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 18.104.22.168 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.