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Standard User scopio
(committed) Wed 27-Jan-21 21:07:32
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PlusNet Hub One or Billion 8800NL R2?


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Called PlusNet retention to ask for an offer to sign up to a new contract as I am out of minimum contract and asked for the same price as Sky is offering new customers. I said I would get FTTC if they offered the same price of £25/month as Sky is offering. Which they agreed so I am getting 30 to 40 Mbps with Call Plan: Unlimited UK and Mobile calls total of £25/month for 18 months.
The new contract connection will start on Friday 29th January.
I have received the PlusNet Hub One but I have a brand new Billion BiPAC 8800NL R2 wireless-N VDSL2/ADSL 2+ so, my question is: is it better for me to set-up the Billion rather than the PlusNet Hub One?

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Standard User longedge
(experienced) Wed 27-Jan-21 21:53:38
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Re: PlusNet Hub One or Billion 8800NL R2?


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My approach would be to do an initial setup with the HubOne and once you're happy that everything is working OK then start thinking about experimenting.

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Standard User scopio
(committed) Wed 27-Jan-21 21:56:17
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Re: PlusNet Hub One or Billion 8800NL R2?


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Thanks @longedge will do.

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Standard User mikejp
(committed) Wed 27-Jan-21 22:00:44
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Re: PlusNet Hub One or Billion 8800NL R2?


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Agree with setting up the PN router - apart from anything else they may not 'assist' you if there are problems with any other router. Once you are settled, as longedge suggests, go for the Billion - - a good router,

Edited by mikejp (Wed 27-Jan-21 22:01:19)

Standard User fireants
(member) Thu 28-Jan-21 07:30:20
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In terms of the retention plan, the 18 month contract is a PITA. You can get line rental saver for 12 months but the remaining 6 is full price.
Standard User longedge
(experienced) Thu 28-Jan-21 11:41:44
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In reply to a post by fireants:
In terms of the retention plan, the 18 month contract is a PITA. You can get line rental saver for 12 months but the remaining 6 is full price.

It's not an issue. You can also have 12 month and 24 month broadband contracts. I've had both.

I also save a few quid by having LRS.

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Edited by longedge (Thu 28-Jan-21 11:43:19)

Standard User Jaggies
(committed) Thu 28-Jan-21 19:34:10
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Re: PlusNet Hub One or Billion 8800NL R2?


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I have a Billion 8800 AXL here and have used it for a few years now. It's mostly rock solid.
The model you're considering has the same problem as the original Billion 8800NL - the LAN ports don't have Gigabit Ethernet, so only 10/100 rather than the AXL's 10/100/1000.
If your internal network can live with that, it should be fine.

Brian
From September 2001 on BTopenworld Home 500/Home 1000/Home 2000. Then ADSLMax on <n>ildram. Moved to ADSL2+ from ADSL24. I'm now with plusnet on FTTC since 28/05/2014 and loving it... I'm not saying who I work for. Any opinions expressed here are my own.
Standard User j0hn83
(knowledge is power) Sat 30-Jan-21 12:20:34
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Re: PlusNet Hub One or Billion 8800NL R2?


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The Billion 8800NL R2 has a cheap/budget Broadcom chipset.
The older 8800NL R1 had a premium Broadcom chipset.

It's bait and switch. Releasing a product with premium components and then releasing a 2nd revision with the same model number but with inferior components.
The majority of good reviews you will read about the Billion 8800NL will likely be for the older model.

I found it (the chipset) quite unstable on my line.

Personally I think you would be better off with the Plusnet Hub One.
If you are able to I would recommend getting a refund on the Billion.
Standard User Malwaremike
(experienced) Sat 30-Jan-21 12:44:59
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I too have had bad experience of Billion routers, £80 down the drain. However the PN Hub One (rebadged HH5 I think) has its limitations and for the past couple of years I have excellent results from the BT HH6 which cost me £15 on Gumtree. PN Community website has full instructions on setting it up.
Standard User fireants
(member) Mon 01-Feb-21 10:17:36
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Me too..been using a secondhand BT hub 6 since I subscribed to Plusnet and can confirm it works very well
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