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PFSense & Modem Mode - Virgin Media Correct Setup

Hi All;

I was recently using PFSense with my hub in modem mode but was moved to the M500 speed package and PFSense was not detecting the difference. I reset my hub and am now getting M500 in router mode, i wish to re-setup PFSense at somepoint, Does anyone know what options are required for any router to work with Virgin's Network? I want to make sure all my configuration settings are correct as with the speed difference i also had latency issues aswell.

My friend said that he has the same issues with his virgin media hub and he thinks its because they want you to use their own equipment? Can you confirm if this is the case or just speculation and has anyone successfully got those speeds on a 3rd party router?

Many Thanks!

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Re: PFSense & Modem Mode - Virgin Media Correct Setup

I think this is what you want ...

Put the Hub 3 into modem mode …

To enable modem mode on your Hub 3.0

  1. Make sure you are connected (wired or wirelessly) to your Hub 3.0
  2. Open your Internet browser
  3. Log in to your Super Hub's settings page by entering 192.168.0.1 into the address bar of your Internet browser
  4. Enter your Hub 3.0 settings password. The default password is on the bottom of the Hub3.  If you have changed the default password, enter that password instead
  5. Once you've logged in, click Modem Mode on the left
  6. Click the option next to Enable Modem Mode and then click Apply changes

and wait for the base light to turn magenta.

Note: Once in Modem Mode, the IP address you use to access your Hub changes from 192.168.0.1 to 192.168.100.1.

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Disconnect all ethernet cables from the Hub 3 then power off the Hub3.

Then, set up your own router with the WAN port set to be in DHCP mode. Make sure it’s fully initialized (leave 5 min) and then put in the Cat 5E/6 cable to the Hub 3.

Now power up the VM hub and you should get a connection. This order only needs to be done the first time you connect your own router to the VM hub.


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Connect only a PC to the hub and change to modem mode to do a speed test.

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Re: PFSense & Modem Mode - Virgin Media Correct Setup

It will also depend on the hardware PFsense is running on.  Unless you know it is capable of the throughput it would be worth checking it against Netgate's hardware list.

For Wan throughput of 500mbps they state: "No less than a modern Intel or AMD CPU clocked at 2.0 GHz. Server class hardware with PCI-e network adapters, or newer desktop hardware with PCI-e network adapters."

I did have a brief spell running PFsense on an i3 before giving it up as useless for the job 🙂 (Edit: The i3 that is)

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Hi All;

Thanks for your time and apologies i have not been able to reply as of yet.

In response to another question, i have managed to put the device into modem mode many times before exactly as written above, I have had to setup a few routers in my past as part of my job.

A few people were asking about my setup, URL Below is my setup (PDF) Visio Diagram, little overkill but working in IT requires me to spend time learning out of work. I can only get 300mbps through that setup via PFSense, have not tried since to be honest. I was more wondering if there are any specific settings i need to set on the WAN interface for Best Practice with Virgin Media?

Many Thanks

LC

https://ghostviper-my.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/personal/louis_conner_ghostviper_co_uk/EcT6osF43qdEi3chIh... 

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Re: PFSense & Modem Mode - Virgin Media Correct Setup

Edit: 

People on here get 500mbps download throughput in modem mode with a  third party router with no special configuration.

 

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Re: PFSense & Modem Mode - Virgin Media Correct Setup

Just to add, with PFSense, you're going to need fairly beefy hardware to get 500mbps+ WAN->LAN throughput, especially if you have any more advanced features enabled

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