WGA600n as Ethernet cable substitute?

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by TheBlackDragon7, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. TheBlackDragon7

    TheBlackDragon7 Networkin' Nut Member

    Hi I just joined here, and I have an interesting problem. I've done my research on using the WGA600n connected to a switch to enable connecting more than one device to the WGA600n, but the problem I keep running into is IP address conflicts and lack of connections. Right now my setup is as follows:
    --- = wired, ))) = wireless

    Internet --- 2Wire (ATT U-verse) ))) WGA600n --- Airport Extreme --- PC, MacBook Pro, and XBOX 360

    The Airport Extreme is in bridge mode, so the 2Wire AP is handling all the DHCP stuff. Also, the AEBS is in 5ghz only, while everything else is in 2.4ghz b/g (so no conflicts being so close together). The setup seemed to be working fine when I omitted the WGA600n (and I also was originally trying a TEW-647ga) and had an ethernet cable instead. However, my room is now far enough away to make a wired connection improbable.
    Another thing to note is when I reset the connection on the WGA600n, and look at the connected devices on the 2Wire web interface, it sees the AEBS, my mac, and the PC, but then they disappear after a couple minutes, while retaining the internet connection.
    Is there any way to do this? I'm OK at networking stuff, not a total noob, but I don't understand EVERYthing about this stuff.

    Thanks in advance for any help!
  2. TheBlackDragon7

    TheBlackDragon7 Networkin' Nut Member

    Alright, so I think I found a solution! Instead of having my AEBS act as a bridge, I set its connection sharing from "Off (Bridged)" to "Share a public IP address". This caused a minor problem with the ATT U-verse 2Wire AP, as I had "router behind router detection" on, but I disabled that for this device, I might have to turn it off completely since there's DHCP, but we'll see. The AEBS was also blinking orange, because it detected Double NAT; I set it to ignore this problem. then to address the issue of IP conflicts, under DHCP I set the DHCP Beginning address to "". So far, all 3 of my devices are connected to the internet! I'll post back if there are any issues.

    Just curious though, if anyone knows why this is working, and why I have to ignore those errors (and if that's an ok thing to do), please let me know!
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