Google Fiber – Gigabit Speeds, Your Router Part 1: VLANs

25 February 2014, 22:03 CST

Google Fiber is great.  True symmetric gigabit speeds — both downstream and upstream — for $70/month.  ComcastTimeWarner should be shaking in their market monopoly boots.

Background

However, the Google Fiber “Network Box” (GFNB) is, to put it plainly, a piece of junk.  This device is what we know as a router.  Any advanced feature such as port forwarding is allowed in the advanced interface, but may or may not work.  Not much else is supported.  Unlike any other $20 router there is no bridge mode, no way to turn off the DHCP server, no DMZ, etc.  At one point while I was trying to troubleshoot a port forwarding issue, the GFNB created a hidden (read: could-not-be-deleted-because-it-wasn’t-visible) access rule that prevented my main computer from getting online at all.  A factory reset was required to fix this.  A group of us on the Google Fiber product forums decided to pool our knowledge and figure out how to use our own router, despite the insistence from Google that this was either not possible, or only with a double NAT — their router had to remain between you and the Interwebs.

Following a tip which set us on the right path, Atlantisman did most of the hard work to figure out how to get pfSense set up, so all due credit to him and JeffV in the GF product forum and the pfSense forums.  Atlantisman wrote up how to to set up pfSense, and gave some general guidance about the switch.  This post will focus on the setting up the Netgear GS108Tv2.  The switch configuration falls into two main parts: setting up the VLANs, and the QoS.  pfSense is not required, most any modern router will do, but a VLAN + QoS capable switch is required.  The VLAN configuration is required to get your router online.  Without the proper QoS, uploads are limited to 10Mb/s.

This following assumes that you’re following Atlantisman’s guide.  Specifically, you have port 1 plugged into your ONT and port 2 plugged into the WAN port for your router of choice.

One more note: I’ve had a bunch of trouble with the Google Fiber speed test lately  I recommend running an initial test with the GFNB before you make any modifications to the network to get a baseline.  You may wish to also get some baseline numbers from speedtest.net.

Optional: UI Session Timeout

The default idle timeout for the 108’s UI is 5 minutes.  I find this annoying when I’m trying to comprehend their manual and change settings.  If you want to change this, go to Security > Access > HTTP Configuration > Soft Session Timeout and set it to something more reasonable.  I have mine at 30 minutes.

Part 1: The VLANs

The traffic in and out of the ONT (the Fiber Jack) must be tagged with VLAN2.  The easiest way to do this is to put the ONT and your router on VLAN2, and everything else on VLAN1.  In the GS108T, you must set up the VLAN in two different places.

First, to avoid any troubles, disable the Voice VLAN in Switching > Voice VLAN > Properties.  You won’t be able to dedicate VOIP applications to VLAN2 with this switch because the ONT already uses it.GS108T: Voice VLAN

Port Grouping

Next, configure the port grouping.  Go to Switching > VLAN.  From the menu on the left, choose Advanced > VLAN Membership.  Don’t bother trying to rename the first 3 VLANs.  It won’t let you.

Ensure that VLAN ID 1 is selected, click the annoyingly small triangle next to the word PORT, and then click each port (3 – 8) until they all say ‘U’.

GS108T: VLAN1 - Grouping

Note: I have port 3 ungrouped in the screenshot here because I am using it for other purposes.

Click the apply button in the lower right.

Select VLAN ID 2 from the drop down, click the annoyingly small triangle next to the word PORT, and then click port 1 to make it say ‘T’.  Click port 2 to make it say ‘U’.

GS108T: VLAN2 - Grouping

Click the apply button in the lower right.

Port Assignment

Choose Port PVID Configuration from the menu on the left.  Mark the boxes for g1 and g2, enter a value of 2 into the box PVID Configured.  Click the apply button in the lower right.

GS108T: Port Assignment

Note: I have port g3 assigned to VLAN3 in the screenshot here because I am using it for other purposes.

That all there is to the VLAN configuration.  Your router, pfSense or otherwise, should now be able to obtain a public address from the Google DHCP server, and you can get online.  At this point, you should stop and make sure your router is functioning correctly, and that you’re able to run a speed test.

Upload speeds are limited to 10Mb/s until you get QoS configured, but it is better to get the VLAN configuration settled and confirmed working before moving on.

 

Update 15 Aug 2014: Atlantisman’s guide is back on dropbox, and has a few updates so I’ve changed the links in the post back directly to his guide.  The archived guide is still available if needed.

Next – Part 2: QoS

If you have questions, come find us on the Google Fiber thread, or the pfSense thread, or leave them in the comments below.

 

54 Responses to “Google Fiber – Gigabit Speeds, Your Router Part 1: VLANs”

  1. Jason says:

    I purchased a new GS108TV2 switch and followed the instructions above to the letter. However, as soon as I click apply after making the Port PVID Configuration settings, the interface freezes and I’m unable to reconnect to the switch through the web app. I then have to do a factory reset to find it again. Any thoughts?

    • rhornsby says:

      I’d first try to make sure the firmware is up to date. I had a few strange issues initially until I took care of that. The other thing to watch out for is that you’re connecting to the switch through an untagged port. That is, if for the purposes of configuring the switch you’re plugged into the switch through port 8 (or your wireless AP is hooked up to port 8) make sure it is marked “U” during your configuration steps. If instead you’re plugged into port 1, and you configured port 1 to be tagged “T” for VLAN2, it will make the switch seem to lock up when you apply the changes. In reality, the switch is still functioning normally. Port 1 is ignoring any traffic, including from your computer, that isn’t marked specifically for VLAN2.

      • Jason says:

        Thank you so very much! The trick was to not be connected to Port 2 during the configuration steps. Just two more questions:

        1. My speed tests are about 100-200 GB/sec slower than the baseline. Any suggestions?
        2. Am I able to use ports 3-8 on the switch? They don’t seem to be working. I have Port 1 connected to Google OTN and Port 2 connected to the WAN port on my router.

        Thanks again for your help.

        • rhornsby says:

          1. My speed tests are about 100-200 GB/sec slower than the baseline. Any suggestions?

          Other than the QoS settings, which only impact the upstream and impose a very specific limit of 10Mbps, nothing on your end immediately comes to mind. I had some real trouble with the GF speed test during my setup. The problem turned out to be the speed test itself.

          2. Am I able to use ports 3-8 on the switch? They don’t seem to be working. I have Port 1
          connected to Google OTN and Port 2 connected to the WAN port on my router.

          Yep, assign all ports 3-8 to VLAN1, and configure the port grouping to have ports 3-8 in VLAN1 untagged “U”. One of the things to note is that when configuring the port grouping, there are three choices “[blank]“, “T”, and “U”. You want ports 3-8 to be marked with “U” for untagged. This tells the switch to treat those ports as if they’re on the same LAN, but don’t add the extra header information to the packets for the VLAN id.

          edit: minor formatting adjustments

          • Blake says:

            Ok so I finally got connected to the internet on my Netgear switch through port two with my computer while the Fiber OTN is plugged into port one. When I connect my computer to port two I do get a public ip address from Google Fiber. I do have DHCP on the switch disabled. My only problem now is that when I hook port two on the switch to my factory-reset, DD-WRT, Asus router’s WAN port, the router is not getting an ip from Google Fiber. When I look at the status page in my web GUI for my router I can see that the router gets no IP from Google Fiber. I have the router setup as Auto Configuration – DHCP and the DHCP server turned on. And I have the router set as a Gateway not Router in the Network configuration. What am I doing wrong that’s no allowing my router to get a public IP from Google when my computer is fully capable of getting an IP by connecting to the same port on the switch?

  2. mmitchell says:

    The link to Atlantisman’s guide is no longer valid. Can someone post a new link? Thanks. I hope to follow this guide once Google Fiber is installed.

  3. Alberto de_la_Torre says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to post this. You have made my life with google fiber an order of magnitude easier.

  4. Alberto de_la_Torre says:

    More equipment test results:

    I have the GS108PEv2. It does not have granular QOS settings as the GS108Tv2 does. In it’s default configuration, I only got 10MBPS up. By configuring QoS Mode to “Port Based” (instead of 802.1p Based), and then changing the Priority on Ports 1 & 2 to “Normal Priority” (from the default of “Low Priority”, the upload speed went backup up to 900 plus.

    I also did the above with a GS105Ev2 (aka GS105E-200NAS), and it works as well. It was $54 at Staples.

  5. Chris says:

    I am wanting to know if this method still works?

  6. Atlantisman says:

    Yes, this does still work.

  7. Vicki says:

    Would a simple newb such as myself be able to perform this task? The terms used are not clear to me but would they be self explanatory in practice? Thanks

    • rhornsby says:

      While the directions are laid out in pretty specific detail, I wouldn’t necessarily attempt this if you’re not familiar with the basic concepts. The trouble is that Google won’t help if something breaks. This guide is only one half of the process, and only covers the VLAN/QoS portion. The other half is configuring your personal router, which is discussed in Atlantisman’s guide. pfSense is significantly more advanced than a typical off the shelf Linksys router.

      There are a couple of unsolved gotchas, most specifically there is some wonkiness if you have GFTV that we never sorted out.

      That said, if you can make very careful notes of your current setup (which wires are plugged into where) the worst that can happen is you have to put everything back the way it is now.

  8. albert says:

    I’ve configured with a TP-LINK 5-Port Gigabit Easy Smart Switch and I ran speedtest directly from switch gets 700’s download and 500’s for upload but after I setup my router only gets 200mb/s for download and 100mb/s for upload. What did I do wrong?

  9. Colin says:

    The dropbox links are 404 again. Do you have a copy of the latest version of the guide?

    thanks

  10. Mik Tek says:

    I thought I had a router that would work out of the box – ASUS RT-N65U – with hacked firmware from https://code.google.com/p/rt-n56u/
    But I had either QOS or VLANS, and the lowest VLAN was 4.
    I have been using the GF wireless for my guest network and my AD domain is NAT’d behind the GF.

    My intention is to run the GF and my router side by side off of the Netgear – does that sound feasible and will it keep the TV features running?
    Any thoughts/tips will be greatly appreciated.

    sign me – happy but frustrated in Happy Rock

    • Mik Tek says:

      Found a way – just too many switches.

      ONT>switch>GFNB
      >Netgear >myrouter
      Full speeds on all routers
      I would prefer:

      ONT>Netgear>GFNB
      >myrouter

      Netgear is setup as per this excellent work – Thank you all!

      • Mik Tek says:

        I have my ASUS RT-N65U with firmware from https://code.google.com/p/rt-n56u/ using there latest firmware (currently 3.x.3.9-095 ) which lets me setup the VLAN and QoS so that the ONT connects directly to my router via Cat6!!!!!!!!!

        • Blake says:

          I have an Asus RT-AC87U with DD-WRT firmware on it. I haven’t really looked in it yet but I think it has VLAN and QoS sections in it. Do you think I’d be able set up my Asus router to be the ONLY device I use, going straight from the Fiber Jack into my router and then have all my devices use the router like normal, without even having to use the Google Fiber Network Box? I’m on the Free 5Mb/s down/1Mb/s up plan so have slower speeds isn’t a problem for me. I really need to have my Asus router be assigning the IPs to the whole network without double-NATing with the GF Box.

          • rhornsby says:

            VLAN configuration is the most important. Unless the 5/1 tier doesn’t use the VLAN tags, it absolutely will not work without that. I don’t know if the QoS settings will come into play on the 5/1 tier, but you can probably get away without that.

            The only other catch is the TV service. If you have that, IGMP/multicast will need to be configured properly.

          • Blake says:

            So if this is possible with the Asus RT-AC87U without a switch, why is everyone saying that this can’t be done with a consumer-grade router? Is it because the DD-WRT gives it that capability?

          • rhornsby says:

            I don’t know enough particulars about the AC87U+DD-WRT to say for sure if it can or cannot, but the vast majority of consumer grade gear cannot be configured for VLAN tagging or QoS. The only consumer platform I’ve seen capable out of the box is the Edgerouter. DD-WRT, tomato, etc unlock tons of capabilities that are normally not available to the user in OEM supplied firmware. But, the hardware still needs to support port-based VLAN tagging. It’s for those two reasons (OEM firmware, hardware support) that we say it can’t be done with typical consumer grade gear.

            Putting the VLAN-capable switch between the ONT and the router means that nearly any off-the-shelf router with stock firmware will work for Internet-only subscribers.

          • Blake says:

            So my whole reasoning for wanting to cut out the Google Fiber box is because it doesn’t have the ability to turn off DHCP, thus forcing me to be double-NATed. The reason why I’d like just my DD-WRT Asus router to be the DHCP server is because I use host-based ad blocking on my Asus router. For some reason, when my Asus router is double-NATed, I can’t get internet access through it. So if I can cut the GF box out of the equation, my problem will be resolved. I’d just really like to be able to do that, though, without having to go and buy the Netgear switch, you know?

          • Mik Tek says:

            Blake,
            I am not aware of the details on DD-WRT but I have setup VLANs on one before. I never could find the QoS settings and as I bricked my ASUS RT-AC56U and had to use a JTag to recover it to ASUS firmware, so I cannot provide any help. DD-WRT have some very good forums so you should be able to get the info you want there.

  11. Mik Tek says:

    Does anyone have a way to run their own router AND the GF router together? I have the suggested Neatgear switch and my routers run faster than the GF, but I need to Keep the TV working.

  12. Jake says:

    Just finished your guide and it was great, I’ve got gigabitand giving a public IP to my pfsense box.

    I followed the pdf guide to get the TV services working and while that was helpfull it only got channels 1-97 to work, anything on 98 and above just gave a black picture and red text saying not available.

    Any ideas if there are more subnets that Google has added that I need to make rules for? Anyway for me to test this or find out?

    Thanks!

    • rhornsby says:

      I had trouble with the TV that I never resolved (two specific channels would go black) before they put in v2 gear. I haven’t had time to circle back around to try to solve it. The v2 gear I have since working this solution up merges the GFNB and the DVR/storage box into one unit. If you have TV service, removing the GFNB entirely is no longer possible with v2 gear.

      On the good side, while the the GFNB feature list is still woefully short (and can never satisfy everyone’s needs – hence the work we did here), they’ve made massive improvements to the management UI.

  13. Dan says:

    In process of trying to get this set up with a different Netgear (GSS108E) and my existing PfSense. A high level question I have: I see where you put the WAN side of PfSense in VLAN2 with the Fiber jack, but what happens to the LAN side of PFsense? Shouldn’t that have to connect to VLAN1 to facilitate LAN side DHCP and carry all the LAN side traffic?

    Obviously this works, but I’m having trouble figure out how that’s possible.

    Thanks.

    • rhornsby says:

      On the LAN side, the traffic is untagged – it has no VLAN ID.

      • Dan says:

        I get that the LAN side is untagged. I’m talking about the pfsense (or router of choice) LAN interface. If you don’t physically connect it back in to the (untagged) ports of the GS108T or to another switch on your network, then none of the machines on your network will be able to reach the gateway (which is on the LAN side of the router). Right?

        Thanks!

  14. Joe Ernst says:

    My issue isn’t specifically with this string, but perhaps you can help. Have a Sharp TV. (Smart TV?). I have Google Fiber. Frequently, the audio and picture are not sync’d. Especially channel 119 Fox News, although other channels sometimes manifests the same problem. Google Fiber technicians are stumped, but raised the issue to higher-ups. Any idea what the problem is? Can you email me with your reply. Found this blog by accident, probably can’t get back. Thank you.

  15. Austin Hartman says:

    I’m posting in case this helps someone else like me who doesn’t know much about networking. I had trouble figuring out how I was supposed to configure the GS108T switch, because I thought I would be connecting to it through a PC connected to the router (mine is an Asus RT-N56U). Perhaps there is a way to do that, but I couldn’t figure it out.

    What I did is connect a PC directly to one of switch’s ports (I used port 4), and then I configured that PC to use a specific IPv4 address (http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/19249/how-to-assign-a-static-ip-address-in-xp-vista-or-windows-7/ covers how to do that with Windows). I used 192.168.0.2 for the IP address, 255.255.255.0 for the subnet mask, and 192.168.0.239 (the switch’s default IP address) for the default gateway. I left the DNS server addresses blank.

    After that, I was able to connect to http://192.168.0.239 (again, the switch’s default IP address) to do the configuration described here. I did do a factory reset on the switch before doing these steps, which might have also helped, since I had a lot of prior unsuccessful attempts where I might have misconfigured something on the switch.

    Another thing is that my download speeds were only ~400 Mbps before doing the QoS settings. I thought I’d seen others report they got close to the 1 Gbps download speeds even without those. My upload speeds did match the reported ~10 Mbps before doing the QoS settings. After configuring QoS, I did get ~950 Mbps down and ~750 Mbps up speeds that I was getting with the Google Fiber Network Box. I’m in Olathe, KS, in case that’s relevant.

    • Mik Tek says:

      Austin, if you install the Padavan firmware on your router (from https://bitbucket.org/padavan/rt-n56u ) the .94 firmware allows you to go from the ONT directly to your Asus router and have speeds that equal what comes from Google. I believe that I have TV where it will work, but with the Royals still playing ball, I have not put it to the test. So I have a TV network that is all Google, and an internet only network that is all mine.

  16. FYI – I’ve written an updated how-to guide on replacing the GFNB with only a UBNT EdgeRouter lite, for anyone who wants to take that approach:

    http://www.stevejenkins.com/blog/2015/11/replace-your-google-fiber-network-box-with-a-ubiquiti-edgerouter-lite/

  17. Blake says:

    So I followed all these directions to the letter but I’m not getting internet access through the switch. I just got the Netgear GS108Tv2 last night. I hooked up my computer to port 8 or the switch and changed my computer IP to 192.168.0.240 with subnet mask of 255.255.255.0 and the default gateway set to 192.168.0.239. Then I got into the configuration UI of the switch and followed all the instructions here and on the QOS instructions on the next article. But for some reason I can’t get internet access through this switch at all. I have the OTN plugged into the WAN port on the switch and my computer plugged into any of the other ports besides port 2 and I don’t get internet access. I have my Asus router that I tried plugging into port 2 on the switch and have the router running DHCP and I still don’t get internet access. I thought that at the very least that I should be getting internet access while wired directly to one of ports 3-8. Now I figured that the reason why my internet wasn’t working was because the switch had DHCP enabled and it was double-NATting with my router. But even after I tried to turn off the DHCP of the switch, I still couldn’t get internet either directly connected to the switch or through my router while it was connected to port 2 on the switch. What am I doing wrong?

  18. LGSONE says:

    So… here is a trick. Open putty, enter IP address of GS108Tv2, select telnet port 60000…
    You are in…
    type admin
    type GUI password
    type enable
    type ? and see available commands
    type configure
    you are now in config mode of switch.

    CONFIG BELOW (xxx=ip of your network)

    ! The line above is the NSDP Text Configuration header. DO NOT EDIT THIS HEADER
    !Current Configuration:
    !
    !System Description “GS108Tv2”
    !System Software Version “5.4.2.22”
    !System Up Time “xx days x hrs xx mins xx secs”
    !Additional Packages FASTPATH QOS
    !Current SNTP Synchronized Time: May 16 21:02:36 201 UTC
    !
    network protocol none
    network parms xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx 255.255.255.0 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
    vlan database
    set igmp 2
    exit
    no ip http java
    ip http session maxsessions 1
    ip http session hard-timeout 2
    ip http session soft-timeout 20
    ip http secure-protocol SSL3
    ip http secure-session soft-timeout 20
    configure
    snmp-server sysname “GF-WAN-8p”
    snmp-server location “Rack”
    snmp-server contact “your name”
    !
    clock source SNTP
    clock timezone ‘UTC’ -5
    sntp client mode unicast
    ! sntp server status is active
    sntp server xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
    ! sntp server status is active
    sntp server xxx.xx.xxx.xxx
    ip name server Wrong-family-addr
    snmptrap private ipaddr 172.20.2.24
    snmptrap public ipaddr xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
    users passwd “admin” encrypted
    8508282fc679aa1eaac57bec3f6c2a7f966f0
    authentication login “defaultList” local
    lineconfig
    exit
    spanning-tree configuration name “DC-EF-09-xx-xx-xx”
    snmp-server community ipaddr xxx.xxx.xxx.0 public
    snmp-server community ipmask 255.255.255.0 public
    snmp-server community ipaddr xxx.xxx.xxx.0 private
    snmp-server community ipmask 255.255.255.0 private
    !Management ACAL
    management access-list “MGMT-enable”
    permit ip-source xxx.xxx.xxx.0 mask 255.255.255.0 service snmp priority 10
    permit ip-source xxx.xxx.xxx.0 mask 255.255.255.0 service http priority 11
    exit
    management access-class MGMT-enable
    access-list 1 permit every
    class-map match-all DHCP ipv4
    match vlan 2
    match srcl4port 68
    match dstl4port 67
    exit
    class-map match-all IGMP ipv4
    match vlan 2
    match protocol igmp
    exit
    class-map match-all Default ipv4
    match vlan 2
    exit
    policy-map GF-WAN in
    class DHCP
    mark cos 2
    exit
    class IGMP
    mark cos 6
    exit
    class Default
    mark cos 3
    exit
    exit
    no voip status
    voip oui 00:01:E3 desc SIEMENS
    voip oui 00:03:6B desc CISCO1
    voip oui 00:12:43 desc CISCO2
    voip oui 00:0F:E2 desc H3C
    voip oui 00:60:B9 desc NITSUKO
    voip oui 00:D0:1E desc PINTEL
    voip oui 00:E0:75 desc VERILINK
    voip oui 00:E0:BB desc 3COM
    voip oui 00:04:0D desc AVAYA1
    voip oui 00:1B:4F desc AVAYA2
    no snmp-server enable traps
    no snmp-server enable traps stpmode
    set igmp
    interface 0/1
    set igmp
    set igmp mrouter interface
    mtu 9000
    vlan pvid 2
    vlan participation auto 1
    vlan participation include 2
    vlan tagging 2
    exit
    interface 0/2
    service-policy in GF-WAN
    set igmp
    mtu 9000
    vlan pvid 2
    vlan participation auto 1
    vlan participation include 2
    exit
    interface 0/3
    service-policy in GF-WAN
    set igmp
    mtu 9000
    vlan pvid 2
    vlan participation auto 1
    vlan participation include 2
    exit
    interface 0/4
    service-policy in GF-WAN
    set igmp
    mtu 9000
    vlan pvid 2
    vlan participation auto 1
    vlan participation include 2
    exit
    interface 0/5
    exit
    interface 0/6
    exit
    interface 0/7
    exit
    interface 0/8
    mtu 9000
    exit
    interface 3/1
    no snmp trap link-status
    lacp collector max-delay 0
    exit
    interface 3/2
    no snmp trap link-status
    lacp collector max-delay 0
    exit
    interface 3/3
    no snmp trap link-status
    lacp collector max-delay 0
    exit
    interface 3/4
    no snmp trap link-status
    lacp collector max-delay 0
    exit
    exit

    • Blake says:

      I would love to try configuring my switch with the command line. Is each line of the above a different command to input while telnet’d into the switch?

    • Blake says:

      Also, at the beginning of this config you pasted in, what exactly is supposed to be the xxx=IP? Which IP is that? The gateway IP of the switch, 192.168.0.239?… Or my public IP from Google Fiber?

  19. LGSONE says:

    Missed one command to get into config mode

    type admin
    type GUI password
    type enable
    enable password is null , ie… hit enter

  20. LGSONE says:

    Compliments from: https://www.simweb.ch/blog/2014/02/hidden-cli-interface-on-netgear-gs110tp/

    Works perfectly on gs108tv2… I mistakenly created access deny rules, had to disable…

    If you read toward the bottom it tells you how to save back to switch. You can also download the config from the switch, make modifications and reload via GUI but hey, if you’re already in the CLI…

  21. TXfool says:

    Great tutorial! Easy read and seems to be working for others. I guess I must just be missing something b/c I’m not able to get an IP from Google.

    I have the Netgear GS108Tv2. Port 1 is connected to ONT and port 2 is connected to WAN port of my router (Dell SonicWall TZ-215w).

    First, I connected my PC directly to the Netgear switch and configured as described in this article. I did see some references here in the comments section about turning off DHCP on the switch. I wasn’t really sure where/how to do that. Maybe that’s the step I’m missing? I also left the Negear switch assigned to the default 192.168.0.239.

    Then, I connected my PC directly to the LAN port on my SonicWall router (which has been factory reset to default settings). The default LAN IP is 192.168.168.168. I set the WAN to use DHCP, but it just shows 0.0.0.0. I also tried release/renew on the WAN port, but still just shows 0.0.0.0.

    Any help is much appreciated!

    • TXfool says:

      Couple more questions:

      Has anyone gotten this working in Austin?

      Does the switch need to be in the same subnet as my router? I tried that but didn’t seem to help.

  22. hvymtlhick says:

    I have recently received google fiber (1Gbps plan) in Olathe KS. I am trying to eliminate the GFNB.
    Today my Netgear GS108Tv2 arrived and I have it configured to match these instructions. Thank you, its very easy and simple to follow.

    I have my Google Fiber Jack (GFLT110 powered via 2A usb wall charger) connected to port 1 of the GS108Tv2, while port 2 is connected to the WAN port of the router.

    I have two routers (ASUS RT-AC66U & Netgear R7000), both flashed with Shibby130-Tomato1.28

    I have tested this confg using both routers (one at a time) and I cannot get it to work at all on one and not full rate up/down on the other.

    The Asus will connect to google fiber and get online, no problem, but I cannot exceed 160Mbps down or 180Mbps up.
    The R7000, will not even get an IP address from the WAN

    Does anyone on here have any experience with these issues?
    Anyone familiar with operating on G.Fiber using any tomato builds?
    Any tips ? Any ideas ? Hopefully someone in the KC area.

    • einjester says:

      all of you that are only getting limited bandwidth (under 200ish) after using your own hardware router, the bandwidth is most likely being limited by your firewall within your router. gigabit ports dont always mean gigabit firewall throughput. you can check by turning off the firewall feature for a quick speed test. the trick is to use googles network box as your firewall and then behind that, use your router only for natting, vlans and any other personalized routing.

  23. Confused in Shawnee KS says:

    Happy belated New Year! Is anyone aware if these work arounds are still an available option to eliminate the GFNB?

    I have spent over 6 hours configuring the GS108Tv2, testing it, resting it to default and then starting over. No luck anytime. Are there updates to the previously posted instructions.

    I am using the same settings from heavy metal hick above. “I have my Google Fiber Jack (GFLT110 powered via 2A usb wall charger) connected to port 1 of the GS108Tv2, while port 2 is connected to the WAN port of the router.” My router is an apple AirPort Extreme with IGMP enabled.

    Any help is appreciated.

  24. GD says:

    Just an FYI – to use google fiber with pfsense, the managed switch (GS108Tv2) is not longer required with pfsense 2.3.

    Instructions for pfsense config are at http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r30908033-Bypass-Google-Fiber-Box-How-To

    I had google fiber installed last week. All I had to do was
    – powered google fiber jack (asked them to provide for power supply)
    – configured pfsense box with instructions from above link (VLAN2 setup)
    – connected google fiber jack to wan port of pfsense

    Everything worked the first time!

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