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Old 11-02-2006, 11:03 AM   #1
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BT Home Hub Router

Does anyone have any experience of trying to use this with Ubuntu?
So far I am getting zero success, works fairly well on windows but cannot access from ubuntu.
Just hope I might get some wisdom before I throw it away.
Old 11-03-2006, 02:58 PM   #2
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Interesting, no one wants to talk to me !
So I will post a summary of my experience.
The BT Home Hub as the name suggests is supplied by British Telecom, the UK telephone monopoly. It is supplied free of charge under certain conditions and is intended to form the basis for an "all singing, all dancing" home media system. Read more at the usual web sites.
I was attempting to use it with a small wireless network which uses Netgear hardware.
The BT unit would not work and the BT support services claimed that the problem must be my Netgear equipment although that worked perfectly when used without the Home Hub.
I have now scrapped the HomeHub since on the basis of my personal experience and in my personal opinion the unit is unusable, and I would caution anyone proposing to acquire one that it can involve much wasted time and effort.
Of course this is only my opinion.
Old 11-11-2006, 09:57 AM   #3
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I was browsing for this very subject and came across your post... I have the same trouble. My old Voyager 2091 stopped working (wireless packed in) so BT sent me this home hub box as a replacement.

I can use it fine on our WinXP desktop PC (via ethernet), but it doesn't work with my linux laptop (the one I use all the time...) and it doesn't work with my sharp zaurus either.

I can connect to the network using my wireless card, but I can only ping IP addresses or access web sites using IP. I guessed this was a DNS configuration issue and I have tried endless combinations, but nothing seems to work.

I've had to go back to using my laptop with the old router and the extra ethernet cable I got with the home hub (at least that part of it is useful!)

I'm using Kubuntu Dapper Drake on my laptop. My zaurus has cacko ROM installed. Both machines worked fine with the old router, but this home hub fails miserably.
Old 11-11-2006, 10:30 AM   #4
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When I first installed the boxed modem, it wouldn't work with anything except my work (XP) laptop. So I went out and bought the Netgear wireless home router/adsl modem and I have had no problems with XP or Linux clients.
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Thanks for that. I guess that's the best solution...

(And thanks to BT for the spare filters and ethernet cable that came with the white box thing!!! )
Old 11-14-2006, 03:59 PM   #6
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I got it working!!!

I tried it first on my sharp zaurus by setting everything up manually, then changing permissions on /etc/resolv.conf to read only. Nasty I know. Flame me at will!!

I decided to try the same settings on my laptop, but I didn't have to. Once I reactivated ra0 I logged in without any problems. The only change I made was removing "home" from the search list in the network administration dialog.

Other than that I used exactly the same settings I tried at the weekend (I even removed "home" at the weekend, but with no luck)

How weird is that? Never mind, at least my wireless connection is up and running again! It's faster than the old one too


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