Plusnet router

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Graham J, Jun 12, 2015.

  1. Graham J

    Graham J Guest

    Can anybody advse whether the "free" router that Plusnet provides to new
    customers (for only the cost of P&P) responds to ping from the internet,
    and whether it can be managed from the internet?


    -- Graham J
    Graham J, Jun 12, 2015
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  2. No on both counts, unless hacking the config/using a machine in the DMZ
    do the work.
    Plusnet Support Team, Jun 12, 2015
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  3. Graham J

    Roger Mills Guest

    So does the Remote Management function not work on the latest offering?
    I can use it ok to access the somewhat older Thomson router at my
    holiday flat from my main home (using a dynamic DNS arrangement which
    tracks IP address changes).

    But I've not had any joy doing it the other way round even though I've
    enabled Remote Access on my router at home. I assumed this was probably
    because I'm on fibre here - so the router is *just* a router, with a
    separate fibre modem. Or could it be that the TG882n doesn't allow it,
    even though the menu suggests that it does?
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    Roger Mills, Jun 12, 2015
  4. Graham J

    Alex Fraser Guest

    I requested one as a stop-gap when I switched from ADSL to FTTC a couple
    of months ago (which I mention just in case it's changed).

    It seems like it would be great for a basic user but, in short, if you
    have a question about it more obscure than "Does it have WiFi?" then it
    is probably not the router for you ;).

    Alex Fraser, Jun 12, 2015
  5. Graham J

    Graham J Guest

    Thanks. And thanks to Bob Pullen.

    I will advise the potential customer not to bother, and will supply a
    basic model myself.

    Proabably a TP-Link W8960N - which I've used on both ADSL and FTTC with
    the BT-supplied modem. One is working on a Plusnet service where we
    paid the initial £5 extra to get a static IP.

    The issue with the potential customer is that the current internet
    conection appears to be intermittent, so I want to be able to monitor it
    remotely, look at error counts and the like. But given that it is
    currently with BT I intend to move the customer to Plusnet first so she
    gets a static IP address; then if reliability problems persist we will
    have a sensible error log to discuss with Plusnet.
    Graham J, Jun 13, 2015
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    Phil W Lee Guest

    If you want one which contains the modem (of both varieties of DSL)
    then I can strongly recommend the Billion BiPAC 8800NL.

    That way, you'll already be ahead of the problem if it turns out to be
    the BT modem.
    Phil W Lee, Jun 14, 2015
  7. Graham J

    Graham J Guest

    Sadly, in this instance the customer is never likely to get FTTC. She's
    in a village not far from Thetford where the nearest green cabinet is at
    a road junction 3km away.

    Unless of course BT plan to rewire the village with a green cabinet in
    the centre, to which a new cabinet for FTTC could be attached. Now if
    the pikeys come and steal all the underground copper wire ...?

    ADSL speeds are currently just about 2Mbits/sec so Norfolk County
    Council are unlikely to fund satellite broadband, but they have
    suggested this might be possible for areas where ADSL speeds are
    significantly lower than 2 Mbits/sec.
    Graham J, Jun 14, 2015
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    Andy Burns Guest

    Pikeys stole the copper into this village *twice* in recent years,
    didn't hasten the arrival of fibre ... the copper is still needed even
    with FTTC.
    Andy Burns, Jun 14, 2015
  9. Graham J

    Flop Guest

    No-one has nicked our aluminium.

    But it is tempting :)
    Flop, Jun 14, 2015
  10. Graham J

    Phil W Lee Guest

    It should be technically possible to use much less copper though, by
    multiplexing many voice circuits that are attached to VDSL customers
    over a single pair.
    I don't know if this has been done anywhere yet though (and fairly
    obviously, you couldn't multiplex those customers still on ADSL).
    Phil W Lee, Jun 14, 2015
  11. Graham J

    Andy Burns Guest

    If they were going to change anything, it'd be to move the linecard into
    the FTTC cabinet, and do the A/D and D/A conversions there, rather than
    in the exchange.
    Andy Burns, Jun 14, 2015
  12. Graham J

    Graham. Guest

    All my telephony needs are met by VoIP kit on my premises with battery

    If they remove all the E-side copper tomorrow, I doubt I would even

    Didn't the original "Home Hub" have an integrated ATA to implement a
    second line for BT internet customers? (BT BBV)

    What happened to that?

    Did the bean counters realise that the Jeanie would escape from the
    bottle once the average subscriber realised he could make his own
    telephony arrangements?
    Graham., Jun 15, 2015
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    Richard_CC Guest

    Was the Genie called Jeanie? Jeanius.

    If only Ionica had managed to develop better technology, we would be
    pulling up copper wires for scrap value, communicating through a real
    network with multiple redundant nodes, and BT would stand for British
    Television. The underground conduits could be used to deliver mains beer.
    Richard_CC, Jun 15, 2015
  14. Do you mean TG582n? If so, there's a good chance you'll need to fiddle
    around with it -
    Plusnet Support Team, Jun 15, 2015
  15. Graham J

    Graham. Guest

    When virgin media and its forebears started to duct their cables into
    homes, BT should have been required to do likewise, instead of
    continuing to extend its spider's web of aerial drop wire above the
    Graham., Jun 15, 2015
  16. But VM don't, it pops out of the pavement two inches from my boundary
    and is then inserted into a bit of flexible conduit that is thrown
    across the flowerbed (now, by me, fixed to the fence) and up the front
    wall of the house, and twenty years on the pavement still has a groove
    where VM's predecessors dug it up. The drop wire from BT is nicely
    fixed and out of reach :)

    Peter Andrews, Jun 15, 2015
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    Jim Guest

    That one's fine. Works well for me at 60Mbps downstream
    on Zen's fibre from the OpenReach modem over a goodly length
    of ethernet cable.
    Jim, Jun 15, 2015
  18. Graham J

    Roger Mills Guest

    Yes, sorry - I did mean TG582n.

    Interestingly, I've just succeeded in accessing it remotely without
    doing any of the stuff in the link which you posted! When I was last at
    home, I'd simply enabled remote access from the Toolbox menu when logged
    on as the default admin user, made a note of the (https) URL - including
    port number - and set my own password.

    I'm currently away from home - albeit using another PlusNet ADSL
    connection - and have just been able to log on using that URL with the
    password I chose and the user name 'tech'. I hadn't previously succeeded
    in doing that, so I'm not sure whether something has changed or whether
    it was just finger trouble on my part!
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    Roger Mills, Jun 15, 2015
  19. Graham J

    Graham. Guest

    Point taken, but I still think overhead distribution is so third
    Graham., Jun 16, 2015
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