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Old 26-06-2020, 01:45 PM   #1
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Can I use router that is given by other internet service provider?

If I am using M1, can I user router that is given by other internet providers like Singtel/Starhub...? Not sure if each company customize anything to the router or not, worry if it will compatible with other company or not. Thanks.

(Note: not asking about those routers bought in retail stores (I understand that those router from retail stores can use on any internet provider), I am asking about those routers bought/given by singtel/starhub/m1 and other internet service providers)

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Old 26-06-2020, 01:55 PM   #2
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No problem for those linksys and Asus ones. I have been using them as access points and switches.

2 Asus from M1, 1 linksys from SH
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Old 26-06-2020, 01:58 PM   #3
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Starhub and M1 router are usually okie to use between either ISP.

Singtel are the only telco using a lot customization. Some singtel model does work with Starhub and M1.

Singtel is on VLAN therefore not all Starhub and M1 issue router support VLAN. So they might not be suitable to use main router. But we still can configure starhub/m1 router in AP mode.
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Old 26-06-2020, 02:00 PM   #4
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Most routers should be vendor agnostic, most impt is to check the brand of the router for the specifics.
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Old 26-06-2020, 05:44 PM   #5
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only ST need VLAN config. But even then, most of the "operator free" routers can do VLAN config nowsadays, so all you got to do is google how to setup, thats all.
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Old 26-06-2020, 06:01 PM   #6
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SingTel AC Elite/1900 and AC Plus cannot be used with other ISPs as the main router. It should work as an AP behind the main router.

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Old 26-06-2020, 06:06 PM   #7
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If Singtel ONR all the more cannot reuse w other isps or even casually swap w another singtel user.
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Old 26-06-2020, 06:26 PM   #8
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If Singtel ONR all the more cannot reuse w other isps or even casually swap w another singtel user.
Singtel ONR belongs to SingTel and you have to return if you terminate the contract.

For the free AC Plus, that is yours and no need to return.
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Old 27-06-2020, 01:06 PM   #9
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ISP/RSP provided router is basically the same as what you get from retail shop. Customization of firmware is usually on RG device to suit their specific requirement like VLAN trunking for Internet/VoIP/TV traffic.

AFAIK, ONT/ONR is basically locked (based on SN number) to subscriber's address thus can't be reuse anywhere else.
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