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Tomato as a simple switch?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Jeff Cold, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. Jeff Cold

    Jeff Cold Reformed Router Member

    I have a main tomato router as I have a small rack of servers to play with and another tomato router that I want to use as a simple switch, no wireless. So I disable the WAN and use the WAN port as the LAN. I set the switch to, disable the wireless. Nothing works. can't ping

    The only thing that worked sort was to set the WAN port to Static and and gateway to Now the switch can ping, but none of the machines plugged into the switch get DNS name resolution. The switch has google dns as a static dns address.

    Do I have to setup port forwarding in the switch?
  2. Almaz

    Almaz Serious Server Member

    Tomato GUI -> Advanced -> Routing then switch Mode to Router
    Tomato GUI -> Advanced -> DHCP/DNS -> uncheck Use Internal DNS
    Optional -> disable firewall
  3. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    IMO better solution:
    1) basic -> WAN -> disable (optional: bridge WAN to LAN). When WAN is disabled, then NAT features will turned off.
    2) set LAN ip manually to subnet 192.168.1.x, set gateway as and set dns server(s)
    3) disable DHCP server for br0

    Best Regards.
    Marcel Tunks likes this.
  4. Jeff Cold

    Jeff Cold Reformed Router Member

    Thank you. I tried both solutions. still cannot ping the gateway and neither can anything connected to it.
  5. Jeff Cold

    Jeff Cold Reformed Router Member

    Oops. More investigation revealed a bad patch chord to the switch. Doh! Working now.

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