Using tomato to create a 2nd wifi network in France, remotely supported!

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by bingobob, May 19, 2009.

  1. bingobob

    bingobob Addicted to LI Member

    I’m hoping tomato can help me out – I’ve got a spare tomato WRT54G and I have a “simple†job for it, but I want to run it by people here – hopefully they can tell me if my plan will work. There’s one important thing here, I’m not going to be there to do this install – it’ll be my Mum doing it and therefore I’m trying to get the thing configured as much as possible in advance so that it’s plug and play rather than plug and pray as the old joke goes.

    OK the situation is this. In France a neighbour of ours currently has a Wannadont ADSL livebox installed. All working as it’s meant to, it has some voip phone connected to it. In a word it’s awful – it’s locked down to a huge degree and if you want to “pair†a new wifi device to it you have to physically press a button on the back which gives you a “window†to pair the device. We wish to share this connection with the neighbour, with his full permission I should add. We can’t have this situation with this manual intervention to join the network, we just want a regular wifi network to join with NO mac filtering and some security password. This is the plan as it has to be as simple as possible, I’m not going to be there to set it up or support it.

    Therefore plan is as follows.

    Leave the Livebox on (doing whatever it’s doing now, DHCP etc)

    Put my Tomato on and connect a short Ethernet cable from a Tomato Ethernet Port to a spare Livebox (IMPORTANT – Which Ethernet port do I use on the Tomato? on the Livebox I presume they’ll only be one choice as the WAN port is infact the adsl connection).

    I plan to have wifi active on the Tomato but the DHCP server inactive, hoping that this will maen that any clients connected to the Tomato via wifu will get an IP from the Livebox and we’re golden.

    I appreciate there are many ways to do what I’m trying to do (including wifi bridging) but as I’m not going to be there I need to try something that’s easyish, stands a chance of working and is easily and fully reversible. This way I can try and configure the box ship it out with a password printed on it and ask the neighbour to plug it in and we can try it!

    Will my plan work?
  2. bingobob

    bingobob Addicted to LI Member

    Well, I’m now testing this at home with some success! Although not complete. At home I have a netgear ADSL wifi router (the gateway to the internet), and the WRT connected to it (LAN port to LAN port).

    Setup as follows,
    Gateway = (dhcp on, wifi on, essid “ONEâ€)
    WRT (tomato) = (default gateway and DNS set to, dhcp off, wan port off, wifi on (essid “TWOâ€)

    So my test is that if I connect to essid TWO I should get an IP from the gateway.

    Strange – works fine on my iPhone, but my Mac refuses to cooperate (gives me a 169 address).

    What gives? Want to understand it and get it working perfectly at home.
  3. bingobob

    bingobob Addicted to LI Member

    Anyone ? Cry for help this, I need to send the router to France tomorrow ?

  4. pfoomer

    pfoomer LI Guru Member

    System Preferences, Network, select interface (ethernet, airport), TCP/IP, renew dhcp lease

    Have you tried that?
  5. bingobob

    bingobob Addicted to LI Member

    thanks, tried that many times but i still kept getting a 169 address..

    but then i did it, guess what i need to do ...

    yes you;ve guessed it, reboot al routers and the computers, worked.

    guess the config is not that difficult after all.

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