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When I had the D-Link router I had an external hard drive plugged into it, it had to be formatted with the Linux to work.

It wouldn't work on the new Actiontec so I reformatted it to NTFS, I'm not having any luck and can't 'see' in the router settings anywhere, anyone else have luck plugging a HD into the USB port of the Actiontec?
Would be handy to have a network HD.
 

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From what I've heard the USB isn't active on the Actiontec for network shares.

It's possible that it will work with a future firmware upgrade
 

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I sent Actiontec and email, here's their response:
The usb port is not functional at this time. It is slated to only support connectivity of USB NAS drives and thumb drivers. It will not support connectivity of printers or other usb devices.
You will need to contact Telus for any information on activating the USB port.


TELUS knows nothing about it, not supported they say...
No manual at all at the Actiontec website either. out luck I guess, will hafta get a network HD.
 

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ActionTec DHCP

Anyone know how to turn off DHCP on the ActionTec? I have a DHCP server in my home already. Looked through all the setup pages, called Telus, nothing.
 

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Can the Actiontec V1000H Do Bridge Mode?

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.
 

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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.



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Thanks for the help Wiremonkey, I'll have to try it after the holidays. I was mainly concerned with having to be double NAT'd. What you say makes sense though.

Would there be any speed differences between the setup you suggested and the ALU / switch setup?
 

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Thanks for the help Wiremonkey, I'll have to try it after the holidays. I was mainly concerned with having to be double NAT'd. What you say makes sense though.

Would there be any speed differences between the setup you suggested and the ALU / switch setup?
Nope, but less clutter on the shelf or desk :)


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I have a D-link right now but would like to get the Actiontec for its Wireless-N and Gigabit LAN support. I find the range of the D-link to be dismal as I often have trouble getting a stable connection just 20ft away. Can I call tech support and arrange an exchange?
 

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Building on the previous post above, I am having Telus come and set up my new house in two weeks and am curious as to which unit I should ensure gets installed.

Sounds to me like the Actiontec is the way to go, what are peoples thoughts???
 

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If given a choice go Actiontec. I think most techs are now using Actiontecs exclusively unless they have none in stock.


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Wiremonkey, Can I network a desktop(wired),laptop(wireless),printer(wireless) with the Actiontec? I had a D-link before and the 2 Win 7 PC's could not see each other unless I wired the laptop. I really don't want to run behind another router.
 

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Yes that should work fine with the Actiontec, the D-link has issues with things on the Wi-Fi not being seem by things on the LAN and vice versa. Remember though that Wi-Fi is never as dependable as LAN. Wi-Fi is a radio signal, as such it can be jammed or interfered with, so dropped connections are not uncommon and speed can be degraded during times of interference.

Here is a short list of known disturbers for Wi-Fi.

Older 2.4 GHz cordless phones
Some types of wireless baby/child monitors
Some compact CFL bulbs and fluorescent lamp ballasts, especially poorly made or malfunctioning ones
Some wireless burglar alarms
Arc welders, high current electrical motors
Bad Hydro transformers in the immediate area
Jamming caused by too many other Wi-Fi sources (other people's routers) working on the same channels in close proximity
Large radio transmission towers in the area

This is by no means a complete list. As you can see there are a number of things that can foul Wi-Fi. Anything that produces interference in the 2.4 GHz bandwidth of the radio spectrum can cause Wi-Fi to drop out, be unstable or even become completely non-functional. It can be from next door too, so the fact you don't have any of these things in your home is largely irrelevant since radio doesn't respect boundaries.


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Thanks Wiremonkey, I never had any disturber, the PC's just did not see each other when the laptop was wireless. My son works in I&R in Calgary so when I get back I'll have him swap out the old D-link. Hopefully my downloads will be faster on wireless with this modem/router.
 

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Here's a question, hopefully you can help Wiremonkey, otherwise I'll be cancelling our Telus TV services, as tech support offers no help on this. Which I find disappointing, as there's no way we're possibly a rare exception in our configuration.
Since one of our Telus TV receivers is an Xbox360, in order to gain the full functionality of the Xbox, it needs to be part of our existing network. However, it of course is only supported to be part of the Telus ActionTec network.
Completely revamping/reconfiguring our existing network is out of the question, especially as the ActionTec has squat for DHCP or VPN features.
Of course, the default response is to run two separate networks, the ActionTec for the TelusTV devices, and of course the internal existing network. But, of course this causes issues such as the Xbox360 problem and then some.
I'm using a Cisco RVS4000 router, and am not about to give it up for the ActionTec to run my network. I've tried every configuration I can think of, including running the Cisco behind the ActionTec, with the DMZ open to the Cisco, as well as forwarding all ports to the Cisco as well. With the Telus TV receivers connected to the Cisco, the most I can get is about 3 minutes of signal before it freezes, whereupon changing channels unfreezes it for another 3 minutes. I've turned off the Cisco Firewall, and every protective feature it offers, and every combination within. No luck.

Honestly, if it can't work with an existing network then the expectation that people are going to reconfigure their networks and lose existing functionality (such as the Xbox360 Media Center features) in order to gain Telus TV is asking a bit much.

I'm willing to give it another go with playing with the configuration, but honestly, I don't expect it to work. So unless you have a suggestion that solves this, we'll be cancelling our Telus TV services. I'm not about to go through reconfiguration and loss of features just to use Telus TV. We were quite happy with ExpressVu, but I just wanted to have a feel for Telus TV as a lot of our clients will be likely to be using it in the future.

Thanks for any help you can provide.
 

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I would ask TELUS to send out a TECH to add an ALU modem in front of your Actiontec. Then you can have a switch behind the ALU and plug your router into that switch as well as the Actiontec. You get two IPs with your service this will split them among the two routers. You can run the Optik from the Actiontec and your network on your router. TELUS wants the Optik on the Actiontec so the QOS is supported, your router may or may not support the QOS used in Optik, and this is the reason TELUS wants Optik on their router and this would include the X-box. If this is not going to work for you then Optik may not be for you.

I know everyone has their preferences, but can I ask why are you reluctant to use the Actiontec? It's a 10/100/1000 router with N wifi and WPA2 security. I use VPN over the Actiontec. What other features do you need that it doesn't provide?


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