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Bypassing Bell FibreOP Actiontec Router With ASUS RT-AC68U

Curran Jensen | Oct 23, 2014 (3 years ago)


Even though I had the middle tier Internet service with Bell FibreOP, I just wasn't having good luck with their supplied router, which in my case was an Actiontec R1000H. I'm not sure if it was due to the fact that is was all the way down in my basement or not, however I was constantly waiting for it to respond both on my laptop and iPad. In fact it seemed slower than the old DSL!

Because I also get Bell TV, I couldn't replace the Actiontec all together, since my house still has coaxial cable hooked up to the Actiontec going out to the set top boxes.

What I did was successfully bypass it, and I am thrilled with the result.

I purchased an ASUS RT-AC68U router and also a simple D-Link DGS-1005G 5 Port gigabit switch.

The way I set it up is according to this post, which I will quote here:

All you need to do is put an un-managed GIGABIT switch (I use a DGS-1005G) on port 1 of your ONT, then from the switch, feed 1 port to the WAN port of the Actiontech, and one to the WAN port of your router/firewall.

Before making any hardware changes, log into the management pages on the Actiontech, release your IP on the status page, then go to "Advanced Setup > WAN IP Settings" and change it from "RFC 1483 via DHCP" to "PPPoE" I also find it good measure to power down the ONT and Actiontech after these changes, place the un-managed switch inline then the Actiontech, power it all up, verify that TV is working, then continue on to Internet configuration (this should allow enough time to avoid and DHCP issues with the new setup).

You need to tag the router/firewall WAN side with VLAN35.

I should also mention to disable the wireless radio on the Actiontec.

OK, that seems straightforward, but what about the VLAN tagging? The tagging is needed to receive Internet via the FibreOP service. At first I was really confused by this and ended up actually flashing the TomatoUSB by Shibby firmware onto my ASUS. Although I was able to get it to flash successfully, when I went to configure the VLANs, it would become unresponsive and unreachable.

Luckily, the default firmware of the ASUS can handle the VLAN tagging out of the box, and a custom firmware is not needed at all! What you can do is set up the router as normal, but check the option for "custom ISP requirements" and enter the following settings:

ISP profile - manual 
Internet: VID 35, PRIO 0
Lan Port 4: VID 34, PRIO 4
Lan Port 3: (leave blank)

Again, I'm extremely satisfied by this new setup. Everything feels really snappy and loads much more quickly, and TVs/DVRs still work fine. Glad to finally be able to take full advantage of FibreOP speeds, its amazing!


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