Dutch ISP Ziggo recently sent it’s customers a new modem to use with their increased-speed (docsis 3) lines. It turns out this is a modem + (wireless) router combination. This is great news for the bulk of customers since they can do away with their shitty Sitecom wifi crapola. Some people however have invested in their home network-infra and do not want this unasked-for feature. But surprise: there is no straightforward way to disable the routing and put the device in bridged mode. The good people at http://ziggo-gebruikers.nl/ told me the Ziggo helpdesk can login to your modem and remotely flip the hidden switch for you.
So I called them and was met with the usual incompetent and pedantic stupidity these services pour out over the unsuspecting customer. Defeat. At this point I was getting ready to cancel my account at Ziggo and try my luck with XS4ALL (The occasional downtime I can take but I can’t stand stupid -at least not from people who are supposed to be the experts).
This afternoon someone at http://ziggo-gebruikers.nl/ suggested a do-it-yourself way of getting the device to give your router a WAN IP:
- Lookup your ‘old’ router’s MAC address. It’s usually stuck on the device itself somewhere.
- Open the advanced settings page on the admin-backend (default: 192.168.178.1)
- Go to ‘Gateway’ > ‘Options’. There you will see ‘Passthrough MAC Addresses’
- Add your router’s MAC address to the list.
- Connect your router’s WAN port to the LAN1 port on the Ubee.
Your router will now get a WAN IP and you can use the internet as before.
Note: the Ubee itself squats your old IP and still does routing on it’s own little LAN. So it’s not really ‘bridged mode’ but more bridged-as-a-sidedish. Your old router gets an IP in a different range but it seems to be a valid dynamic.ziggo.nl address.
Credits to Magnetra at ziggo-gebruikers!