I ordered/won a HG612 on ebay last week - unfortunately it seems to have disappeared in the post, as it's now several days overdue. The engineer will be switching the line over on the 1st Dec, so I' starting to get a bit twitchy about not having any hardware on my end of it.
So I'm now weighing up a new 'all in one' wifi/modem/routers as an alternative, which I can get delivered quickly (from Amazon), yet also relegate to just wifi/routing if/when the HG612 shows up.
The Billion 8800 ticks most of the boxes, but there are a few complaints about the wifi performance. Whereas the TPlink W9980 N600
seems to have better wireless performance for a similar cost. it's also wall-mountable which is a bonus for me.
One comment on the forums here is the chipset in the TP Link is Lantiq - does anyone know how well it will interact with Talk-talk infrastructure (they're the wholesale supplier my ISP uses in my area)?? There's also a note about a Firmware update to work with G.INP (whatever that is) - is this likely to be a problem?