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Possible to use a WAN port as LAN port?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by likewhoa, Feb 5, 2007.

  1. likewhoa

    likewhoa LI Guru Member

    I have a Linksys WRT45GS V. 6, and I am wondering if it is possible to use the WAN port as another LAN port? Thanks.
     
  2. orangekay

    orangekay LI Guru Member

    No. Go buy a $10 switch if you need more ports.
     
  3. eric_stewart

    eric_stewart Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Yes, but only with 3rd party firmware such as DD-WRT (www.dd-wrt.com). Make sure that if you decide to go this route to follow all documentation since the WRT54GS v6 requires "special handling".

    DD-WRT is excellent code. So is Tomato, Thibor and HyperWRT. There are others. Surf around this site for some ideas.

    /Eric
     
  4. likewhoa

    likewhoa LI Guru Member

    Sorry to be a noob, but I read about flashing the firmware and everymade made sense and I understood it, but I couldn't figure out what firmware worked on the V. 6. If someone could point me in the right direction it would be great.
     
  5. likewhoa

    likewhoa LI Guru Member

    So I successfully got DD-WRT on my router, and followed a guide in the DDWRT Wiki on turning the WAN port into a LAN port, but when a computuer is connected via the WAN, they do not get issued an ip and therefore are not on our network. Anyone know how to get this working?
     
  6. lordashley

    lordashley LI Guru Member

    try giving that computer a static ip... cheers
     
  7. likewhoa

    likewhoa LI Guru Member

    So i got it working, what I did was set a manual ip for the WAN port computer, and then there is a setting in basic setting called "Use WAN as Switch" and that needed to be ticked for it to be used. Someone might want to update the wiki with more recent instructions...
     

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