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Origin Broadband Router Review

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Last update: March 27, 2024
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Like most providers, Origin offer a free router for every new customer. However, you may be wondering what it is like and what upgrades are available. Find out everything you need to know, right here!

What are the Router specs?

Origin offer three different hubs. The default ASUS N16 comes free with a broadband contract.

Customers can purchase two premium routers - the AC56 Hub (£74.99 upfront) and the AC68U Hub (£129.99 upfront). These are the specs:

Router
Features
Upfront cost
ASUS N16 Wireless All-in-One hub
  • 2.4Ghz
  • Supports several devices at once
  • VPN support
  • Weight: 225g
Free
ASUS Premium AC56 Hub
  • 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz
  • Parental control
  • Traffic analyser
  • Suitable for medium homes
  • 2 USB ports
  • Increased memory
  • VPN support
  • Weight: 400g
£89.99
ASUS Premium AC68U Hub
  • 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz
  • Suitable for large homes
  • Parental control
  • Traffic analyser
  • 3 USB ports
  • VPN support
  • Increased memory + DSL memory
  • Weight: 640g
£129.99

If you sign up for standard/ADSL broadband it’ll be the ASUS DSL-N14. If you go for fibre it’ll be the DSL-N16. Origin describes these as standard routers, and they should be reliable enough for the majority of households out there.

Most providers don’t give their customers an option to switch routers.. There’s a choice of two premium routers routers that Origin classes as ‘pro’ and gold standard’. They both promise to support several high-performance broadband tasks at the same time. If you’re working from home, have a large family or if you have a lot of wireless devices then it might be worth purchasing one when you sign up or if you are an existing customer.


How long will it take to get my router?

If you are switching from another Openreach provider, Origin take care of the switching process. You shouldn’t experience a lag in your service more than a couple of minutes on the day of the switch.

If you already have an active phone line, then your service shouldn’t be interrupted. You’ll just need to plug in your new router and off you go. If you don’t already have a phone line, Origin will install a new one and charge you less than many other providers charge.


How can I set up my router?

Plug the router into the mains and also into your broadband or telephone socket. It will probably take a few minutes to get online and there may be one or two extra steps depending on the router you have, but that’s the main part complete.

Now you can connect your devices. Go into your wifi settings on your devices, and find your network name. Input your password which is on the back of the router along with the network name (SSID). Now you’re set up and connected!


How can I reset my router?

You can reset your router by opening your internet browser (e.g. Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer) and go to 192.168.1.1. The default login credentials are:

Username and Password both: admin

Note: These details may be different if you've changed them in the past.

To the left hand side, under Advanced settings, click on WAN. You should now see a whole list of settings. Scroll down to the bottom and find PPP settings.

Under PPP settings, enter the username and password we have sent you in the text or email. Click 'Save' at the bottom of the page.


Why would I need a replacement router?

The basic routers offered by Origin are Asus N14 for ADSL or N16 with fibre routers. But while Asus is a respected manufacturer, these particular models are outdated. You only get support for 802.11n Wi-Fi, which means you don’t get the faster transfer speeds from newer Wi-Fi devices which support 802.11ac. They’re not terrible by any means, but if you want the best performance and require more advanced features, it may be worth investing in the upgraded models offered by Origin.

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