I've ordered an 80/20 FTTC install for early June (ISP = Goscomb). I have been doing some thinking in advance and have four questions I've love to have some insight on.
I'm OK with most aspects of home networking and would certainly like to unlock and monitor the Openreach modem if possible. I intend to offer up the modem to the EWAN port on my existing Billion 7800n, which currently has a local IPv4 address of 192.168.1.1
These are my questions:
1) I have obtained instructions and firmware for reflashing the HG612. Is it as simple as it appears? Aren't there any Openreach settings which I don't know and can't retain during the firmware upgrade? Does the modem 'just work' again after unlocking?
2) I intend to give the FTTC a week (10 days?) to settle once installed before looking at accessing the modem. Will I have any problems with IP conflicts? I see the HG612 has a default address of 192.168.1.1, and I have already assigned that to my existing ADSL router (Billion 7800n). Will I need to change the address of the Billion, even if I don't access the modem?
3) I realise I may get the ECI modem rather than the Huawei, depending on the cabinet equipment. Is there any way to tell in advance which modem I might get?
4) Does the HG612 'do' IPv6?
Thanks for any responses!