[Debian-uk] UK DSL _modem_ recommendation

Steve McIntyre steve at einval.com
Fri Aug 16 10:56:56 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?

Hi Mike,

I've been using a wide variety of cheap and cheerful ADSL
modem/routers in bridged mode for years, terminating the PPP session
as PPPoE on my firewall/router box. I've never had any issues this
way, and it means I can simply swap in a new ADSL modem with minimal
setup as/when needed. My experience has been that consumer-level ADSL
kit is cheap and nasty, even when you pay over the odds. So I'm happy
to reduce my reliance on such devices to simple translation.

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve at einval.com
Welcome my son, welcome to the machine.

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