Will an old ADSL modem still work on my fibre optic broadband if my fibre broadband ever fails.

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Found 22nd Feb 2015
I'm on 38mb fibre optic broadband (with EE) and using the new Brightbox 2. I also still have my old Brightbox 1 ADSL modem.
Does anyone know if I could still plug my old ADSL Brightbox 1 if I ever had a failure of my Brightbox 2?
I know I won't get the same speed but Just want to know if it will work in cases of an emergency.
Thanks in advance for all replies.
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if the old bright box 1 supports VDSL, then yes...

but I don't think it does
Short answer is no. They are different technologies. The brightbox 2 is compatible with vdsl and adsl, whereas the brightbox 1 is only adsl.
The Brightbox 1 kind of supports VDSL by using a BT Openreach VDSL modem.
But on it's own, it does not.
Anyone had any experience at using an ADSL modem while they were sorting out a problem with the VDSL?
deathtrap3000

Short answer is no. They are different technologies. The brightbox 2 is … Short answer is no. They are different technologies. The brightbox 2 is compatible with vdsl and adsl, whereas the brightbox 1 is only adsl.


Thanks Deathtrap. Are you saying that the ADSL signal is switched off when the VDSL signal is turned on?
Basically, yes but you need a BT Openreach Modem in order to use the Brightbox 1 with EE fibre. The Brightbox 2 already has the technology built in.

I had the Brightbox 1 with the modem on EE fibre before the Brightbox 2 came out and then upgraded to the 2 when EE released it (phoned them up and asked for it). I don't recall there being a massive increase in speed but the new router was slightly quicker with most of my devices (think that was due to it having the latest wireless though).
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