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How to link two tomato routers?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by rajil_s, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. rajil_s

    rajil_s Addicted to LI Member


    I have a WRT54GL router running tomato which is connected to the cable modem. Unfortunately, all the ethernet ports on the router are in use. I have a second router running tomato which I would like to connect to the first one, so that I can make use of 8 ethernet ports. Any idea what settings should i give to the second router?

  2. mikester

    mikester Network Guru Member

    You will have to connect the two routers via LAN ports. You can also go wireless by enabling WDS - however you will get a speed hit. If you want better LAN performance buy a gigabit switch (8/12/16/24 ports) and use the Tomato as the firewall.
  3. rajil_s

    rajil_s Addicted to LI Member

    I will stick to ethernet. But what do you mean by Lan ports. Should i connect any two ports on the routers. Or do i need to connection a Lan port of the first router to the Internet port of the second router. Basically, I want the second router as an extension of the first router. I dont need wireless on the second router.

    PS: the routers are sitting side by side.
  4. gregg098

    gregg098 LI Guru Member

    On the second router, goto the basic settings tab, disable wan, set the ip to an ip in the range of the first router ( will work with default settings), set default gateway and dns to the main router's ip ( Also uncheck DHCP server. Then goto advanced, routing, and set the mode to router.

    Just use any cat 5 cable, LAN port to LAN port. DO NOT use the internet port on the second router. Consider it unusable now. There is a way to make this a normal LAN port, so just search the FAQ if you're interested.

    I have 3 routers and this is how all of them are set up.
  5. nlyonssmith

    nlyonssmith Addicted to LI Member

    I have tried this using a Logitech Play-Link as the connection between the LAN ports. The internet is shared just fine but I cannot ping the router or any of the devices that are connected to it. I also cannot stream music from my laptop (wireless connected to 1st router) to my xbox360 (wired connected to 2nd router).

    Very frustrating but at least I got the internet shared.

    edit: The main router is running dd-wrt micro. Under the status page it shows me the ip for both the other router and the xbox connected to the other router. Will I be able to ping them and connect to them to share my music? Thank you.

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