Using WRT54GL with BT Homehub ?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by alexjholland, Jun 7, 2009.

  1. alexjholland

    alexjholland Addicted to LI Member


    I purchased a Linksys WRT54GL and flashed it with Tomato firmware, which has worked reasonably well at uni with our Virgin modem.

    I've just arrived home and naturally want to get my 360 and PC set up and working. I expected it to plug in to my HomeHub 2.0 and work straight away, but this is not the case.

    I called up BT and got put through to an Indian call center, who said I should use PPPOA - which the Linksys does not seem to support.

    I then Googled around and found a post from someone who had the exact same problem (which he never resolved) and he was told to use DHCP - but to turn the DHCP server off.

    I have done this and tried it with the cable from the homehub plugged into both the 'internet in' slot on the Linksys, AND a normal LAN slot. Neither worked.

    I use different IPs to log into my Linksys ( and BT HomeHub (

    - I could log into my Linksys from my desktop PC, as it was connected to it, but not my HomeHub. Now (for reasons unknown) I can not even log into my Linksys! I have pressed reset several times, but I can still not log in - the page for the router info simply doesn't load!

    - I can log into my HomeHub from my Laptop, as it is wireless, but obviously not Linksys.

    Why does this have to be so complicated?!

    I really would appreciate some help sorting this out ASAP - I'm pretty good on PCs, but a bit of a networking noob. So if you could make the instructions reasonably easy to understand it would be appreciated.

    Many Thanks,

  2. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    Classic clueless helpdesk. The WRT54GL is an Ethernet Router, only an ADSL router with a phone port can do PPPoA. I assume you must use the ISP provided router - it also has voice functions?

    You should be able to get both to work, in "double NAT" mode using the WAN port, or "Access point" mode using LAN, or even "Wireless Client" mode with wireless connection to the BT homehub

    For double NAT mode using the WAN port you must use a different sub network for example

    What are you trying to achieve using both routers? Expect port forward problems in "double NAT" mode. Access point mode can be used to add extra wireless channels better range etc, still using the main adsl router as the main gateway dhcp etc.

    There are some guides here
  3. alexjholland

    alexjholland Addicted to LI Member

    The Home Hub is up in the house - I have a long ethernet cable that runs from it, down to my bedroom (garage conversion) and into the Linksys.

    I can get wireless from the house, I only need the wired connection in my room to work for 360 and PC.

    I have been following instructions to set it up using only the LAN ports (not the WAN input on the Linksys), disabling the DHCP server on the Linksys and so forth.

    I really am stuck, I'm pretty new to networking - but here is my Linksys page.

  4. pfoomer

    pfoomer LI Guru Member

    It can be done

    Running from the Linksys router to the another (in your case BT hub) does work,
    as I have done it.

    The WAN facing router provides the DHCP in the 192.168.100.* range, the LAN facing router provides the DHCP for the LAN range 192.168.1.*

    The WAN router is running PPOA successfully (but not on BT's network)

    The interconnect from the Linksys is the WAN port to any LAN port on the other router and then onto the ADSL

    As I dont port forward I cannot comment on that aspect.

    Hope this helps
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