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How to set up your own modem with Belong (BYO modem/router)

Here’s how to go about using your own modem with Belong

There are a lot of options out there. Maybe it’s a modem you got from another internet provider, maybe it’s one you bought to do something pretty specific. We can't troubleshoot every modem available but there are some general settings that might get yours working with Belong.

Quick tip

If your modem isn’t working with your new Belong connection, try restarting it. It solves way more problems than you’d expect.

Connection types

Sorry for the incoming acronyms but this is helpful to know.

Our nbn connections use an IP over ethernet (IPoE) configuration. Some third-party modems are set up to use a different config by default: it’s called point-to-point protocol over ethernet (PPPoE).

Your modem might be using PPPoE. If it is, check your modem's manual guide on how to change that setting. If, like most people, you’ve recycled the manual, check the manufacturer's website. Your modem may have a website listed on the back or bottom as well, along with a product name to help you limit your search.

Don’t forget to try restarting your modem first, though. (You’re going to read that a lot here.)

Modems from other providers

If you’re using a modem from another provider, it might already be compatible with your Belong service. Let’s check. (This isn’t an exhaustive list – think of it as a rough guide.)

Highly likely compatible modems

Here's a list of providers we know use the same connection configuration as Belong (IPoE). It’s still not a guarantee that a modem will or won’t work on our network – but it’s likely it will.

(Don’t forget to try restarting your modem once you’ve received an activation email or SMS from us).

  • Telstra

  • Aussie Broadband

  • Optus

  • Vodafone

  • Activ8me

  • Superloop

  • Future Broadband

  • Kogan

  • Launtel

  • MyRepublic

Different network configurations

These providers use a different network configuration (PPPoE) to Belong so any modem they gave you might need some settings changed.

  • TPG

  • Dodo

  • DCSI

  • Exetel

  • Flip TV

  • Internode

  • iiNet

  • iPrimus

  • MATE Communicate

  • More Telecom

  • SkyMesh

  • Spin Tel

  • Tangerine Telecom

Check your connection type

There are different types of nbn connections and they have slightly different requirements when you’re setting up a modem. Check what nbn tech you’re using if you don’t already know.

For nbn FTTC, FTTP, HFC

These technologies use a nbn™ connection device that plug into to your modem or router. Here's how your cables should look for each.

Your modem/router plugs directly into the nbn™ device with an ethernet cable.

FTTC – Fibre to the Curb setup diagram

A diagram for FTTC – Fibre to the curb nbn showing how to set up a generic, BYO modem. A telephone port is connected to a nbn connection device using a DSL cable. The nbn device is connected to the modem with an ethernet cable. Both the nbn device and your modem are plugged into power points. The internet can then be accessed through the modem via ethernet cable or wi-fi and the people rejoiced.

FTTP – Fibre To The Premises setup diagram

A diagram for FTTP – Fibre to the premises nbn showing how to set up a generic, BYO modem. A telephone port is connected to a nbn termination device using an ethernet cable plugged into the device’s UNI-D port.  The nbn device is connected to the modem with an ethernet cable. Both the nbn device and your modem are plugged into power points. The internet can then be accessed through the modem via ethernet cable or wi-fi and everyone is really impressed.

HFC – Hybrid Fibre Coaxial setup diagram

A diagram for HFC – Hybrid Fibre Coaxial nbn showing how to set up a generic, BYO modem. A HFC/cable wall plate is connected to a nbn connection device using a HFC coaxial cable. The nbn device is connected to the modem with an ethernet cable. Both the nbn device and your modem are plugged into power points. The internet can then be accessed through the modem via ethernet cable or wi-fi and that's pretty cool.

The settings to get your modem running on the Belong network:

  • Your modem will need a WAN Port to connect to the nbn connection box (via an ethernet cable)

  • Enable WAN: Yes

  • Protocol: IPoE (DHCP) or Automatic IP

  • VLAN: None/blank

  • Login: No login required

  • Connect to DNS Server Automatically: Yes (Some of you more advanced users will want to set up your own DNS settings. We can’t help with that, unfortunately.)

For nbn FTTN, FTTB

A diagram for FTTN/B fibre to the node / basement nbn showing how to set up a generic, BYO modem. Compatible modems are connected directly to an existing telephone port / socket using a “DSL” lead, then connected to devices via ethernet cable or wi-fi.

The settings to get your modem running on the Belong network:

  • Your modem will need a DSL Port to connect to your telephone socket (using a standard RJ11 phone cable)

  • Protocol: IPoE (DHCP) or Automatic IP

  • VLAN: None/blank

  • Login: No login required

  • Connect to DNS Server Automatically: Yes (Some of you more advanced users will want to set up your own DNS settings. We can’t help with that, unfortunately.)

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