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# 143032 1-Apr-2014 17:24
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Hi everyone! This is my first post here in Geekzone so I hope I can articulate what it is I need some help with!

I recently purchased a Mac Mini to run as a server for a future new business and also to learn about Macs and running a server in general. I also purchased a Airport Time Capsule from a convenience point of view as the sever app automatically configures port settings in the router as I intend to run VPN and other services from the server. 

I connected all the new devices up and then began a learning curve into routers, modems etc!!!

I needed to configure the linksys to be just a modem and not a router, then set up the ATC (Airport Time Machine) as the router.

After some time studying the Linksys setup I decided that I needed to change the DHCP settings to disabled, and also tried the setting on DHCP relay.
Neither worked and after some more research I discovered that the Linksys on my ADSL+ connection is set to PPPoA when the ATC needs PPPoE. 

Please tell me I am right or is it still possible to use the Linksys WAG120N???

I can see a solution in using a Dray Tek Vigor120 as it has a PPPoA to PPPoE bridge. 

Other options are to upgrade to a VDSL connection if I have to buy another modem, fibre would be preferred but the fibre cable stopped 3 houses down the street!!! 

Buying a modem that can also be used with fibre would be a good idea, but the options I see out there include routers and WiFi, something I do not need to replicate.
I have had a look at Fritzbox and Zyxel VMG8324 but unsure if they are able to allow the ATC to be the router. 

Just in case this is needed, we have a Mac mini, 2 soon to be 3 PC's, Xbox and TV on the network, plus 3 laptops, ipads, and phones using the wifi. 

Any suggestions would be welcome and thanks for considering answering my questions.  

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  # 1016701 1-Apr-2014 18:01
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Hi Franklinopdenbuysch and welcome to Geekzone!

What you are wanting to do is a pretty standard setup. You need a modem that can be put into bridge mode. In laymans terms this means that it takes the connection to your ISP and sends it straight to the Time Machine which will handle DHCP, wireless, etc. I don't know if the Linksys modem you've mentioned can be put into bridge mode, but definitely the Vigor 120 can as that's exactly what I was using before we got fibre at our place.

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  # 1016802 1-Apr-2014 20:42
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Just be aware that while you will be able to achieve the setup you desire with ADSL 2+, it probably would not work with VDSL or fibre, as the Airport devices cannot perform VLAN tagging which is definitely required with UFB, and I think also with VDSL. We use an Airport Time Capsule at home with UFB, but I have to run it in bridge mode, and allow the Telecom supplied modem/router to do the NAT and DHCP, due to its inability to handle VLAN tags.


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  # 1016819 1-Apr-2014 21:21
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as the Airport devices cannot perform VLAN tagging

The DSL modem can do the VLAN tag =)

Edit: And for a straight Ethernet connection like UFB you could use a little Mikrotik do tag the VLAN for you.

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