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Use your own router with Bell

This guide will show you how to use your own router instead of the Homehub 3000 Bell provides you with when you subscribe with the Fibe internet service.

Why do this? I like the ability to control my home network and run various services which I would not be able to do with the Homehub 3000.

You will need a few things:

  • A router that supports VLAN tagging and allows you to setup PPPoE connections. I am using an ASUS RT-AC5300 flashed with Asuswrt-Merlin. This guide can be used with other routers that support these features, you will ne to adjust accordingly. 
  • A media converter with a SFP slot, such as the TP-Link MC200L.
  • A CAT5 ethernet cable. You will likely already have one coming out of the HomeHub 3000.
  • Bell’s Fibe internet service.
  • Your Bell internet ID and password. It starts with b1.

Caveat: Please take care pulling out the fiber optic cable and SFP modules. I cannot be held responsible if you accidently break anything.

  1. If you already know your Bell internet ID and password then skip to Step 3. If not, then log into then click on My profile at the top. Next, scroll down and on the left-hand side look for the Service profiles section. Here you will see you b1 ID – write it down.
  2. Click on the b1 ID, then you will see the option call Internet access password. Click Edit right next to that text and then follow the steps to change your b1 password.
  3. Now that you have your b1 ID and password, disconnect the power from the Homehub 3000.
  4. Open the back cover where the fiber optic cable is plugged in (it has a green tip) and carefully remove it.
  5. Open the hatch where you pulled out the fiber optic cable and you will see the SFP module. You will need to carefully pull out the SFP module form the Homehub 3000. See if you need a little demonstration on removing it. 
  6. Once the SFP module has been removed plug it into the MC200L, in the SFP port. It can only go one way. Now take your fiber optic cable and plug it into the SFP module.
  7. Connect the ethernet cable from the MC200L into the WAN port of your router.
  8. Next, log into your router then click on WAN under the Advanced Settings menu on the left-hand side.
  9. In the WAN screen, change the WAN Connection Type to PPPoE. Scroll down to the bottom and under Account Settings enter your b1 username and password.
  10. You can experiment the MTU/MRU values. I’ve left the default 1492 as this gave me the best results.
  11. Once you have made these changes, click on Apply at the bottom. 
  12. Next, click on LAN under Advanced Settings, then click on the IPTV tab at the top.
  13. In the LAN Port section,  change Select ISP Profile to Manual Setting. Next to Internet, change the VID value to 35 then click Apply at the bottom.

  1. Finally reboot the router. If everything worked, you should see all the lights on the MC200L light up. Log back into the router then click on Network Map and after a few minutes (can take around 5 minutes or so) you should have a connection established. 

If it’s not working, try the following:

  • Verify that you have the right b1 username and/or password.
  • Verify that the connection type is set to PPPoE.
  • Verify that you have correctly tagged the Internet VID with 35.
  • Reboot the router.

With this configuration, I get very close to 1GPBS speeds:

Posted in ASUS, Asuswrt-Merlin, Tech

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