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jakethepeg
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Yes you can use your own router - if it has option 61 and MPoA

All you need to use your own router on NowTV broadband is a Fibre Router that has option 61.

You do not need any username or password!!

Just log in to nowtv router and get the Broadband MAC address. (not the LAN mac address).

It is somewhere in status or info - scroll through the menus to find it, and write it down.

It will be 12 letters or number separated by colons. xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx

 

You need a router that supports "option 61" Draytek routers e.g. 2760n

turn off the nowtv, hardwire yourself to the new router. gain access to the admin.

Go to WAN - > internet access select WAN1 details page  - go to the PPPoE and disable PPPoE go to the  MPoA tab and enable MPoA, and make sure optain DHCP address is enabled.

 

Go back to WAN - > Internet access and click the box - DHCP Client Options button

Click Wan1, enter 61 in option number, and in the data box enter this

your mac address from above and @skydsl and a pipe | and then make up an 8 digit password.

so you enter xxxxxxxxxxxx@skydsl|********

replace xs with the BB mac address and the *s with any password.

 

make sure you have already set up your wireless lan settings and password and admin access etc.

turn off the nowtv router and disconnect and plug in the draytek and swich on.

All working fine.

 

 

For other draytek routers there is a help file in the draytek support site.

probably works similar with other "good" routers that support MPoA and option 61.

It's a doddle!

 

 

 

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DrunkenMelon
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Re: Yes you can use your own router - if it has option 61 and MPoA

So I followed your instructions and they have worked but the speeds I'm getting are really slow, around 2Mbps Dl down from 37 with the stock router.  Any ideas what i might've done wrong?

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dan58
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Re: Yes you can use your own router - if it has option 61 and MPoA

I wish I found this article 5 frustrating hours of trying a go! many thanks for posting, all sorted now thanks to your easy to follow instructions 

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GingerD
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Re: Yes you can use your own router - if it has option 61 and MPoA

I have got the Draytek 2860N router and followed the instructions but am not picking up an IP address.

 

Does anyone know if there are any additional steps with that device.

 

Thanks

 

DT

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RoyB
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Re: Yes you can use your own router - if it has option 61 and MPoA

@GingerD 

 

Hire a good lawyer 🙂

 

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1Coops
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Re: Yes you can use your own router - if it has option 61 and MPoA

Hi

 

Looking for some help - I am using OpenWrt on an old BT Home Hub 5A using version 10.06.1.

 

I need some help trying to connect my router to NOW Tv BB as I have having lots of issue with their router with the BB freezing and no internet. Even at 6am in the morning.

 

I have followed the instructions on this post, however I cannot find where to enter (61).  I have a attached a screenshot to help.

 

I have placed the information into the correct fields, why is it I still cannot connect. 

 

 

Screenshot = https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qAmau3KniJAQfBYLq6p1836G_TpTI6gX/view?usp=sharing

 

Cheers in advance 

 

Coops

 

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Go back to WAN - > Internet access and click the box - DHCP Client Options button

Click Wan1, enter 61 in option number, and in the data box enter this

your mac address from above and @skydsl and a pipe | and then make up an 8 digit password.

so you enter xxxxxxxxxxxx@skydsl|********

replace xs with the BB mac address and the *s with any password.

 

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