FiON technical questions

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I am thinking about switching from Shaw BB100 to MTS FiON 50.  I have a few technical questions:

1. How stable is the IP that your are given?  My IP address at Shaw would not change for literally years, and this proved convenient for things like remote firewall rules, ipv6 tunnels, and games.  I recall from many, many years ago that MTS DSL IPs were fairly volatile, but perhaps things have changed over time or perhaps it is just different with FiON.

2. PPPoE or DHCP?

3. "Bridge" mode?  I could ask Shaw to put my modem into bridge mode so that my own router could directly acquire the public IP address and I could do my own NAT.  Will I have the same ability with FiON service?

4. ipv6 support?  I currently use a tunnel broker, but it would be nice to not have to deal with that.

5. What is the make and model of the ONT?  That will help me answer additional questions.

I like that I can get 5mbps upstream on the FiON 50 plan; for Shaw I had to get the more expensive BB100 plan for 5 up.  That said, I would love to see better upstream.  I would gladly halve my downstream to double my upstream.

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Posted 3 years ago

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Hi Dan,

Sorry for the delayed response but it sounds like all your questions have been pretty well covered by some other community members.  CoryB hits the nail pretty well right on the head.  I can elaborate a little bit on some points.
1.  The dynamic IP assigned is not static but it is sticky.  For example I have had the same IP address for nearly a year without it changing, and this is common from what I have found.  Barring any network issues or outages that arise, or multiple resets of the equipment, this should be the same for yourself.
2. Our Fibre service uses a DHCP connection, only the older copper connections use PPPoE.
3. Bridge mode is a little tricky, same with the NAT.  Our equipment we put in place (Current an Alcatel-Lucent ONT and a PACE 5168N RG) is the device that gets the WAN IP and does the inital NAT.  You can connected a 3rd party router if needed and the WAN IP can be forwarded to this device using DMZ + mode, however you may still run into a double NAT issue.  I have seen this become an issue with some online gamers however the solution was usually to simply bypass the 3rd party equipment and go direct to our RG, this may also be a possible solution for yourself if this is an issue.
4. Currently our network is not configured to support IPv6.  It's something we are looking into but not available as of yet.

I hope this helps in your decision.