Network Set-up Help! - Way more than I can handle.

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Badster, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. Badster

    Badster Addicted to LI Member

    I was asked to setup a home network for my parents, with the basic outline below. I am a newbie and am in way over my head. I would very much appreciate some advice/help please.


    I wanted to have the first WRT54GL hosting a VPN and have every other device that conects to that router (lan or wifi) or any device connected to the secondary router (lan or wifi) able to use the VPN for internet access. The WAG modem/router, I just want as the adsl modem.

    The VPN is not the issue.The basic network setup and modem/various router settings are very much the problem. I dont know what I am doing when it comes to DHCP, server, bypass, WAN, etc etc settings. The powerline connection is needed as the house is made of concrete and steel etc, negating any chance of a repeater bridge etc.

    Please help, the only people who know less about this than me are my folks!
  2. ntest7

    ntest7 Network Guru Member

    Disable DHCP on the WiFi boxes; there should only be one DHCP server on the network.
    Set the WAN port to "disable"; this is all LAN.
    Plug the ethernet cable into the one of the LAN ports; the "internet" port will be unused. (well, in some versions setting WAN to "disabled" adds the "internet" port to the LAN, but keep it simple).
  3. anik

    anik Addicted to LI Member

    Not to try and talk you out of what you are doing (especially if you already have the equipment), but I don't really understand why you need a VPN at all in this situation. If the properties are adjacent and you can dig a trench between the two, this is the approach I might use:


    The only problem you may run into is finding a 200m fiber cable - 100m aren't that hard to come by, but 200m might be something you'd have to have specially made. The thing is that it would be pretty much future-proof (for a while, anyway), since that kind of link will handle gigabit speeds. Just a thought if you want a reliable alternative to Wi-Fi and the properties are adjacent.
  4. Badster

    Badster Addicted to LI Member

    Hi guys. Just wanted to say thank you for the replies, much appreciated.

    ntest7 your advice got the job done regarding, DHCP server etc, turned out I needed to define the default gateway on the routers.

    Anik, the VPN is to circumvent a national Chinese style proxy and I should have been clearer regrading the homeplug/powerline connection. 200M meaning 200 megs per sec. The actual run is relatively short and am very pleased that it works.

    Thanks again guys, you saved an awfult lot of head scratching.
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