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  Reply # 2019684 21-May-2018 11:24
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hio77: If you need the service to work without interruptions put the hg659b in place now.

Vdsl doesn't fallback to adsl.


Thanks. I have 'preconfigured' the hg569b and then disconnected it, so I can plug it in and use it as a modem router when the time comes. Unfortunately its device limit means it will only be a stopgap and until the changeover I will need to keep using the Netgear.
My preference will be to bridge the Huawei to the Netgear. Hopefully it doesn't turn into a configuration nightmare!

Next noob question,
When I set the HG659b up in bridge mode does it need to be in the IP range that the Netgear router is using? As an example my current network uses 192.168.2.xx as its IP range but that is forbidden on the HG659b as it is reserved for its guest Network. So at the moment I have changed the HG659b to 198.162.3.1 as the gateway address instead of the default 192.168.1.254 that it came with.

Can I access the settings of the HG659b directly by Ethernet cable from a laptop plugged into it when it is in bridge mode?

My difficulty is I have 21 wired and 22 wifi devices in the house and the list keeps growing. Some of which are configured at their end to use a specific LAN address.




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  Reply # 2020549 22-May-2018 18:23
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Wow, that was easy in the end!
Apart from waiting all day for them to flick the switch, the changeover took about 3 minutes to complete. I already had the Huawei LAN port connected to the Netgear WAN port with an Ethernet cable.
ADSL went dead.
Transferred the DSL cable from the Netgear to the Huawei.
Booted up the Huawei, changed it to bridge mode following the Spark website instructions.
Logged into the Netgear and changed encapsulation to PPPoE and entered my username and password.
Apply.
Job done. VDSL.
Spark text saying VDSL connected came through about 5 minutes later.
First run of Speedtest (old figures in brackets)
Down 42 (12), Up 14 (0.8)
Small dice for people with fibre, but a big deal for us.



Edit: I reset the the Huawei back to defaults before the transfer.




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  Reply # 2020566 22-May-2018 18:43
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Nice - huge increase. You found the VLAN tag area in your Netgear OK obviously? I seem to remember this being tricky, maybe they've fixed it with more recent firmware, I've not played with one for a while. 




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  Reply # 2020637 22-May-2018 19:25
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To be honest, I did nothing other than as described above and set WAN preference to auto detect.
The steps seem a little more complicated when fibre is concerned.
It's working, so, for now, it's hands off.




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