Contents > BT v5.29 firmware:
- BT v126.96.36.199 and certain editions of v188.8.131.52 are susceptible to upgrade to BT v6 OpenZone firmware. (Consider changing the ACS URL to block the upgrade, or installing alternative firmware)
If you have acquired a brand new and unused hub loaded with BT v184.108.40.206 firmware, you may wish to block any possible upgrade to BT v6 firmware. Click here for details before you connect it to the internet.
The BT v5.x firmwares will by default will usually only permit BT usernames to be saved.
There are now two methods described on this page for how to save non-BT PPP usernames and passwords.
Applies to all models of 2700HGV with v5.29.x firmware.
Connect your ADSL line to the socket marked 'DSL' on the back of the 2700HGV hub, and attach a PC to one of the Ethernet ports on the back of the hub. The Power and Ethernet LEDs on the hub should turn green after a few minutes.
Wait for the 'Broadband' LED on the front of the hub to display a solid green light to indicate you have an ADSL connection to the telephone exchange.
Use any web browser such as Internet Explorer (Opera and FireFox should work too) and go to the hub’s main menu by entering:
192.168.1.254 or type home
Click the "Broadband link" icon at the top.
Click "Advanced settings"
Courtesy of 'smaugy' on thinkbroadband.com to get around the PPP username and password check.
(update Dec 08): I have come across two cases where owners have had difficulty configuring their 2700HGV hubs. One was a Mac owner using Safari web browser, and more recently 'Gene' was struggling with a Vista PC with Internet Explorer - he eventually resolved the problem by using another Vista PC. I'm speculating the 2700HGV web interface may be sensitive to certain web browsers or computer setups. If you encounter this issue, please try this alternative method - you will need to use a Windows PC with Opera web browser installed.
(new 4 Mar 12)
burakkucat has discovered the HURL13 trick usually used for BT v6.x firmwares also seems to work with BT v5.x firmwares too. Specifically BT v220.127.116.11 was used.
Where necessary, make all the relevant changes to the 'Advanced Settings' page shown above, but use a fictitious BT username and password to Save the settings. (Unverifed step)
Now paste one of the following URLs into your web browser:
You should now be prompted to enter your PPP username and password.
For most UK ISPs, you should not need to change the ATM settings or the connection type PPPOA as shown above. If however you are on LLU such as Be, o2 (not Home Access), Sky (not Connect), Orange, Tiscali, TalkTalk, you may have to change these settings.
Some ISPs such as AOL, Tiscali and TalkTalk will require you to adjust the MTU setting too otherwise you may not be able to connect to some websites. (Refer to the section 'MTU Settings for UK ISPs')
Ensure 'ATM PVC Search' is set to 'Disabled', otherwise the 'ATM Circuit Identifier' and 'ATM Encapsulation' settings have no effect.
If you have a BT IPstream connection (eg. BT, PlusNet, Zen, NewNet, Entanet etc) and cannot get the settings in the above picture to work, try using 'ATM PVC Search' set to 'Enabled' as shown below as I have occasionally encountered some unexplained problems when it is set to 'Disabled' and using manually entered ATM values.
If you use BE/o2 LLU broadband, please refer to separate section called 'BE/o2 LLU Settings' on this page describing what settings to use.
If you are using BT v5.29.x firmware, you may also wish to take the opportunity to disable the wireless network assigned to 'Fusion Devices'.
You may wish to review some Advanced Firewall settings. From the main menu, click on the 'Firewall' icon and choose 'Advanced Settings'.
Untick the 'Remote Management' check box as shown above. (This option is not available on BT v5.29.117.x firmware) Note this setting will NOT block automatic firmware upgrades.
You may want to tick the 'Stealth Mode' and 'Block Ping' boxes while you are there too. Click 'Save' button when finished.
If you use Bitorrent, you may wish to review the 'Attack Detection' settings. Click here for more details.
Finally, if you have not already done so, set a System password for your router from the main menu.
Update (June 2008): I have a suspicion that BT have now decommissioned the provisioning servers at smehomehubrms.bt.com so the following procedure will probably not work for early BT hubs.
Update (Mar 2009): A reader has reported success with installing Enhanced Services on their 2700HGV with BT v18.104.22.168 recovery firmware by changing the ACS URL to point to alternative 2wire.com server.
Update (30 Sep 09): I can confirm Enhanced Services can be installed if a 2700HGV Dual SSID hub which has been flashed with BT v22.214.171.124 recovery firmware.
Click here for details for how to change the ACS URL to enable Enhanced Services using 2wire.com servers.
If you have specifically installed the BT v126.96.36.199 or v188.8.131.52 recovery firmware files, you do not need to change the ACS URL if you simply wish to block any firmware upgrades. These firmwares attempt to poll a non-existent BT provisioning server.
For BT v184.108.40.206 firmware, Enhanced services should install itself automatically but please be aware that BT are deploying their new v6.x OpenZone firmware during 2009, and there is a very high risk that any hub with v220.127.116.11 firmware will be automatically upgraded - it could happen immediately or it may takes days/weeks.
Click here for details for how to change the ACS URL to block the BT v6.x firmware updates.
To manually install the ‘Internet Access Controls’ and ‘Content Screening’ application modules:
Start Internet Explorer.
192.168.1.254 or type home
Click on 'System' -> 'Details' and check you are using one of the following BT keycodes:
Now return to the 'home' page in internet explorer.
Click on the 'View available Upgrades and options' link.
When the web page successfully loads. Do NOTHING !
Now return to the 'home' page.
The ‘Access Controls’ should now be visible in top right corner, and along the right hand side of the page if the provisioning servers is available.
If nothing appears, you may have to try again later. (Please note the above warning about v6 OpenZone firmware upgrade)
If your ISP has provided you with a BT wholesale IPstream broadband connection, an alternative simple workaround is to enter the username and password by executing the Setup Wizard.. Warning: if your hub has Enhanced Services such as Parental Controls already present, the use of the setup wizard may result in the services being deleted. You may not be able to recover the Enhanced services once they have been deleted.
Warning: If the hub is using BT v18.104.22.168 firmware, use of the System Setup Wizard and entering the default BT keycode, may reset the ACS URL back to BT motive.com server, and make the hub vulnerable to BT's automatic v6.x firmware upgrade.
The following paragraphs describe the features of the Dual SSID hub and v5.29.x firmwares.
BT Dual SSID Fusion models have revised hardware (version 2701-100589-005) and begin with assembly no 4201-003003-007 or 008. The router may come with factory installed v22.214.171.124 firmware or later.
I notice from the router's Detailed Log and Provisioning Information page, The Dual SSID models connect to a different BT provisioning server, 'pbthdm.bt.motive.com' for models manufactured from around week 16 in 2007 and onwards.
Note that earlier some Dual SSID hubs with v5.29.107.x firmware, or any hub using the BT v126.96.36.199 or v188.8.131.52 Recovery firmwares will in fact try to connect to the old cwmp.cms.smehomehubrms.bt.com server.
The 'Wireless Settings' page does not display the Wireless Power Setting. It is however possible to edit the power level setting using this described here. The factory default setting is '1' (25mW).
As well as Fusion wireless VOIP services, the v5 firmware now also supports WPA2-PSK (AES) wireless security. I do not use VOIP or WPA2-PSK so I will not be commenting on these features.
The Dual SSID model connected to my BT IPstream ISP without any difficulties. ADSL line speeds are comparable to what I have been witnessing with my other Single SSID 2700HGV hub.
My Dual SSID hub was running v184.108.40.206 but it upgraded
automatically to v220.127.116.11.
Components version information
BT v18.104.22.168 (ACS URL: https://gw-5-29-117.cwmp.cms.2wire.com)
Note: Using BT v22.214.171.124 recovery firmware
BT v126.96.36.199 (ACS URL: https://gw-5-29-117.cwmp.cms.2wire.com)
Note: Using BT v188.8.131.52 recovery firmware.
BT v184.108.40.206 (ACS URL: https://gw-5-29-117.cwmp.cms.2wire.com)
Note: ACS URL has been changed to block v6 upgrade.
Enhanced Services cannot be installed from 2wire.com servers.
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