On 29/09/2021 07:32, leen...@yahoo.co.uk
> On Tuesday, 28 September 2021 at 14:40:10 UTC+1, The Natural
> Philosopher wrote:
>> On 28/09/2021 07:55, leen...@yahoo.co.uk
>>> whether I could/ should put the new router after the ClearOS
>>> box. i.e. OpenReach thing -> ClearOS Nic 1 -> Clear OS Nic 2 ->
>>> New Router -> internal switch.
>> No. The new router will expect to be the primary gateway and will
>> need to pick up its IP address using DHCP from the ISP.
>> Now you might be able to replace it with something home brewed, but
>> dont expect any support from the ISP if you do.
> Fair point but assume that would be the case if I used any router
> other than the one they provided? When I get support from EE
> (current provider) they are able to "log in" to my router to get info
Well to be honest most ISPs will support a fair number of well known
Look there is nothing to stop you stepping off the 'well supported, like
everyone else does it' platform provided you understand the consequences.
You can roll your own twin NIC router and do everything you need on it
and simply sell the EE router on Ebay.
What you will have to do on it, is set the WAN up using login
credentials with PPPOE - just as you would with ADSL - and with DHCP to
get the IP address and nameserver and default route for that interface
from your ISP.
Then you need to set up static IP address for the router LAN interface,
and a DHCP server attached to that interface, and a NAT setup to allow
internal machines internet access.
Then because you will now have VOIP client *inside* the network, you
need to set up VOIP and STUN servers and stuff like that which I simply
cant advise on, because I let my router do all that.
And you will need to buy some form of VOIP phone or server, and get EE
to release their VOIP login credentials, or use a different VOIP service.
Now I *could* probably do all that, I have the technical background, but
it would probably take me several days. When I used a draytek router I
phoned tech support at IDnet and they told me the very few things I
needed to do to connect via fibre. Took 30 minutes.
It's a sort of 'do you feel lucky today, punk' sort of scenario.
I didnt feel lucky. I have a box designed to do all that and make it
easy for support and its perfectly capable as it happens of doing
probably everything you want.
In short you probably dont need a home brew solution at all. Or if you
do, stick it behind the supplied router where the problems are less.
That's why I recommend you keep the supplied router and monkey around
behind it to create your internal networks.
Duplicating all its functionality is quite a lot of work
But if you want to do it, you can of course.
I think you can even get PC cards with telephone interfaces and run your
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