08-14-2017 12:35 PM
Mainly documenting this for others who are in my predicament.
I have CenturyLink gigabit fiber - which is great, but also a little painful.
CenturyLink provides a modem with their service - in my case a ZyXel C1100Z modem/router. Not bad, but limited wireless capability in a 4,000 sq. ft. house.
Their setup has an ONT that converts the fiber optic cable to ethernet cable. Then, you need a device that can support PPPoE and also VLAN tagging. PPPoE is diffcult enough to find, but VLAN tagging is usually only on corporate networking gear.
I had a Google Wifi mesh - worked OK, support PPPoE - but no VLAN tagging. Even after using a switch to tag 201 on the packets, the G Wifi would disconnect, so I had to keep the C1100Z in place and always had a double NAT situation. Had been waiting on a fix for 8 months.
So, I finally gave up and found the Velop - has PPPoE, VLAN Tagging, and as an extra bonus in the browser based setup, can support the ipv6 6rd configuration that CenturyLink has in place and seems to be providing good coverage.
Now, I have a single router with a static IP, ipv6 working correctly, a mesh across the whole house and several switches providing wired networking throughout the house as well.
4 Amazon Fire TVs
3 Xbox Ones
4 hardwired PCs for gaming
4 Sonos players
3 Nest Protects
1 Nest Thermostat
an alarm system
Oooma phone service with two lines
Philips HUE with 10 bulbs
a couple of wired and wireless printers
lots of tablets and phones
With 7 kids coming and going, we have at least 30 devices on at any given time. The double NAT caused all kinds of problems since I also use Skype for Business, Xbox games, etc.
So far so good - 3 days in, everything seems to be stable and fast. We will see if it can stay on without resetting for long.
This system seems to be the closest thing yet to success.
It probably helps that your dev team lives in Seattle - since that is CenturyLink FTTH, too...
I have only WPA2 on and WPS turned off - and I haven't seen any of the disconnects everyone else is talking about.
11-03-2017 07:42 AM
Do you have an update on this? I'm assuming it is working well for you at this point.
Did the CenturyLink tech setup your Velop? Or is there a guide on how to do this?
I currently have the Velop and am considering CenturyLink. I'd like to avoid purchasing the "modem".
11-04-2017 02:53 PM
@mikejfagan, I was able to set up CenturyLink gigabit on my Velops as well. It's really simple.
12-07-2017 01:46 PM
12-08-2017 06:21 AM
Any of the LGS switchs will work nicely. For increased control over your network I recommend the LGS5XX or LGS3XX managed switches.
12-28-2017 09:32 PM
I just got my fiber setup. I followed your steps to get everything setup. The only difference is that they told me to include the @qwest.net (important to note qWest, not Quest) on my username. Everything works! Now I can get rid of the "modem" that was making my network be weird.