Following up to my own post.
Using the modem in g.dmt mode, I'd get about 5 drops a day. No obvious reason.
Since using the modem in adsl2 mode, I've not had a drop. This thing holds on like grim death so far.
My downstream attenuation is shown as 66.5dB. My target snr margin is 9dB.
After tweaking the margin down to around 5.5dB, I sync at 2329kbps, which gives me a nice clean 2mbit/s profile.
I'm interleaved, so get quite a few FEC errors... around 85,000 in a 15 minute period at night. however, they are pretty much all corrected automatically, and the number of CRC errors is usually in single digits over 15 minutes.
I'm impressed with this router acting just as a modem so far.
plusnet via Draytek Vigor 2920 and Billion BiPAC 7700N (bridged)