Saturday, 4 April 2015

BT Broadband Fibre 3rd party router working with BT TV - TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750

BT Broadband Fibre 3rd party router working with BT TV - TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750


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On this page we are going to look at how we can use our recommended 3rd party router to work with BT TV.

We no that we struggled to find a lot of information on purchasing a compatible 3rd party router working satisfactory with the BT IPTV multicast channels.
Our working setup was using the TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 wireless router which worked satisfactory with IPTV multicast and BT TV channels. This router worked for us on the BT Infinity fibre package with BT TV and BT Sport channels.

BT now provide some fantastic TV packages as part of their BT Broadband portfolio.  They also provide their BT Homehub to their customers which works great with their broadband packages.



Some people how ever prefer to use their own routers rather than the working BT supplied Homehub. You should note that BT do not provide support for using 3rd party routers.  

You can find further information on other compatible 3rd party wireless routers on the BT help Forum site

Most third party routers will work satisfactory with BT Broadband, however most will be problematic in working satisfactory with BT TV and IPTV Multicast channels.

BT TV is delivered through the broadband line and most 3rd party routers have difficulty or are not compatible with the IPTV multicast channel delivery. Therefore even tho the broadband works great you will get a black screen or error message when viewing any BT IPTV multicast channels. On other 3rd party routers you may find that even tho you have configured IPTV the muticast packets flood the wireless router which in turn locks up the router and provides a very unsatisfactory internet experience.

Our set up however uses the BT FTTC Modem and the TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 wireless router on our BT Infinity fibre line which so far has worked great with little setup.


The TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 wireless router can be purchased from most retailers and at the moment is very competitively priced compared to other AC wireless routers.
One word of warning - This router is available in three versions. We are unable to confirm that the version 1 router will work satisfactory. However the newer versions 2 and 3 certainly are. We recommend that you purchase version 2 or 3.

When getting your TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 wireless router just make sure you up date the firmware to the latest from the TP-Links web site. If you see the following router setup screen as shown below with the "IPTV" settings on the left hand side menu then your router will most certainly work satisfactory.

The only setting within the router that we were required on our setup was the pppoe username and password which will be found in your old BT Homehub setup pages. The IPTV muticast channels worked with the default router settings.

Our setup has now been working very well for sometime. We decided to do this blog as confirmation that the TP-Link router mentioned above worked satisfactory as mentioned above.

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