[Debian-uk] UK DSL _modem_ recommendation

Dominic Hargreaves dom at earth.li
Thu Aug 15 20:53:48 BST 2013

On Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 07:47:53PM +0100, Mike Crowe wrote:
> I've run my Debian box as a NAT router connected to my ADSL connection
> for many years. To do this well so that a network interface on the box
> gets the public IP address from my ISP I've used a D-Link DSL-300G
> ADSL1 Ethernet modem then a Speedtouch USB ADSL1 modem and more
> recently a Draytek Vigor 120 ADSL2+ modem.
> Unfortunately I've had two of the Vigor 120s fail for me after less
> than a year each. Now it's out of warranty Draytek aren't interested
> so I'm looking at alternatives.
> It looks like many ADSL routers support bridge modes but from what I
> can tell (and this is why I'm posting to debian-uk) these modes are
> useless in the UK because we use PPPoA rather than PPPoE and unlike
> the Vigor 120 they don't translate between the two.
> I can't believe I'm the only person trying to do this. What does
> everyone else use?

It's probably worth checking with your ISP, but I believe that nearly
all lines now support PPPOE directly. I certainly had no trouble with
the A&A-supplied ZyXEL P660R with a BT 21CN line (I now use an openreach
supplied VDSL modem on the A&A FTTC service).


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