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    Question Good Fibre Provider (UK)

    Hey guys.

    I need a little advice if possible regarding fibre providers in the UK.

    I've been a long time user of Untangles NG Firewall appliance and run it as a VM at home. As of recent, my current internet provider, (Virgin Media) has been encountering lots of network problems. As a result, my ability to work from home has been fun to say the least! Due to this, I am looking to purchase a secondary fibre connection. (I would totally switch but nothing is nearly as fast when things are all working well, which they have been for the most part).

    Now, with Virgin Media, I am able to use modem only mode which is great as the external IP is presented to Untangle without the need to double NAT. My question to you is are there any other providers you may be using that provide fibre, (FTTC) that come with a hub / router that is able to present in the same modem only mode way? If not, what have you guys done in order to avoid double NAT?

    Thank you.

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    I'm using Draytek Vigor 130

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeyscott View Post
    I'm using Draytek Vigor 130
    Me too, with BT's FTTC, works well.

    @mikeyscott - have you ever had yours pick up an IPv6 address on the WAN?

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    Thanks for the reply guys. So have you ditched the BT hub in favour of the Draytek Vigor 130? Does the external IP present to Untangle or is it using double NAT?

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    Yeah, I got rid of the BT hub long ago, I had a Huwaei HG612 VDSL modem that was apparently what BT would give business customers who signed up to fibre. You can pick them up cheap on ebay and they work well. I ended up with the Vigor as it was what people were recommending as a stand-alone modem on the BT forums. Works fine with whatever router you place behind it and just presents the WAN IP - no double NAT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Armshouse View Post
    Me too, with BT's FTTC, works well.

    @mikeyscott - have you ever had yours pick up an IPv6 address on the WAN?
    Hi

    I'm with Vodafone, last time I checked they're not on the IPV6 bandwagon. Ditched my Vodafone modem/router in 2019 as it wouldn't support bridge mode etc.

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    Plus net were always brilliant for me.

    I always recommend them to friends & family

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    Quote Originally Posted by Armshouse View Post
    Me too, with BT's FTTC, works well.

    @mikeyscott - have you ever had yours pick up an IPv6 address on the WAN?
    No, as my ISP don't do IPV6 yet. Learned Gigafast / City Fibre is circa a year away if not more for my area in the south

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    BT is the UK's most popular provider of fiber broadband services, though Sky and TalkTalk are also very popular nationwide. Virgin Media, the other big provider in the UK, runs its own fiber-based cable network, with faster speeds but more limited availability, at around 52% of premises

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    Fastest fibre provider: Virgin Media

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