paraphrasing). They also said the Openreach man should explain it all to me.
By the time I saw Zen's reply Openreach had already installed the service and called me. The installer had plugged my Draytek in directly, saw that it worked, and told me that I have no need of their modem but he had to provide it anyway.
Anyone know the truth? Would I be best advised to route through the BT modem? I must admit I'd rather reclaim part of my bedroom wall, even if I do have to flll in the holes.