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Topic # 135173 17-Nov-2013 16:02
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Hi folks, first post here so please bear with me.

I have just got hooked up to UFB with Telecom and am pleased with the overall package and results.  The connection process was quick and connection is stable so far.  I had a decent ADSL setup before and have a variety of home equipment on my network.  I have noticed a few things not working as they used to and need some help understanding what has changed.

I have done as much reading as I can here and in other places but there are still some gaps in my knowledge and comprehension of how all the pieces fit here.

First off, I am not keen on the Technicolor TG587N and I gather I am not alone.  It broke my Apple network devices in terms of AFP file sharing, iTunes and Time Machine backups.  No updates available so I chucked in a TP-Link Gigabit switch attached to the gig port on the TG587N and that took care of it.  I find the wireless pretty poor as well and would like to get back to using my TP-Link TL-WR2543ND which I have found to be a very capable device.  I stuck it in behind the Technicolor and that worked OK but I don't really want to stay with a double NAT setup.

Question 1:  I gather that the TG587N can be put in bridge mode but I cannot for the life of me find out exactly how!  I don't think it can be done from the standard web interface - can someone please tell me in detail how to do this?

I thought I would also try a more technical approach to see what I could learn.  Using a different router apparently requires setting up PPOE on the WAN interface as well as something called VLAN tagging using a VLAN value of 10.  I thought I understood what VLANs are (used for logical network groupings?) but I don't quite see how that fits in here.

Anyway I could not work out how to do any of this stuff using the standard firmware on the TP-Link router so I decided to change it to using OpenWRT and got 12.09 running OK on the box.  I have trolled through the new web interface and tried a few experiments with PPOE ( and setting a VLAN 10 assigned to the WAN interface but have not succeeded in getting an Internet connection yet, so:

Question 2: can some please explain how to set up OpenWRT (command line is fine) to get the PPOE connection working between the TL-WR2543ND and the ONT?

Thanks in advance for any help and enlightenment!

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  Reply # 935261 17-Nov-2013 16:31
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You need to set the WAN port on the router to tagged VLAN 10, not just VLAN 10. This is in addition to PPPoE with your username and password.
If you have these two things running correctly you should be able to establish a PPP connection.

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  Reply # 935262 17-Nov-2013 16:32
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Lorenceo: You need to set the WAN port on the router to tagged VLAN 10, not just VLAN 10. This is in addition to PPPoE with your username and password.
If you have these two things running correctly you should be able to establish a PPP connection.

Fibre uses port based authentication. All you need is VLAN 10 tagged.. No PPPoE


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  Reply # 935263 17-Nov-2013 16:34
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If your ISP requires a PPP connection though you're not going to get far without it. :x

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  Reply # 935268 17-Nov-2013 17:16
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Thanks for the rapid responses, I will attempt to post some screenshots to clarify what I have done so far. I believe I do have PPOE defined and a tagged VLAN but I must still be missing something...

(hope these images upload OK!)

The Technicolor WAN:

My attempt at the TP-Link OpenWRT:

Port 0 is connected by the red cable to the optical terminal.  My computer is connected to Port 4.  There are only 4 gigabit ports on this router so I am not sure what the others are doing there!

If there is any way I can dump configs to a text file which would be more useful please let me know.


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