You actually do not need to connect a VDSL modem/router to the NBN NCD (connection box) for FTTC TPG internet. The NBN NCD is the modem. I just connected a router ONLY to the NBN NCD modem and all works perfect. Router in question is a Ubiquiti Edgerouter X (AU$85). This is a router only (no VDSL modem inside). To connect all you need to do is select PPPoE in the router settings, your account/user name and password, tick a box called 'internet connection is on VLAN' and set 'VLAN ID' to 2. That's it, internet working. Any router only or wifi router only should be able to connect to the NBN NCD modem as long as it has the VLAN ID option in the PPPoE settings. I connected my airport time capsule to the LAN port on the router, set it to bridge mode and WiFi connected instantly. The NBN NCD is connected to the assigned 'WAN' port on the router (this is automatically setup when configuring is done). I have also connected 2 TP link switches to the remaining LAN ports on the Edgerouter X and working perfectly also. Only issue someone may have is if they want to connect a phone (VoIP) to the router. I'm not sure this will work. I haven't used a phone at my unit for over 10 years so this is a non issue for me.
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I'm on the NBN with TPG FTTC and have the NBN box and supplied router (Archer VR1600v) installed and working. I would like to install a third party router as the coverage with the supplied router is not adequate at my premises. I am looking at purchasing a wi fi six router namely the Netgear Nighthawk AX12 which has recently become available in Australia. I would like to know if the Netgear router can directly connect to the NBN box supplied by TPG. I do not have a home phone connected as I do not use it and never will. Link to wi fi router below. https://www.harveynorman.com.au/netgear-nighthawk-ax12-12-stream-wifi6-router.html Thanks
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