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Turn router into wired hub?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by jepherz, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. jepherz

    jepherz Networkin' Nut Member

    We are moving and have a new modem with built in router. My plan with the old tomato router is to use it upstairs as either a hub or if possible also turn it into an addition router with 5ghz N on only as to not disrupt the other 2.4ghz signal with another one. We bought these:TL-PA211KIT to get a wired connection upstairs.
    The plan is to connect the modem to a power outlet with this and then the plug the other one upstairs to the tomato router. Can I turn it into a hub like that? Are there any special configurations I'll have to try on the router to get this to happen?
  2. Toink

    Toink Network Guru Member

    I would still suggest that you let the tomato router do the routing to get the benefits of tomato features, (like QOS, bandwidth limiting, etc.), while setting that modem to bridge mode.

    However if you wish to proceed with your plans, just disable DHCP in your tomato router, set the WiFi in a different channel and use the same SSID and password, or use a different SSID and password altogether....
  3. jepherz

    jepherz Networkin' Nut Member

    Our concern with the router we are using right now (linksys e2000 and wrt610n) is that the range feels pretty weak and my brother complains that the connection for him sucks (I'm connected through ethernet). The new modem/router we bought doesn't have dual band which sucks, I'm hoping theres something we can do about it but the modem doesn't even have a WAN port, just 4 ports for ethernet. I'm hoping port 1 could be used as WAN or something...
  4. Toink

    Toink Network Guru Member

    It's not really unusual for all-in-one's (modem/wi-fi router) not having a WAN port. I have a Linksys WAG200G/WAG160Nv2 and I just set it to bridge mode and connect the WAN side of my E3000 to LAN1 of the WAG200G/WAG160Nv2 and everything works. Although I personally find these all-in-ones routers to be a hit and miss, I opted to use a simple modem + my Linksys routers to handle my internet connection.

    The range of my E3000, so far, has no issues because I placed it in the highest part of the house where the 2nd floor and the first floor gets optimum WiFi signal - of course my house's structure is obviously different from anyone here :)
  5. jepherz

    jepherz Networkin' Nut Member

    It's funny, I have no problem with the wrt610n (almost exact same as e3000) when I'm in the backyard which is just a little further past his room. He was the one that bought the modem/router combo without me knowing. There is a really good spot to put the e3000 at the new house upstairs on a cabinet area in the middle of the whole house and the middle of all the rooms, but theres no power outlet there... >.> Still didn't set up the modem yet, should be ready tonight though cause battle field 3 is out tomorrow :D I'll try setting up the router as a hub and dualband wireless in my room using the 2 power adapter things I mentioned in the first post.

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