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Topic # 123405 6-Jul-2013 12:42
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I'm trying to extend my network, and I've got two routers:
1. Thomson TG585v7 with firmware 7.4.2.7
2. NetComm NB304N-NZ with firmware GAN5.CZ56T-B-NC.NZ-R1B013.EN

I've currently got the NetComm as the primary (ADSL connection) and the Thomson as a remote router to stretch the network. 

It's not working after trying all sorts of guides and advice, and I've got a few questions: 

1. I've tried updating the Thomson firmware - but none of the available v7 firmwares are successfully flashed. Not necessarily a biggie, but has this problem been seen before? And advice? I was hoping that a firmware upgrade might offer more configuration options.

2. From what I understand, it is the second router, the Thomson, that I need to configure as a bridge.... not the NetComm. Is this correct? 

3. Given that this Thomson is pain in the neck, (I know, but it's all I've got right now), maybe I should just put the Thomson as the primary with the ADSL connection, and then setup the NetComm as a bridge as in this guide here: http://www.netcomm.com.au/sm/videos/nb304n/nb304n-bridge-setup-guide. Anything to suggest I'm wasting my time? 
 
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  Reply # 850082 6-Jul-2013 13:08
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You might want to explain what you're actually trying to do.

If you're merely wanting a 2nd WiFi AP you simply need to disable DHCP on the Thomson and plug into the LAN port. Set the SSID the same but ensure you use a different channel, remembering 1 6 and 11 are the 3 usable WiFi channels.

I don't understand why you'd want a bridge setup or how that would be of any benefit to you.

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  Reply # 850083 6-Jul-2013 13:09
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Explain what you actually mean by "trying to extend".




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  Reply # 850087 6-Jul-2013 13:33
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I'm trying to create a second wireless access point. The second router (Thomson) is hard wired to primary router.

I thought I had tried the straight disable dhcp and connect, without success... I've tried a factory reset and done it again and it appears to be working.

I thought this type of connection is what a bridge is. Obviously not...?

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  Reply # 850103 6-Jul-2013 13:46
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No a bridge is something that keeps track of what mac addresses are on each port on it and only pass traffic for the other end. A wireless bridge connects 2 networks together without wires and only passes traffic that needs to go to the other end of a bridge. An ethernet switch is basically a bridge with heaps of ports on it etc.




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