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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Unread 2019-11-23, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Replace Home Hub 2000 with two DSL lines to add router & OPNSense box


I have read several posts where many people have replaced have home hub 2000/3000 that have fibre installed, however, my HH2K is internet only and limited to Fibe50 i.e. 50Mbps DL/10Mbps UL. Technician installed two lines into the HH2K DSL ports (RJ-11 jacks). My goal is I don't want to have HH2k in bridge mode and want to use my own router, Asus RT-AC86U and a Qotom (miniPC) for OPNSense firewall/VPN server. However, I recognize the HH2K may be required because of the two DSL lines.

With the current installation is there any possibility of removing the HH2k and use my own router? I don't want the HH2k in bridge mode and then adding my own router and firewall/VPN server after it.

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Unread 2019-11-24, 12:44 PM
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The modem in the Home Hub is required. That means it is not easily replaced. (Any replacement modem would need to be compatible and Bell's network they would need to authorize, it which is unlikely.) By putting the Home Hub in bridge mode, you are essentially disabling the router in the Home Hub and only using the modem.

Using an OPNSense or PfSense router is a good idea provided it is well designed and maintained. The Qotom mini PC is a capable option. I'd recommend one of the 4 Intel LAN models.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Unread 2019-11-25, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you. I purchased a J3160 which has four Intel LAN ports for my OPNSense box.
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