You leave the VDSL modem, and just use another one - so maybe an Asus rt-n56u or 66u.
If you are used to telnet then its easy to do even advanced stuff (like enabling the IP_RESPONDER service to get f8lure working) they are very well documented all over the web.
One thing to watch out for, you only get 4 ports (one is used for the openreach modem)
So do you have to use the Openreach box regardless of which ISP you go with? Would the DrayTek work with it fine?
3. If I do decide to plump for something do I need a modem/router or just a router? I am thinking about something like the DrayTek 2850n or 2850Vn.
I forward a lot of ports and do a lot of remote access as I work away and would like to take advantage of all kinds of services like streaming, WoL (my current Netgear DG834n will not forward the packets for some reason), remote access to my NAS and IP cameras amongst other things.
That option's in the GUI I think under Toolbox > Firewall > Allow PING on your WAN interface
Did you mean to say *three* ports?
Until a self-install product comes along then yes, you'll be given an Openreach modem regardless. You can use a combined VDSL modem/router (I do) but they don't tend to be cheap and you might struggle setting it up unless you know what you're doing. If you do opt for this, I'd also keep the original kit handy so that you can re-instate it should the line ever develop a fault.
As above, it's possible to use a combined VDSL modem/router. Assuming you'll be keeping the Openreach modem in place, any PPPoE-compatible router with an available WAN port should work fine.
With the stock 582n I had no problems:
- Accessing my machine remotely using RDP
- Running an FTP server
- Running a media streaming server (Subsonic)
- Responding to ping requests to allow for remote latency monitoring
- Running numerous other servers including SABnzbd, CouchPotato and SickBeard
Admittedly the 582n isn't the greatest bit of kit in the world but it's fit for purpose.
Got my install date of the 28th....can't come quick enough.
What sot of speeds does Plusnet'straffic shaping allow Torrents to go through at? I'm considering getting an Usenet account with VPN if it's excessive.