Need some review of new BSNL Bharat Fiber FTTH Broadband Plans 777 / 1277

varkey

Newbie
Regulars
Jun 11, 2006
343
94
Edit : It might actually just be due to Mac binding, I just saw another post by @mayank yadav here which says the same -- Unable to Connect to Internet through router. | Bharat Fiber Broadband (BSNL FTTH)
Unfortunately I don't have time today to try that, will test that the next time I come to my hometown! :)
Cloning the MAC unfortunately didn't work, I don't know if its the ONT or my OpenWRT router, but when the MAC address of my router's WAN interface matched with any of the MAC addresses of the ONT's interfaces (there are multiple), not necessarily the main interface, but even any of the WAN interfaces, it just didn't work, I couldn't even ping the ONT.

I tried to change the ONT's WAN interface MAC addresses, but unfortunately didn't work. :( I might just need to get the MAC address binding reset from BSNL's side.
 
Last edited:
  • Sad
Reactions: pothi

varkey

Newbie
Regulars
Jun 11, 2006
343
94
Anybody tried the annual plan cash back offer? For annual plans, we anyway need to pay only for 10 months, plus we get 25% cash back.

The cash back would be exclusive of GST, so if you opt for the 500 GB annual plan, I think it will come to
Rs 777 * 10 ie Rs 7770 + GST = Rs 9168 plus a cash back of Rs 1942 which would cover for 2 months including GST.

So it comes down to pay for 10 months, get service for 14 months ie Rs 655 per month incl GST as compared to Rs 916 pm for monthly payments.


 

naman1208

New Member
Mar 8, 2019
3
0
My input power level was initially -15 dBm which was decent but then my LCO did some "splicing maintenance work" for extra customer capacity and now my power level is -25 to -26 dBm ! Though I am not facing any issues so far, yeah, fingers crossed :D
what is the recommended power level?
 

vishalrao

The Global Village Idiot
Regulars
Jan 21, 2005
4,626
246
Pune
@naman1208 recommended input power level is still -26 dBm or thereabouts. but dont worry about it if your connection is working stable then it's fine. your level of -17 is well above the minimum.
 

abbyck

Member
Oct 20, 2018
23
10
@varkey I too have the same ONT. I've tried many methods to make it in bridge mode. Unfortunately everything failed. I've even contacted their OEM which is a Chinese company whose name I don't remember.

Finally what I did was I found the support number of Netlink from somewhere. I tried calling to that number and they redirected to some other person. That guy explained me the whole process which also involves changing some configuration from the OLT end also. Then only this bridging will work. (Netlink is an Ernakulam based company afaik)
 


varkey

Newbie
Regulars
Jun 11, 2006
343
94
@abbyck Thanks for sharing your experience, however its most likely the MAC binding which is done on BSNL's side, where the PPPoE authentication would succeed only If coming from the MAC address registered in the OLT.

I haven't been home to co-ordinate with BSNL in reseting that MAC binding yet, so probably the next time I go home will get that done.

Also, I think it would pretty much be the same for any ONT cause of the MAC binding -- Unable to Connect to Internet through router. | Bharat Fiber Broadband (BSNL FTTH)

The ISP in Bangalore that I use called Spectra also does MAC binding similarly (although they don't even use PPPoE, just DHCP directly) but luckily they offer a self service portal kind of thing where you can authorise the new MAC address. Unfortunately for BSNL this is still a manual process hence the trouble.

@abbyck Were you able to get the ONT working in bridge mode?
 

abbyck

Member
Oct 20, 2018
23
10
@varkey Yes, it's some kind of Mac binding(I think there is a different name for this- guide to what to do in OLT is available in YouTube). But the problem lies within last mile, ie with the LCO. LCO's OLT is managing ONTs ,vlan tagging and all. BSNL employee said if they're managing that they would have done it at request, instantly. Since LCOs are not much into these kind of things BSNL employees would need to visit LCO's operation centre and help them setup. They said if I insist to do so they will connect with LCO.

Eventually I forgot the plan of bridging. Probably I will ping them back next month or the next. I'm too away from home.
 
  • Like
Reactions: varkey