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  #2521991 13-Jul-2020 12:20
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So just on the vlan tag, if you are using the Voda router then that will be removing the tag, I dont understand why you want to keep the Voda router in the mix, the base unit can connect directly to the ONT with vlan10 on and IPoE(DHCP). having both routers will create a double NAT, which is not ideal

 

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  #2521992 13-Jul-2020 12:22
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cyril7:

 

So just on the vlan tag, if you are using the Voda router then that will be removing the tag, I dont understand why you want to keep the Voda router in the mix, the base unit can connect directly to the ONT with vlan10 on and IPoE(DHCP). having both routers will create a double NAT, which is not ideal

 

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The OP clarified later the Vodafone box was not in the mix anymore.





 

 

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  #2522040 13-Jul-2020 12:42
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cyril7:

 

So just on the vlan tag, if you are using the Voda router then that will be removing the tag, I dont understand why you want to keep the Voda router in the mix, the base unit can connect directly to the ONT with vlan10 on and IPoE(DHCP). having both routers will create a double NAT, which is not ideal

 

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The OP clarified later the Vodafone box was not in the mix anymore.

 

 

 

 

I think actually you may have found the issue. I turned off the wifi in settings not disconnected totally the Vodafone Router from the network. You would totally remove it? So my answer should have been to Freitasm I turned off wifi not turned off the router :(


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  #2522042 13-Jul-2020 12:44
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So just confirming you're wiring satellite to base "direct". Going via patch panel and in-wall sockets is fine, but you're not going router --> switch --> satellites?

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  #2522044 13-Jul-2020 12:46
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Quinny:

I think actually you may have found the issue. I turned off the wifi in settings not disconnected totally the Vodafone Router from the network. You would totally remove it? So my answer should have been to Freitasm I turned off wifi not turned off the router :(



Yes this will absolutely be the problem. Remove the VF router. Ont - > huawei base - > huawei satellites.

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  #2522046 13-Jul-2020 12:46
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So yes totally remove the voda router. If I also read correct, it seems you cannot backhaul via ethernet, it will only work via PLC (eeewww) or Wireless, what a piece of cr@p

 

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  #2522048 13-Jul-2020 12:48
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The product description advertises ethernet backhaul. If that actually doesn't work (per freitasm's contact) you'd absolutely have grounds to return it.

 
 
 
 


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  #2522051 13-Jul-2020 12:49
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So I'm not familiar with this system but something I have noticed from all the other mesh platforms I have tested is if you are using them in wifi mode (not gateway) you only ever connect the primary unit to the gateway router. If you want to Ethernet attach the slave mesh units you connect their "WAN" to the primary mesh units "LAN" ports. Never try and connect the slave units directly to the gateway router as you end up with effective layer2 loops between the lan and wifi. Also, once this is working most platforms have the ability to switch modes from route to bridge, this solves the undesirable double nat mode that they all seem to do by default.


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  #2522053 13-Jul-2020 12:52
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1. Remove the Vodafone box completely from the network. It doesn't need to exist if the Point A box is the router now. DHCP confusion, loops, etc.

 

2. As above but since this system doesn't work in bridge mode then you wouldn't even have the satellites connected to the old router - there is no old router. Remove from power, unplug from network.

 

I was told about the ethernet connection being supported but wireless still trying to connect. I would give it a try with ethernet anyway - once the old router is removed.   





 

 

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  #2522080 13-Jul-2020 13:28
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2. As above but since this system doesn't work in bridge mode then you wouldn't even have the satellites connected to the old router - there is no old router. Remove from power, unplug from network.

 

 

Yep, likely these units can be your gateway router and you can decommission the ISP supplied router. Less devices = less to go wrong.

 

 




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Thank you so much everyone who helped. Removed voda router, moved base to the garage next to ONT and cabled via ONT direct moving the two gigabit switches to ports on the Huawei Q2. Re-added the 2 additional base units (kept as ethernet plugged into wan ports on them) and wham everything working perfectly. It had moved me from 192.168.1.X on everything to 192.168.3.X but simple reboots look to be fixing.

 

 


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  #2522390 13-Jul-2020 18:30
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Good result!





 

 

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  #2522476 13-Jul-2020 20:40
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Good result surely the next refinement is to move the main router to where it provides wireless service, it will need to be a location with two data connections one to ship the wan from the ont, the other to return the lan to a switch in the central cabinet so you can on feed it to other outlets and the satellite units.

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  #2522484 13-Jul-2020 21:29
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Great result.

 

Keep the old vodafone router though. VF helpdesk isn't likely to be able to provide support or trouble shoot any issues with the connection on non-supported hardware so it is worthwhile having one on hand to re-deploy if necessary.


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