HOW-TO: Use Ubiquiti Unifi UDM/USG directly with Vodafone Gigafast.

Information here is specific to my installation and configuration experience – your own mileage may vary!

Background

I was fortunate/unfortunate enough depending on your point of view, to have the Vodafone Gigafast service installed. The underlying network is delivered by Cityfibre who are a growing player in the Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) market in the UK. As part of the installation, they provide a preconfigured router but as we all know, no-one sane uses the standard ISP kit – especially when you have a shiny UDM Pro sitting there so the ISP kit goes back in the box and on the shelf.

Unifi Equipment

UDM Pro running version 1.7.2 but should be a similar setup on most Unifi USG/UDM devices.

Prerequisites.

The Vodafone/Cityfibre router comes either preconfigured with the connection PPPoE credentials or is configured automagically. Either way, they don’t provide these details in any of the paperwork they send you. You must request the PPPoE details from Vodafone which is the most difficult part of the entire procedure! I found the easiest way to do this was through the Chat feature of the Vodafone website. You’ll need to pass through security so make sure you have your account number, email address associated with the account. They also asked me for part of the sort code associated with the direct debit. Tip: The username should be something like dsl123456@broadband.vodafone.co.uk with a random string of text for the password.

Physical Configuration

When the nice installation engineer has finished, he will connect the WAN port of the ISP supplied router to a newly installed fibre termination box on the wall. Mine is a Calix device, black in colour and has four LEDs, a power plug, the optical input and an Ethernet port. As soon as the engineer is out of sight, disconnect the Ethernet cable from the WAN port on the ISP router and plug it in to the WAN port on your Unifi device. In my case, this is WAN on my UDM Pro.

Unifi Configuration

  • On the WAN configuration page of your Unifi Device (for classic, it’s Settings > Networks > WAN).
  • Enter a name for the Connection (default is WAN) in the Name field.
  • In the Connect Type drop down field under the IPV4 section, select PPPoE. A Username and Password field will appear.
  • Enter the Username and Password you obtained from Vodafone in the Prequisite section into these field.
  • In the DNS Server fields under Common Settings, enter your DNS servers of choice. I tend to stick with Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1 but use whatever you will here.
  • Check the Use VLAN ID Checkbox and enter 911 in the box immediately to the right.
  • Make sure you are happy with the remaining settings.
  • Click Save and allow the changes to provision.

Clean-Up

Once you have successfully established a connection, you can decide what to do with your ISP supplied router. Mine, as mentioned, is back in its box on the shelf but I’m sure you could have some fun setting fire to it, leaving it outdoors in the rain or using it as a doorstop.

Conclusion

And that’s it. This is written specifically for a specific ISP in a specific country but the key things are making sure you get your PPPoE credentials and also that the VLAN associated with Vodafone (at least in my part of the UK) is 911.

I hope this helps someone and good luck!

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