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Sophos XG on NBN FTTN

Has anyone installed a Sophos XG onto a Fibre to the Node (FTTN) service on Australia's NBN? 

What was your experience like?



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  • I am using FTTC 100/40. FTTN should not be any different to your old ADSL service except if you are lucky a lot faster.

    Also depends on who your RSP is?

    Ian

     
    V18.0.x - e3-1225v5 6gb ram on 4 port MB with AP55c -20w. 
    2 AP55s and 2 APX120s having a holiday until software update is released.
    If a post solves your question use the 'This helped me' link.
  • I agree. However I want to find out of anyone has had trouble with using the VDSL feature on the Sophos XG appliance rather than the performance of NBN in general. 

  • Your modem should be handling the VDSL and handing you a 100/1000mbs interface?

    Ian

     
    V18.0.x - e3-1225v5 6gb ram on 4 port MB with AP55c -20w. 
    2 AP55s and 2 APX120s having a holiday until software update is released.
    If a post solves your question use the 'This helped me' link.
  • I don't think you need a modem if you have the correct VDSL card for the XG appliance. 

     

    Hoping someone with experience with this module can provide some feedback.

  • Using XG Firewalls with either Technicolor TG-789v3 modems (iiNet/Internode-supplied) in bridge mode or Draytek Vigor 130 modems (any ISP) without any problems. Added bonus of being able to create an alias interface on the WAN port to remotely log in to the modem via IP/Web interface and track VDSL stats.

    The only docs I can find on a DSL module for the Sophos XG is the SFP DSL module as described here - https://www.sophos.com/en-us/medialibrary/PDFs/documentation/sophos-sfp-dsl-module-mounting-instructions-rev3.pdf

    It doesn't look like it supports VDSL Vectoring - G.993.5 - which is a requirement for FTTN connectivity (full NBN VDSL requirements are found on pp.47-51 here - https://www.nbnco.com.au/content/dam/nbnco2/documents/sfaa-wba2-product-catalogue-nebs-product-tech-spec-fttb-fttn_20150904-to-20151102.pdf).

    You'd need to contact Sophos to find out if the DSL module meets all the requirements as set out by the NBN in the above document.

  • Hi,

    I am looking to embark on a similar journey, which is connect to my FTTN connection NCD device using XG on whitebox Intel device.

    Do I need the modem, such as a Draytek 130 in Bridging Mode or the currently utilised Telstra Smart Modem gen 2 ?

    Can't I just put my Sophos XG in PPPoE mode and hook it up the NCD box ? Cheers

  • NCD device? Sounds like you've got an FTTC connection (lucky sod :-)).

    If so, the NCD is a Netcomm Wireless NDD-0300 unit, which acts as a VDSL modem that also provides power to the DPU out in the street.

    In which case you can plug the XG straight into it and use PPPoE (if that's how your RSP is providing your service), but you'll lose the auto-failover to 4G capability of the Telstra Smart Modem for both voice and data.

  • My XG connects directly to the NCD, the fail over feature was not of much value because it only gave internet not phone. Also XG setup for DHCP.

    If I loose NBN I setup hotspot on iphone.

    Ian

    fixed spelling mistakes.

     
    V18.0.x - e3-1225v5 6gb ram on 4 port MB with AP55c -20w. 
    2 AP55s and 2 APX120s having a holiday until software update is released.
    If a post solves your question use the 'This helped me' link.
  • NBN isn't explicitly noted, but there's a recent KB which states the module supports G.993.5:

    https://community.sophos.com/kb/en-us/133995

     

    If we get to the point of deployment, I'll update this and notify you of what we find.

  • Hi,

    FTTN uses an NCD which will provide you with an ethernet interface. You must use this device, that is your demarcation point.

    FTTC also uses an NCD but it provides remote powerfeed to the DPU and it also provides an ethernet interface.

    Ian

     
    V18.0.x - e3-1225v5 6gb ram on 4 port MB with AP55c -20w. 
    2 AP55s and 2 APX120s having a holiday until software update is released.
    If a post solves your question use the 'This helped me' link.