That modem is a piece of garbage.
The only choice I had was with or without WiFi. I had to buy one, not rent. I could not chose the brand. But the price was reasonable ($60, if I remember correctly).
Now here's a bit of a mystery. I was told I was buying a Zhone modem, without WiFi. I got a CellPipe, with WiFi. Any opinion on whether I should complain? I haven't seen an invoice yet.
Added later: I just phoned Telnet Communications. The Zhone modem won't work with 25Mbsp up / 7Mbps down service. So the shipped the CellPipe. And I must rent it, they cannot sell it. So 000 was right and my quote from Telnet was wrong.
My understanding is that Bell imposes the brand on the third-party ISPs. The quasi-technical reason is that these modems are the only ones qualified by Bell to work on their system. I've heard that many of the DSLAMs don't conform to the VDSL 2 standard and these modems are bug-compatible. None of what I've just said is known to be true but it seems to match what you said later in the message.
I'm sad if I've been forced to buy a piece of garbage. Even more reason to leave most of the functions to my gateway (PPPoE, routing, NAPT, DHCP, DNS, DNSsec, firewall, VPN, ...). That leaves the actual modem functions in the CellPipe box -- I hope at least that part works.
The web address is not hidden or anything, if your computer or router is plugged in it should get a DHCP lease from 192.168.2.1. Just type ipconfig /all in Command Prompt to see it. The web address is http://192.168.2.1/
. The login/password is admin/admin.
I'm still awaiting installation, so I cannot yet play. Well, I guess I could play with the inward facing parts but that seems unrewarding.
The obvious parts of the interface should be obvious to me. Thanks for mentioning the default credentials. A good manual sure would be helpful. Even a poor manual would be a start. This is the first device I've bought that came with no documentation -- the only scrap of paper is some kind of label.
Well, something obvious that I don't know: can I use this just as a modem and still configure it through the web interface? My ADSL devices started acting as routers as soon as you talked to them like one. I guess that the trick must be (1) configure through web interface, (2) save configuration (3) power cycle, (4) just use as modem.
Let it run a few days to see if you have any problems. ...
Thanks for those hints!
I would link you to another forum where this topic is covered in-depth but the forum is down currently (DSLReports).
I had found that via google but the content seems to have gone. I hope that is temporary.
You will still be forced to pay rent even if you own your own modem, it's required as per the current wholesale contracts and Bell's torturous billing practices.
This isn't what Telnet Communications sales person told me. I was told I had to buy the modem OR pay an unreasonable rent.
I am assuming you signed up to VDSL2 for the higher upload. Otherwise there is no reason to put yourself through this pain. Third party cable from start.ca is probably much less expensive and more reliable.
I get a static IP address and other useful technical capabilities through Telnet Communications that the cable ISPs cannot provide. I do value the upload speed (no, not for unauthorized sharing).
This new broadband connection is to replace my current two: Rogers cable and Telnet Communications ADSL. I sure hope that the VDSL 2 connection is reliable. The current plan is to ditch the two old ones as soon as I've set up the new one to my satisfaction.
Thanks for your very useful replies. Keep 'em coming!