Need static route to connect to my ADSL modem

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by kyphos, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. kyphos

    kyphos Networkin' Nut Member

    I have a WRT54GL, running Jon's original Tomato firmware. The WAN port is connected to a little Zhone ADSL modem, (configured in bridge mode), and thence to my ISP. I'd like to be able to log in to the modem to check the ADSL line stats and logs. Even though it's in bridge mode, the modem's built-in web/admin server responds on However, I can't reach it from the WRT54GL LAN, since the Tomato firmware routes that address out over the PPPoE connection to my ISP.

    I'm trying to figure out how to configure a static route that will direct packets to out through the physical WAN port and not to the default gateway. I've tried doing this by adding an entry in the Static Routing Table (under Advanced/Routing), but I can't find a way to specify the WAN interface. And Tomato complains that the Gateway IP is wrong (since I don't enter anything there).

    I've concluded I need to telnet in to Tomato and add a route manually. Since I only want to route to a particular host, I think I need to specify But the ROUTE command is far beyond my comprehension. Can someone shed some light on how to set this up.

    Many thanks.
  2. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Try to upgrade your firmware, because nowadays Tomato has the routing built into the GUI. There are many many other changes you will like too, better QOS, better client monitoring, etc.
  3. kyphos

    kyphos Networkin' Nut Member

    Hi Toastman,
    I did consider upgrading the WRT54GL, but there are so many different versions (yours, Shibby, Victek, K24, K26, USB, VPN, etc etc), I gave up trying to figure out which was best to use. If you can point me at the 'right' one, I'd appreciate it. I don't need VPN or VLAN or captive hotspot or other advanced features. Just a stable plain-vanilla replacement for Jon's original firmware.

    But you'll be pleased to know I'm using Tomato Firmware v1.28.0497 MIPSR2-Toastman-RT-N K26 USB VPN on a Netgear 3500L at another location, and it's great. I discovered the 'routing-to-modem' feature there, which is what made me think of trying to duplicate the same functionality manually on the Linky.


  4. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

  5. kyphos

    kyphos Networkin' Nut Member

    Toastman - thanks for the pointer to your How2 article "Accessing bridged modem via the router".
    Not just since it provided the recipe, but because it taught me what I was doing wrong. I had overlooked the need to assign an address to the WAN port on the router. In retrospect, it makes perfect sense, but I had overlooked that detail.

    Regardless, I am going to upgrade my WRT54GL to your recommended build.

    Best regards, and thanks for all your efforts, not just advancing the state of the art with your router firmware, but for taking the time to monitor and respond to these boards.

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