Howto configure a TG588 from A1 Telekom as VDSL modem and a Mikrotik device as router

September 11, 2015

Our big nation provider A1 Telekom went ahead and provided our house as first provider with VDSL – hoped FTTH makes the race … but anyway VDSL is better than the old stuff I had before.  So I went ahead and ordered it and I got send an TG588 modem/router where you can almost configure nothing. e.g. UPNP is enabled and you can’t even deactivate it – when was it a good idea that a clients tells a firewall what to do in the first place? So I had to 3 options

  • Buy a VDSL router like FRITZ!Box 3390, which is also a home router where I don’t like the configuration methods and feature set
  • Buy a VDSL modem/bridge like Vigor130, and connect via a real router over pppoe. But the system is not on the A1 Telekom vectoring devices whitelist. No change for vectoring than ….
  • Get the TG588 to play only modem and let my real router to do pppoe tunnel.

As you most likely already guested I opt for the last one. This howto shows you how to configure the TG588 as modem and an Mikrotik router as router (could be any other devices that supports pppoe in client mode). I was not that easy to gather all this information and so it maybe helps others to save time.

First lets connect the TG588 to the telephone line and the Mikrotik with one interface (in my case ether0) to it. Let everything boot up and connect your PC to the Mikrotik clients ports (in the default config). Log into the Mikrotik and configure the interface to the modem like this:

/interface ethernet set [ find default-name=ether1 ] name=ether1vlanTransitModem
/ip address add address= interface=ether1vlanTransitModem network=
/ip firewall nat add action=masquerade chain=srcnat comment="nat the traffic to the dsl modem web interface, only activate when needed" out-interface=ether1vlanTransitModem

This gives the interface a nice name, sets the IP address of that uplink interface and configures the router to perform an source NAT, so you’re able to configure the modem even if you’re behind the Mikrotik router.Make sure that there is not DHCP Client running on the Mikrotik (specially on the ether0 interface)

Now log into your TG588 by going to  Your default user has not the rights to change anything – so we need to change to an other default created user, with higher privileges. Click on the “admin” username:


Choose “change to other user”:


Provide following user data (worked at the time of writing, may got changed)

User: Telek0m

Password: Austria!Eur0


Now your user should have changed to following:


After that you will have more options to select from. Click onto “A1 WLAN Box” followed by “Configuration” and then choose “reconfigure A1 WLAN Box”


On the following page you need to select “single user” mode and click on reconfigure


Now you’re done with the TG588 – after rebooting it should be fine. Now you need only following two pages on the TG588 – the rest is done by the Mikrotik router

First the event log, here you can check if something does not work:


And following page shows you the speed you’re connected with the provider network


The easy part

Now after all that clicking the Mikrotik part is easy:

/interface pppoe-client add add-default-route=yes disabled=no interface=ether1vlanTransitModem max-mru=1492 max-mtu=1492 mrru=disabled name=pppoeDslInternet password=XXXXXXXX use-peer-dns=no/yes user=XXXXXX

Replace XXXX with the data you got from A1 Telekom.

Now you’re internet connection should be up … test it with


after that we only need some Firewall rules move the client traffic correctly to and from the Internet.

/ip firewall mangle add action=change-mss chain=forward comment="max MTU size for pppoe 1492" new-mss=1452 out-interface=pppoeDslInternet protocol=tcp tcp-flags=syn tcp-mss=!0-1452
/ip firewall nat add action=masquerade chain=srcnat comment="nat all traffic which goes over dsl into the internet" out-interface=pppoeDslInternet

Now you’re done. Hope this helped.


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  1. Thanks, I wanted to do kinda same. I got a mikrotik router from my boss (routerboard 2011*) and thought it could handle the modem part as well. I would like to use it as self-surveillance system and as part of my quantified self movement to track myself and to get a better awareness about my data online. I’ll hook up with you about my idea (to use mitmdump) on LUGT this week! =)

    PS: I guess the reason they use UPnP by default is to make sure gamers can play online without the need to manually configure every port for every game itself again and again.

    Comment by manu — November 6, 2015 #

  2. Hi, any idea to change VLAN ID in technicolor tg588v ? my ISP require to set ” User-Vlan: 2 ” ???


    Comment by actrn — August 8, 2016 #

  3. I don’t understand the problem. If your provider tg588v uses vlan2, you can configure that on the Mikrotik to reflect the setting.

    Comment by robert — August 8, 2016 #

  4. hi robert,

    thank you for posting the instruction on how to set the A1 VDSL modem to “Singe User” mode. i already have an ERL running but i am unable to get my A1 TV mediabox running through the ERL.

    just wanted to check if you have any info over the multicast ips from AI.

    thank you!

    Comment by mark — August 16, 2016 #

  5. No, I don’t have a mediabox … TV via satellite is much cheaper and stable.

    Comment by robert — August 17, 2016 #

  6. Hi robert

    this is exactly what i need. i have mikrotik router and what to have public IP on it. I tried your tutorial but the password you provided did not work.
    can you give me some advice ? thanks

    Comment by tomas — October 28, 2016 #

  7. Which firmware are you running on which router?

    Comment by robert — November 8, 2016 #

  8. Hi Robert

    sorry for late response, password you provided was good. i made something wrong 🙂
    do you have a problem that A1 disconnected your connection two times a day ?

    Comment by tomas — February 23, 2017 #

  9. no problem with disconnects, I don’t know which firmware version is installed, need to check that at home.

    Comment by robert — February 23, 2017 #

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