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TM HSBB/UNIFI & TM's D-Link DIR-615

NOTE: If you're looking for a total replacement for the DIR-615, klseet might be able to help you out.. head out to his website found here.

I met 9W2DAD today at MARES monthly radio flea market and first thing he asked, how to get the router that comes with UNIFI to work with his setup. Frankly speaking, I've half-ly ditch the router the day I got my UNIFI and as of last week, I've ditch it totally from my setup. TM doesn't know much about the router that it supplies to UNIFI subscribers and D-Link doesn't want to know either because it contains a non-standard firmware in there. Up to now, I've only come across few routers that are capable of VLAN tagging and remote access but D-Link isn't in the list that is available publicly. Most probably TM has contracted a company to come up with VLAN capable firmware for the D-Link hardware.

Anyway, what can we do if we still want to use our own router with D-Link as supplied by TM? Easiest is, to make it as a network bridge between the UNIFI supplied BTU and your router. This has been detailed in rizvanrp/rizzy's website found here. The way to configure the D-Link as network/VLAN bridge can be found here. Just follow exactly as what written there and you'll be good.

But how about if you don't want the D-Link to be in the equation there, you've two choices:

1. Get yourself with a WIFI router which is supported by DD-WRT and follow rizvanrp's guide on how to directly connect your WIFI router with the BTU which can be found here. This will make your iptv useless because you won't be able to direct iptv traffic to the setup box. You can check if your router is DD-WRT ready by checking this website.

2. Get yourself a switch which supports VLAN tagging and VLAN port assignment, the cheapest way is to get a Microtik RB250GS. Thanks to klseet from Lowyat Forum who managed the first and last bulk buy for this unit from Singapore. The local Microtik dealer won't entertain us with the RB250GS but you can always buy it direct from the Singapore supplier, check the post in Lowyat forum on how to order yours directly here. Oh, sure, you need help in configuring the RB250GS? Well, rizvanrp to the rescue once more and the guide can be found here.

Now with the last option, you can find where you throw your D-Link box, put everything back there, and store it somewhere. Just in case you need to return in back to TM/UNIFI.

Anyway, as an update, up to now, I've one big problem once just before Eid when suddenly all my download were corrupted (big download of over 10MB size). I switched off everything and when I tried to switch them back on, my BTU just couldn't sync with the back end server. Since I wasn't around during the Eid, my UNIFI was down for the whole week but back again after the TM techie came and reset everything. I was told that somehow my BTU was configured wrongly, now, my suspect is that it was compromised either intentionally by the techie staff from the backend after I reported slower speed or probably some punks who wanted to have some fun after knowing that all BTU are left open with default user/password on UNIFI network. Well, I don't know and I don't want to accuse anyone.. I'm happy as long as my UNIFI works.

Here is my latest setup:


Sorry, a bit grainy, taken from my iPhone .. yes, I'm back to my trusty Linksys WRT-54GS (been running this router for 5 years already), it is now running latest DD-WRT firmware. The white box to right is the MicroTik RB250GS and underneath it is the Huawei's BTU. 

Update: Some of you might be looking for the default user/password for your TM's D-Link DIR-615, there are two user levels set by TM:

1. Username: admin / Password: either left blank (no password) or "telekom" (w/o quotes) or your UNIFI userid spelled backward.
2. Username: operator / Password: "telekom" (w/o quotes) or your UNIFI userid spelled backward. 

Please do check rizzy's website on securing your DIR-615 which can be found here.


Comments

Anonymous said…
Hi 9W2TPT,

I was following the guide you have posted to set up the router using a linksys WRT54GS V4 router running on DDWRT v24-sp2 std:

http://unifi.athena.my/ddwrt_guide.html

Having trouble with Setting up VLAN tagging and the PPPoE connection.

1) In the given example (D-link DIR-615 router) , 'vlan2' is the WAN interface port. Under Tagging, press Add. Select 'vlan2' as the interface and enter '500' as the tag number.


Since i'm using a different router how should I know the
(1)WAN interface port and
(2)tag number?

I have tried using Telnet:

# nvram show |grep vlan.ports
vlan0ports = 3 2 1 0 5*
vlan1ports = 4 5

what's the meaning?

thank you very much.

email: weikeat_ho@hotmail.com
9W2TPT said…
As per my reply in lowyat forum, wrt54gs/l is not 1-to-1 replacement for dlink dir-615. Problem with it is, the vlan id can't be set to more than two digits. I've totally replaced the dir-615 with a switch which allow VLAN tagging + the wrt54gs .. check the unifi thread in lowyat forum on how to get Routerboard RB250GS.

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