Please, please help me

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by braz, Jul 14, 2005.

  1. braz

    braz Network Guru Member

    Someone please help me. I readily admit i am a novice computer user and the Linksys helpline has been utterly, utterly useless.

    I have a Linksys Broadband router with 2 phone ports (RT31P2-VD) and a Linksys Wireless-G broadband router (WRT54G). I want to set these up to work on the same computer (a Dell Dimension 4600C desktop). I need them both because i want wireless (for the other computer in my house, a Dell Inspiron 600m laptop) and the wireless router doesn't have any phone ports, but i need the phone ports because i have my telephone through my Dimension with Vonage.

    If anyone could please help it would be so appreciated. I am having abolutely no luck here.

  2. czeman

    czeman Network Guru Member

    I'm not sure I understand what you mean by " need the phone ports because i have my telephone through my Dimension with Vonage", but I'll assume the computer plays absolutely no role in your telephone connection as I explain what I have done.


    First, make your WRT54G your main router; connect your broadband modem to its WAN(Internet) port.

    Connect the WAN(Internet) port of the RT31P2-VD to one of the LAN ports on the WRT54G.

    Configure the WAN IP address of the RT31P2-VD as a Static IP Address. Most likely, you've stayed with the default address scheme of your routers, so set it up as follows:
    IP Address:
    Subnet Mask:
    Default Gateway:
    Primary DNS:
    Access the web administration for the WRT54G and go the the Applications & Gaming tab. You'll then find DMZ in the menu. Click on DMZ. Select Enable and enter a 2 in the IP Address text box. Click on Save Settings.


    I would plug your desktop computer into the WRT54G. You could use the second router for a network connection, but if you only have the one computer that needs to be physically connected to your network, connecting to your VoIP router wouldn't be the best thing to do.

    Now, unless I'm forgetting something, you should be able to place and receive calls on your VoIP phone, and have internet access on your computers.

    Good luck!
  3. TMAC

    TMAC Network Guru Member

    you can use your RT31P2-VD as your primary router then use the wrt54g as aswitch or just like a passtrough device... so that you will not open ports on the router...
  4. RTSAnime

    RTSAnime Network Guru Member

    I would reccomend using the router w/ phone ports as the main router, then disable DHCP on the WRT54G (a long with changing its ip to something like and connect one of the lan ports on the WRT to one of the lan ports of the router w/ phone ports.
  5. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    If you are using the WRT54G as an access point only. Do not connect the WRT54G through its WAN port and set it as a Router and nota a Gateway in advanced routing. Also disable the DHCP server on the WRT54G.
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