I can't get Fiber....but I can get VDSL!

So I took the plunge and made the jump to VDSL. For those of you that don't know, simply understand this. It's more than twice the speed of your fastest ADSL connection and gives 5 times more upload speed that ADSL. For me it's a great alternative to Fibre as it's not available in my area yet.  

After the telecom tech had left, I set about finishing the setup of the new router required for a VDSL connection. This is where things started going pear shaped.

I'm with 2talk.co.nz for all my VoIP telephony requirements and so going with them for my internet connection seemed the logical thing to do. I looked up the 2talk website via my phone and found a link on how to setup my Draytek 2750 VDSL router. I followed the instructions. After rebooting I eagerly awaited for my connection to become live. Nothing. No connection to the net. A little disappointed. 

Nevermind. I'm a tech. I can fix it. I try other things and follow a few alternative things that make sense to me. Still Nothing.  No connection to the net. A little more disappointed. 

I try a few more things and alternative configurations.  Again, still nothing. No connection to the net. Disappointed. 

Refusing to give up I try a completely different approach, Success. Connection to the net achieved. Mass hysteria ensues, I congratulate myself, until I test. It was like my love life, it's there, but not there. Considering carrier pigeons were genius and should give up my day job.

Demoralized I call the 2Talk tech support. I wait for about 20 minutes. Only to talk with a very nice and helpful girl who informs me that I have to log a ticket no matter how I try to charm her into letting me talk direct with a 2Talk support person. Disappointed. Losing patience. FML.

Revitalized with the prospect o a new challenge, I toil on. Until my little brother comes home from working with his IT clients and does a search via my phone and he finds the Telecom NZ method of configuring the Router. SUCCESS!!

To all those that are struggling with setting up your Draytek VDSL modem please follow the below instructions with one minor exception if you are with 2talk or a company that supplies you a fixed IP. 


The only exception is if you have a fixed IP supplied to you, make sure you check 'Yes' to Fixed IP(IPCP) and enter in your IP address that should have been emailed to you before the change over.

Now that things are going, I'm enjoying the new browsing speeds and I can't wait for fiber to be put in!

Posted on July 15, 2013 .