Interesting Network setup (BEFVP41 V2)

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by sirsquishy, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. sirsquishy

    sirsquishy LI Guru Member

    I have 2 BEFVP41 V2 routers, and I would like to use them as a "bridge" for QoS. Does anyone know if this is possible?

    This is my Simple Network Diag..

    WRT41 ( PoS router, will be replaced soon )
    | |
    BEFVP41/Swtiched BEFVP41/Switched
    | |
    WAP/Guest Connections Secure Connections/Servers

    What I would Like to do is hook up the Wan ports on those BEF routers and enable QOS, and a few other services in the router with out having to use NAT. Now, my network is a simple Class B ( ) network and I don't want to segregate Router 1 from Router 2 as the traffic between A and B needs to talk to each other, and my Grand plan is to put a Linux firewall where the WRT crap is so I can setup Firewall rules accordingly...ect, anyway.....

    How should I got about the setup with the BEF routers, I do have Gateway/Bridge mode as an option, but I cannot seem to get the bridge mode to work as I would expect as you could with typical Cisco Router. Or should I put Router A on a different Lan then Router B and route between the WRT and the 2 Befs ( kind complex for such a simple setup, IMO ).

    Anyway, any feed back is appricated.
  2. sirsquishy

    sirsquishy LI Guru Member

    Bump, Looking for answers :)
  3. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Well the only way to turn off nat is to turn the BEF into a router via route mode vs gateway mode. I am not sure that is a feature in that device but it is in all of the W series that i own. If you are able, you then will need to either turn on a routing protocol or make sure you have static routes in all devices that need to talk to one another. There is also other trickyness that needs to be looked at but before we get into that lets make sure your device can work just as a router.

    The only other way to get around nat is to just use the device as a switch, turn off dhcp and dont use the wan port. Looking at your diagram i suppose you could use one device as a gateway and the other as a switch to meet your needs depending on what you want your overall setup to do. Can the WRT be put into a bridged mode and then let one of the BEF's control the internet connection?
  4. sirsquishy

    sirsquishy LI Guru Member

    Well, Currently both the BEF devices are swtiches. What I want to do i use the WAN port and enable QoS on the 4 Lan ports :)

    I can route, As i had it going from a 192.168.1 to a 192.168.16 network, but only with NAT enabled. with nat gone it wouldnt send the packets.

    Im thinking these things dont work well as traditional routers, but more as a gateway more then anything.

    I wish i could turn off routing and throw the damn thing into transparent mode :)
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