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# 179193 30-Aug-2015 21:55
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I have a Thomson TG585 v8  wireless router DSL modem surplus after converting to fibre.  Can I use this to extend my home network?  I am thinking of putting the Thomson TG585 in my workshop to support a couple of PCs there with a wireless link to my new fibre router. 

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  # 1376693 30-Aug-2015 22:39
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If you can disable DHCP then I cant see a reason why not, Unfortunately I cant find the emulator I used to use for these so I cant say for sure.

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  # 1376694 30-Aug-2015 22:39
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No. It won't work as a bridge.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1376695 30-Aug-2015 22:44
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Now I'm confused by the initial question.

If you mean plug the devices to the TG585 then have that connect via wifi to the existing network then as sbiddle says it wont work, But if you want to connect it via Ethernet to the existing network then have devices connect to it via wifi then it should work if you can disable DHCP.



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  # 1376726 30-Aug-2015 23:03
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OK, thanks very much.  Seems I need to run a cable so I might as well use a switch that I have in the cupboard.

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  # 1376798 31-Aug-2015 07:44
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FWIW I used one of the telecom Thompson ADSL modems (TG582n) as an access point . Disabled DHCP and put it that the other end of my house so i could get a better signal down that end works like a champ. 

 

Just plugged a cable from my microtik through to one of the lan ports on the modem. It also gives me a few other ports down that end of the house too. I dont know about the TG585. 

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  # 1376805 31-Aug-2015 08:19
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darylblake: FWIW I used one of the telecom Thompson ADSL modems (TG582n) as an access point . Disabled DHCP and put it that the other end of my house so i could get a better signal down that end works like a champ.  Just plugged a cable from my microtik through to one of the lan ports on the modem. It also gives me a few other ports down that end of the house too. I dont know about the TG585. 


Any old DSL modem will work as an AP fine in this scenario. Looking at the OP's post however my understanding is that they want to use the modem as a wireless bridge to connect Ethernet devices. 99% of modems aren't going to support this type of functionality.




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  # 1376810 31-Aug-2015 08:28
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Thanks, that is exactly right.  I wanted to use it as a bridge to avoid running cables to the workshop.  Maybe I can get the hide off this particular cat by fitting wireless dongles to the PCs in the workshop.

Meanwhile, I find one of the workshop PCs will not connect to the Internet if there is a switch between it and the new Telecom Huawei router/modem. It is an XP and online research did not bring up any explanation I could understand, I guess that is just another consequence of old age!  Whatever, if I can find a suitable wifi dongle in this town on a Sunday I will have the problem solved avoiding the switch and going direct to the Huawei. 

 
 
 
 


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  # 1376814 31-Aug-2015 08:46
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I have had numerous issues using old ADSL and in some case ethernet routers as accesspoints.

It seems they reboot periodically. Dropping the wifi and the switch connections when that happens. Someone suggested it was memory overflow because of all the failures to establish an internet connection or something. Whatever the case, a cheap wifi AP is cheap enough that IMO if you have no friends who need a spare DSL router, just sell the thing on trademe for a few bucks to someone else.




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