Advice needed - WiFi Modem

Tubbsy

quadragenarian
Staff member
Alright, an update.

Had the tech come for a visit and it turns out others in the street have had issues too. Something near the node was failing, and now I'm connected to a node that's much closer.

They have installed a mini DSLAM (whatever the fuck that is, a new node?) in the street out the front of my house.

Now I have 75mbps down, 30mbps up over wifi.

Winning.
 

dancaseyimages

Mountain bike pornographer
Alright, an update.

Had the tech come for a visit and it turns out others in the street have had issues too. Something near the node was failing, and now I'm connected to a node that's much closer.

They have installed a mini DSLAM (whatever the fuck that is, a new node?) in the street out the front of my house.

Now I have 75mbps down, 30mbps up over wifi.

Winning.
If you talked to customer service, depending on your provider, since its their fault they can usually help you out with a discount off your bill.
I got throttled last year through faulty wiring to our house (while Uni was in the exam period) and we got half price bills for 3 months through TPG.
 

Mr Crudley

Eats Squid
They have installed a mini DSLAM (whatever the fuck that is, a new node?) in the street out the front of my house.

Now I have 75mbps down, 30mbps up over wifi.

Winning.
DSLAM is a DSL Access Mux used to group together the copper xDSL phone lines from your local area and pop them on a faster medium - usually fibre - upsteam backhaul to your RSP.

75Mbps is great and the short distance you are from it should keep your speed high. Don't mess with anything, leave it all alone now :)
 

stirk

Wheel size expert
I have no idea what you just said, but it sounds good!
A DSLAM is like a big modem normally installed in the local telephone exchange connecting to the next layer in the network and so on until you get to the porn site you are surfing. The closer you are with a copper line connection to the DSLAM the faster your speed will be.
 

wesdadude

Likes Dirt
Apologies to some of you in advance, this is going to get technical fast.

So I came home tonight to find out that Mum has plugged in the nbn box (a Sagemcom F@ST 5355). The interface is a little janky and it doesn't support custom DNS so I'm now considering rolling my own (seems like a better option than trying to flash it with something like OpenWRT). I'd like to run a Pi-Hole (ideally on the router but I'm also comfortable using a standalone Pi as DNS). I'd like to get my hands dirty, I'm not entirely sure where to start. I'm a software engineer by trade so as long as it's not like installing Arch I'll be fine.
 

gippyz

Likes Bikes
Apologies to some of you in advance, this is going to get technical fast.

So I came home tonight to find out that Mum has plugged in the nbn box (a Sagemcom F@ST 5355). The interface is a little janky and it doesn't support custom DNS so I'm now considering rolling my own (seems like a better option than trying to flash it with something like OpenWRT). I'd like to run a Pi-Hole (ideally on the router but I'm also comfortable using a standalone Pi as DNS). I'd like to get my hands dirty, I'm not entirely sure where to start. I'm a software engineer by trade so as long as it's not like installing Arch I'll be fine.
As in this Pi-hole? https://pi-hole.net/
Might want to start here: https://blog.cryptoaustralia.org.au/2018/08/06/instructions-for-setting-up-pi-hole/

I have never done it before, but now that i see what Pi-hole is, i'll try to install it myself - hate those ads and trackers.
For those who don't know, Pi-hole is an add and tracker blocker.
 
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link1896

Wheel size expert
Previously I was running zental as a router/firewall/DNS server as a VM on a dell r210

About to jump to pfsense, probably on one of pfsenses partners dedicated hardware platforms to minimise energy usage, and either pfsenses dns ad blocker PFblockingNG or Pi-hole.

New to me is the requirement of blocking content for kids. It’s a weird turn of events that a deviate has to become the content police.
 

wesdadude

Likes Dirt
I have set up Pi-Hole before so I know how it works. Thing is it works as a DNS server (tells devices on your network where to find websites) which requires your router to use it as the DNS server itself. The Telstra firmware doesn't easily support custom DNS (so that they can use theirs to block piracy websites) and the software is shit.

I did a bit more reading seems I will need a dsl modem to convert vdsl to Ethernet that I can then feed into a pc running the router software.
 
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