[Debian-uk] UK DSL _modem_ recommendation

Edward Allcutt edward at allcutt.me.uk
Thu Aug 15 21:27:17 BST 2013

On Thu, 15 Aug 2013, Mike Crowe wrote:
> 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?

I use a ZyXEL P-660R-D1 in RFC1483 Bridge mode (whatever that is). It's 
used on a BT 21CN line although I know the same model also works in bridge 
mode on Be lines (why may use the other encapsulation? not sure).

It was supplied by my ISP and works fine as a bridge modem without any 
intervention for nearly three years. The only wrinkle is that it doesn't 
support "baby jumbo" frames which allow using PPPoE with an MTU of 1500 
for encapsulated frames. AAISP seem to recommend a "DLINK DSL-320B" for 
that use-case.

Edward Allcutt

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