I have just upgraded (finally) from TPG ADSL2 internet to NBN using HFC infrastructure. My ISP is Internode.
Installation went pretty smooth. Technician visited today, drilled a few holes to install a new HFC outlet in our house, and pulled the (slightly odd) HFC coax cable trough the wall. He also handed me an NBN ‘modem’.
I use OPNsense (a FreeBSD based firewall) as my router and intended on using it for my NBN connection as well. Key things to note:
- Internode use PPPoE for their NBN HFC connections
- You need to configure it your PPPOE vlanid 2. This is critical, otherwise the connection will not work
I took the following steps in OPNsense to set it up. Note my interface is bge1 — you need to use the correct network interface which is connected to the LAN port of the NBN HFC modem.
- Interfaces – Other Types – VLAN = [ interface: bge1, tag: 2, PCP: 0 ]. Creates new interface bge1_vlanX.
- Interfaces – Point-to-Point – Devices = [ Iface: re0, Iface(s): bge1_vlanX ]. Fill in login/password here. Creates new interface pppoe0
- Interfaces – Assignments – WAN = pppoe0
- Interfaces – WAN – IPv4 Configuration Type = PPPoE
- Reboot. Check in Interfaces – WAN, that login/password been populated from pppoe0.
- Check Dashboard WAN and Gateway/WAN_PPPOE for populated IP addresses.
- Check Interfaces – Point-to-Point – Log file if you experience any errors.
Update: Thanks to ICBM on Whirlpool for inspiration and initial instructions.