People in Belgium who are Belgacom clients which provides them with an Internet connection, usually get a modem/router as part of the package to connect to the internet.
New clients will get a Router, more commonly refered to as “BBox2”, which is needed to be able to connect to Belgacom’s VDSL2 network.
Although most average consumers won’t have any need to modify it (other than changing the default access password, Wireless ID and encryption key), some people like myself would like to have the device just handle the modem part of the connection (simply handling the transmission) while using their own network equipment to handle all the routing operations.
The modification I’ll show is called “Bridging”, meaning, we are going to configure the Lan ports of the BBox2 to simply transmit anything that passes without making certain routing assumptions.
Other services like Belgacom TV and I-Talk will continue to work.
Please be aware that I don’t have information about the following:
- How to reach the configuration page of the BBox2 after the modifications (I think you’ll have to reset the device to it’s factory default settings to be able to access it again)
- Does the second Lan port work? (I believe that port works as a HUB, though I didn’t bothered checking it out)
That said, you’ll need to do the following:
- Disable the Router’s capability to perform Wan PPPoE
- Set the Lan ports as bridges
- (Not tested) Disable the wireless on the Router (I disabled it because I want my own equipment to handle the wireless)
With no further ado, here’s how it’s done:
- Connect to your BBox2, the ip address is probably the default 192.168.1.1
- Go to Advanced Settings and then select Network Interfaces
- Select Wan PPPoE, then Disable, and then OK
- Then, Settings > Underlying Connection, select Lan Bridge
Now you can use your own Router to perform the authentication to access the internet and handle all the connections.