I have started this thread on the advice of Hio77. It is a repeat of my post in Niscoupe's thread on the Spark forum concerning VDSL problems.
I have just arranged to switch from ADSL to VDSL with Spark (fibre is still 13 months away in my street).
I did the arranging in-store and was provided with the Huawei HG659b modem.
I explained that my current Netgear D6200 wasn't capable of VDSL so needed a VDSL modem with the intention of still using the D6200 as the wifi router, mainly because I have all sorts of address reservations, dynamic dns(?) and port forwarding set up on it.
The house has a master splitter fitted (Telequip DSL1518 VDSL Splitter written on it) and the current D6200 is connected to a phone jack on the modem side of the splitter.
I don't have a huge amount of faith in what I was told in-store because I was also told the HG659b wasn't capable of ADSL, but according to the manual, it is.
Can I connect the Spark router to the phone jack currently used by my ADSL router using the supplied (grey) ADSL lead and still get VDSL when it is switched over?
Or do I need an RJ45 socket connected to the splitter fitted by a technician and use the provided (black) VDSL cable? Will the grey cable compromise the VDSL performance?
Is my plan to use the HG659b as a modem only, in bridge mode sensible?
Or am I better to cut my losses and use all the modem/router functions it offers and go through the pain of configuring everything all over again? The reason being, when fibre arrives next year I intend to get it, retaining our landline (for family reasons). From the simplistic diagram in the user manual it looks like we will then get a fibre modem connected to the ONT that then goes into the WAN port of the HG659b. So it surely would be able to be connected to the WAN port on the D6200 just as easily?
If I connect the HG659b up now (with ADSL) will it automatically sense the changeover to VDSL? Maybe requiring only a reboot? Manual says can't be connected in bridge mode on ADSL though so this would only be if I ditch the Netgear altogether.
I believe, having signed up for 12 months with Spark we are entitled to get VDSL 'installed', and as such should be able to get whatever connections are required.
I note the box the router came in says VDSL 2 splitter required, so maybe some installation will be required?
If not, can I preconfigure the HG659b with all the reserved IP addresses etc prior to connecting it to the internet. Or does it need to 'phone home' as an initialisation step?
Would be interested though to hear people's opinions on the Huawei vs the Netgear D6200 as a modem/router anyway. I like the Netgear Genie interface for accessing the router. Can't imagine the Huawei will be as user friendly but if it is a better router all round than the Netgear it may be worth the setup pain.
I got answers to some of the above questions in the other thread but would appreciate any input.