Anyone having luck using another router with the WCG200?

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by charlesborner, Dec 30, 2005.

  1. charlesborner

    charlesborner Network Guru Member

    I know, it's kinda dumb to be using another router since there's on already built in. But the built-in one is so DAMN limited!

    Just wondering if anyone else is using another router (Linksys or otherwise) with this device. And if they have any pointers.
  2. booly

    booly Network Guru Member

    Yes you can. Put the WCG2000 in "bridge mode" to make it act like a simple modem. Then you can use a router
  3. charlesborner

    charlesborner Network Guru Member

    Okay, here's, more or less my brief experience with moving over to another router and just leaving the cablemodem functioning.

    1: Pre-configured the 3rd-party router and my WAP54G (which will be replacing the built-in wireless, since the built-in doesn't do WPA).
    2: Turned off DHCP on the WCG200
    3: Turned off wireless on the WCG200
    4: Turned off the routing and NAT functionality.
    5: Powered the modem, router, AP, and machines down (on WinXP and 2K machines, technically you can just "ipconfig /release | ipconfig /renew")
    6: Hooked everything together.
    7: Fired up the modem. Waited for the Internet light to go solid.
    8: Fired up the router. Waited for steady activity on the WAN port.
    9: Fired up the AP and the machines.

    Result: No net....

    Turns out that, at least for me, the WCG200 wants the 3rd party router on Ethernet port 1.

    Once I moved it over. Boom. Internet connection.

    When I get some time, I'll do some bandwidth comparisons between:

    Modem in modem-only mode.
    Modem in router mode
    Modem with 3rd party router.

    So far, about all I've noticed is a little extra latency. Nothing horrendous. Just slightly higher than before and only noticeable if you're looking for it.

    Also, I'd like to note that Linksys tech support is less than helpful.

    I called and asked about using a secondary router and using the WCG200 in modem-only mode. The guy on the other end tried telling me that you couldn't do that. When I asked him to verify this, since the documentation says SPECIFICALLY that you can, he broke down and admitted you could.

    My real reason for calling was to make sure that I could connect the router to the modem on any port, or if I needed a specific port. I was told that I could connect on any port.

    At least, in my situation, it was LIES! ALL LIES!

  4. booly

    booly Network Guru Member

    Question ?

    WAP54G is an acces point, not a router. SO I think that you must keep the NAT routing enabled on the WCG2000 if you want to use your WAP54G.

    When you talk about router, I think about WRT or similar product
  5. charlesborner

    charlesborner Network Guru Member

    No. I'm using the WAP54G as an AP. I have a D-Link DI-808HV router.
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