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I have just setup an Orbi RBK50 and connected it to my tpg (iinet actually) account. I eventually got that working by changing the vlan setting to 2 - thanks to those that came before me. My problem now is that I want to use the Archer VR1600v that I got from iiNet as the voip adapter for my landline as the Orbi doesn't have voip capability. I connected the Archer to the orbi, disabled all the wifi and the dhcp et al on it, set it to a static address, but the phone still does not work. I get a dialtone, but that's it. It won't dial out, or in. Of course, iinet (TPG etc) seem to have disabled the Telephony menu on the Archers. Has anybody got this to work? I really don't want to have to purchase a separate VOIP adapter - say a cisco SPA122 or something - when the Archer should do the job just fine.

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I found a solution. It is to put a switch between the NBN and the routers. I think this will apply for both tpg and iinet (although they are the same, but different, they have both hidden the voip stuff the same way). Basically connect from the NBN modem to the switch then from the switch to the Internet port on the Orbi, and from the switch to the WAN port on the archer. Make sure the Archer has wifi turned off. Basically it's allowing me to use the archer purely as a voip service, with the Orbi doing everything else.

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Hi @nroulston

 

Welcome to the Community!

 

If you have a TPG account, I would have told you that the setup you're aiming for won't work right out of the bat. For TPG customers, the VOIP settings are preconfigured to the modem we supply. In order for the homephone to work, it should be the main device since the modem needs to contain the authentication details itself.

 

Now I'm not sure if this holds true for iiNet accounts. We suggest, checking this further with iiNet support. You can reach them at 13 22 58. Please understand that though TPG and iiNet are under the same umbrella, we are still 2 separate entities, thus, have different databases.

 

Hopefully though, someone else in the community can provide their experience.

 

Regards,

Will

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Solution:

 

I found a solution. It is to put a switch between the NBN and the routers. I think this will apply for both tpg and iinet (although they are the same, but different, they have both hidden the voip stuff the same way). Basically connect from the NBN modem to the switch then from the switch to the Internet port on the Orbi, and from the switch to the WAN port on the archer. Make sure the Archer has wifi turned off. Basically it's allowing me to use the archer purely as a voip service, with the Orbi doing everything else.

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Thank you very very much for those details. This may save me a bucket of time. I can now see how to utilise a very efficient router to provide all my lan clients (wired and wireless) while using the TPLink to provide the telephony to the connected ATA devices. Now the terrible management page issues I currently have can be circumvented by utilisng a second router. never thought about that option before. You are a godsend :-)

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I only have 1 public IP address and I need the traffic going to my LAN Gateway/firewall device to use that IP address just as I need the TpLink to connect with that IP Address.

 

I understand the topology okay and believe it will give me what I want but do both the TpLink and the Orbi logon to the same account or do you have the Orbi just dynamically connecting?