So after spending some time researching, I decided to go with Telus and it's Optik TV / Internet service. I've been given a Actiontec v1000h even though I was promised the ALU/Dlink by the sales agent. I want to utilize my own Cisco router so I can use it to help study for the CCN P. A couple of questions:
1) Is there anyway the v1000h can be used in just bridge mode?
2) Can I purchase my own VDSL2/ADSL2+ modem without a router integrated? I'm only on a 19.3mb profile which the modem status page shows as ADSL2+ so it would have to have ADSL2+ built in. Not sure if this would work as Telus might need the hardware in their database.
3) If I'm unable to get an ALU then am I out of options do I have to go to Shaw to avoid being double NAT'd?
When the installer came he checked the connections and for some reason Telus ran copper to the building even though it's 3 years old, so I don't think I'll be getting VDSL2 profiles until they update that, which sucks. Thanks for any help!
PS If anyone knows of any Cisco routers that support GB ports with 802.11n besides the 800 series, please let me know.
You will still get VDSL2 rates on copper, as long as you are within the technical specs to attain them (distance from the port). Fiber is not required for VDSL2 Optik rates.
The Actiontec can’t be used in bridged mode.
You don't need to purchase anything. To avoid DHCP or NAT type of IP conflicts just reset the address range of your router to 172.16.0.0 range and you can plug it right into the Actiontec without any conflicts.
After resetting the address range on your router plug it into a LAN port, on the Actiontec, not the WAN port. Now go into the Actiontec (192.168.1.254 username admin/password telus) and set your router to DMZ mode in the Actiontec so the Actiontec’s firewall will not interfere with your routers network activities, you may also want to turn off the Actiontec's wifi while your in there since you will probably want to use your routers wifi as well.
Doing this will in effect make it so that you are using the VDSL2 modem in the Actiontec, but using your router for your PCs and other network equipment such as game consoles etc. The Optik TV is running on the Actiontec and gets all the advantages of the QOS that is built into the Actiontec, but doesn't have to run your network traffic other than to route it to your router past the modem, and having your router completely outside the NAT zone of the Actiontec. Hope this helps.
- another TELUS tech