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Dual WAN router

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Bling-Bling, Mar 24, 2005.

  1. Bling-Bling

    Bling-Bling Network Guru Member

    Are there any firmware hacks out there where one can turn one of the LAN ports into a second WAN input? I know there is a lot more than just switching a type, ie Load Balancing and changing every exising interface just to start. However, I don't put that past some of you out there. There are a lot of people that seem more than capable.

    I recently bought the Hawking H2BR4 dual WAN router.
    http://www.hawkingtech.com/prodSpec.php?ProdID=219
    It is severely lacking and even doing simple things like setting up a virtual server doesn't seem to work.
     
  2. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    im sure it is possible. it may just include running a second dhcpclient set to isten on a certain port although the load balancing wouldnt work because you would in effeect have 2 default gateways. and since you dont have the mlb package installed it wouldnt work right if at all.

    you will have to hook up wth someone who can recompile a new firmware bin including the mlb package. assuming that it will even be small enough to fit on the routers flash.

    you may have to opt for the GS model because of the larger ram and flash

    sorry i was talking linksys here. i dont know if your router is a hackable one or not. from what i understand it has 2 wans? from the info on it. it sounds like it is not a load balancer but just a redundancy/1/2 your hosts have 1gateway 1/2 have the other???

    this doesnt sound too good.

    go on ebay and look for 3com and cisco routers that have dual wan they load balance out of the box and most can be had for about the price you paid for that hawking...
     
  3. Bling-Bling

    Bling-Bling Network Guru Member

    I did get this little beast to function. It is load balanced. Each client uses the router as its default gateway. You can even set the percentage of traffic that each WAN line uses. Basically all that I wanted it for was to have 1 computer use the WAN line with the static IP address and all others use the second. I still may just get a second computer, use it as the webserver (static IP) and through two NICS in it. Other than the fact that my old Siemens router is only a Single WAN router, it functioned much better than this Hawking. Hawking has a potentially good product, but I would stay away from it until a huge firmware upgrade or an updated model came out.
     

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