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Old Nov 27th, 2012, 10:22 AM   #1
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Bell Fibre optics and Airport extreme hook-up

On December 7th, 2012 I am switching to Fibre Optic Bell Aliant (in New Brunswick) in part to get a better service (I hope!) and to improve my wireless signal. Currently with Rogers I do not use my airport extreme and I would like to use it with the Bell system if it would increase my range or signal.

I have heard that configuring the airport extreme to Bell hardware is difficult,, passwords/disablings etc., its sounds a bit daunting. The Bell technician most likey won't be able to help me.

I have these questions and I appreciate any guidance you can give me.
1. Is it probable that the Bell hardware they provide is adequate (that the airport will in fact not make a difference)?

2. If it is likely that I will be in a position to use the airport (to improve the wireless signal), can I do so with a clear set of instructions.

3. Where might I get these instructions...I can read, I can study stuff and I can set some stuff up but I I do get confused with a lot of the terminology and associated set-ups.

I would appreciate any comments you have.

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Old Nov 27th, 2012, 10:31 AM   #2
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On December 7th, 2012 I am switching to Fibre Optic Bell Aliant (in New Brunswick) in part to get a better service (I hope!) and to improve my wireless signal. Currently with Rogers I do not use my airport extreme and I would like to use it with the Bell system if it would increase my range or signal.

I have heard that configuring the airport extreme to Bell hardware is difficult,, passwords/disablings etc., its sounds a bit daunting. The Bell technician most likey won't be able to help me.

I have these questions and I appreciate any guidance you can give me.
1. Is it probable that the Bell hardware they provide is adequate (that the airport will in fact not make a difference)?

2. If it is likely that I will be in a position to use the airport (to improve the wireless signal), can I do so with a clear set of instructions.

3. Where might I get these instructions...I can read, I can study stuff and I can set some stuff up but I I do get confused with a lot of the terminology and associated set-ups.

I would appreciate any comments you have.

Thanks
In Ontario Bell provides a router with wifi capabilities. Is that the same in NB? Most people disable the wifi on it and ethernet connect to the router allowing Airport to do wifi.
What model is Aliant giving you for the service?
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Old Nov 27th, 2012, 10:51 AM   #3
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In Ontario Bell provides a router with wifi capabilities. Is that the same in NB? Most people disable the wifi on it and ethernet connect to the router allowing Airport to do wifi.
What model is Aliant giving you for the service?
I am sure the Bell router will have wifi capabilities. So, do you think I can "simply" hook up the Airport extreme to the bell device and then go from there? I anticipate problems. I don't know the router model that Bell will use.
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Old Nov 27th, 2012, 11:07 AM   #4
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I am sure the Bell router will have wifi capabilities. So, do you think I can "simply" hook up the Airport extreme to the bell device and then go from there? I anticipate problems. I don't know the router model that Bell will use.
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You can definitely hook up the AirPort, but you'll have to turn on bridge mode on the Bell box. Once you get the box, Google the model number to find instructions.
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Old Nov 27th, 2012, 11:16 AM   #5
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I've got a few friends here in NS on Bell's FiberOP, and to make life easier, they all disabled the wifi on the Bell router, and connected the Airport Extreme to it using an ethernet cable.
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Old Nov 27th, 2012, 11:49 AM   #6
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You can definitely hook up the AirPort, but you'll have to turn on bridge mode on the Bell box. Once you get the box, Google the model number to find instructions.
My last two bell units bridged by default. Just needed to set up PPPOE on the Airport and it was off to the races.
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Old Nov 27th, 2012, 01:11 PM   #7
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I am reassured by your comments...
I will determine the model number/type of the Bell device and 'google' the bridge mode set up. Should I get the technician to disable the wifi (would it be locked in/). On the other hand I could hope for a more 'automatic' effect, as mentioned, with setting PPOE being the thing I had to take care of...
If any one else has a 'take' on this please comment...
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Old Nov 27th, 2012, 01:41 PM   #8
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I am reassured by your comments...
I will determine the model number/type of the Bell device and 'google' the bridge mode set up. Should I get the technician to disable the wifi (would it be locked in/). On the other hand I could hope for a more 'automatic' effect, as mentioned, with setting PPOE being the thing I had to take care of...
If any one else has a 'take' on this please comment...
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It's definitely worth asking the technician to put the modem in bridge mode. Some techs do the bare minimum, but some will also go the extra mile.
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Old Dec 4th, 2012, 05:54 PM   #9
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You can definitely hook up the AirPort, but you'll have to turn on bridge mode on the Bell box. Once you get the box, Google the model number to find instructions.
Last week I had a new Bell Aliant FiberOp WiFi router installed.

The model is an ActionTec R1000H. It looks the same as the one the Tech replaced.

Zekite I called Bell Aliant for the original router WiFi as it interfered with my Time Capsule's (version 1) signal.

The help desk at Bell Aliant did not question my choice of WiFi device and quickly helped me to shut down the ActionTec WiFi signal and put it into bridge mode and help me set up the Time Capsule signal.

The Tech that replace the router (I was not home and my wife advised him to) set it up in bridge mode. He did not shut down the signal on the ActionTec and set it to bridge mode, also left the Time Capsule signal broadcasting as well. Currently I am not having any problems with signal interference from either device. Both work flawlessly.

I went from Bell Aliant copper wire to FibreOp and the speed was amazing. I have a neighbour who works for Rogers(and uses Rodgers) and he say he find our FibreOp quick.

Trusting all goes well for you.
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