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# 185167 12-Nov-2015 13:16
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I'm making the connection between the internet port on my old WNDR3700 router and a LAN port on the new HG659 modem. 

What am I doing wrong?

This is how things worked with the old ADSL modem ... (same ethernet cable).

I've tried rebooting the router.

The LAN indicator LED on the modem (port 4) is green (good).

The LAN indicator LED on the router (port 1) is amber which indicates a slow connection (10 - 100mps).  This shouldn't be the case, it's a gigabit router (via ethernet) and the cable is cat-6.

Why am I doing this?

I need to temporarily use the router as a switch to connect existing data cables into the new modem (which is in a different location).  This only has to work for week or so - not worth investing in a switch.












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  # 1426886 12-Nov-2015 13:28
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If you are just using your old router as a switch connect it to the HG659 via a switch port on the router, not via the internet port.
By the way, the HG659 is a router too, not a modem.

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  # 1426889 12-Nov-2015 13:29
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Also make sure you disable DHCP on one of the routers, probably the old one if it is just there temporarily.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1426916 12-Nov-2015 14:00
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What you saying should work if you have the HG659 plugged into the WAN/Internet port on the WNDR3700, one thing to check is that the DHCP ranges on both routers are different.

If they are both offering 192.168.0.x then their will be issues.



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  # 1427701 13-Nov-2015 17:45
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OK I'll try this first. I realise the HG659 is a router too, thought it would be clearer to refer to it as a modem.

xontech: If you are just using your old router as a switch connect it to the HG659 via a switch port on the router, not via the internet port.
By the way, the HG659 is a router too, not a modem.




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  # 1428435 15-Nov-2015 19:53
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Disabled DHCP on old router still having problems. 

IP addresses are: -

RG659:  192.168.1.254
WNDR3700: 192.168.1.1

So if I need to change the 3700 what can I change it too?




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  # 1428445 15-Nov-2015 20:06
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How have you got it plugged together?

Still plugged from the switch port on the new router to the internet/WAN port on the old router?

If this is the case you need to change the IP range on one of the routers as they are both using the 192.168.1.X network.
Make one router network 192.168.1.x and the other 192.168.2.x and re-enable DHCP on the second router.

If you have it switch port to switch port you need to plug the cables into switch ports on both routers and not use the Internet/WAN port


MikeAqua: Disabled DHCP on old router still having problems. 

IP addresses are: -

RG659:  192.168.1.254
WNDR3700: 192.168.1.1

So if I need to change the 3700 what can I change it too?



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  # 1428476 15-Nov-2015 21:18
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I have it switch port to switch port now.  That didn't help.

I have turned of DHCP and changed the IP address on the 3700 as you suggested to 192.168.2.1 

I can now access internet via the 3700 router but .... I can't bring up the interface for the old router to turn DHCP back on

I have tried restarting the 3700 and tried 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.2.1 but neither address works.
(connecting wirelessly direct to the 3700 or wirelessly via the RG659).










Mike

 
 
 
 


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  # 1428488 15-Nov-2015 21:30
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Just to clarify can you tell me how its currently plugged together.

Switch to Switch or Switch to Internet Port

It will help me provide the next answer.



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  # 1428491 15-Nov-2015 21:35
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Switch to switch.




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  # 1428492 15-Nov-2015 21:39
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Sorry, I got a bit lost following this thread through so apologies if this is retreading old ground.

If you have a router that you've turned DHCP off and you need to get back into it:

1. Disconnect the router from everything else (especially other routers)
2. Assign your computer a static IP in the range of the router (e.g. if the router is 192.168.2.1, give your computer a static IP of 192.168.2.100)
3. Connect the computer (ideally via cable) to one of the LAN ports on the router
4. Log on to 192.16.2.1 in a browser
5. Change settings in the router as required
6. Change computer back to automatically acquire IP address

Failing that, try and find the factory reset button - press and hold. If that doesn't work, try a 30/30/30 reset (hold the reset button in for 30 s, pull the power plug *while holding in the reset button*, wait 30 s, reinsert the power plug *while still holding in the reset button*, wait 30 s. If you've done it right you've been holding the reset button in for 90 seconds and now have a sore thumb from the paperclip).

If you're trying to use an old router as a switch (the "switch router") connected to another modem/router/gateway (the "gateway") at, say, 192.168.1.1:

1. Assign your computer a static IP of 192.168.1.100
2. Disconnect the switch-router from everything else
3. Log on to the switch-router in a browser
4. Assign a static IP in the switch-router of 192.168.1.2
5. Turn DHCP *off* in the switch-router - sometimes you might have the option of a DHCP forwarder - if so, enter 192.168.1.1 for the DNS server
6. Save/apply settings
7. Change computer back to automatically acquire IP address
8. Plug the switch-router into the gateway using an ethernet cable *between two LAN ports*. Don't use the WAN/Internet port of the switch-router
9. You should now be able to access the gateway at 192.168.1.1 and the switch-router at 192.168.1.2 regardless of which router your computer is connected to.

This should also work with wireless access points (e.g. if you need to turn an old router into an additional access point for greater coverage). In theory if you assign the same password and SSID to the two networks, you should get relatively seamless coverage, but I've always found the handover to be problematic so usually assign meaningful names to the networks (e.g. "living_room").

Disclaimer: Some routers have other settings that need to be fiddled with in order to make this work right. Some routers might also let you assign the WAN port to a LAN port. If it still doesn't work, see if your router (particularly the switch router) is compatible with some better firmware (e.g. DDWRT or Tomato) that will let you change the settings you need. I've also probably missed something. I've never really fully got the knack of double-NAT for one...



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  # 1428493 15-Nov-2015 21:40
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And it is now working as an ethernet switch.  So I can turn off the WiFi functions and it will do what I need it too ... I just can't get into the admin interface.  But that won't matter in a week.




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  # 1428494 15-Nov-2015 21:43
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Oh, and I should have said make the DHCP range outside your chosen IPs for the routers - say 192.168.1.100 through 192.168.1.199.

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  # 1428496 15-Nov-2015 21:47
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MikeAqua: And it is now working as an ethernet switch.  So I can turn off the WiFi functions and it will do what I need it too ... I just can't get into the admin interface. 


What I think happened is that the IP address of the 3700 is 192.168.2.1 and you have an IP address in the 192.168.1.x range from your new router.

If you know how to set a static IP on the PC set to to 192.168.2.100 and then you should be able to access the router by the IP address 192.168.2.1 and change it back to 192.168.1.1
Just make sure you leave DHCP turned off when doing this.

As MDF said it would be worth checking the IP range handed out by the new router so the IP you give to the 3700 is not going to be handed out to other devices.

Otherwise do a reset on the 3700 and go through the setup again and just make sure you disable DHCP.
In the setup you have switch to switch it is fine both routers are on the same ip range as long as they have different IP address and the ip addresses they have are not going to be given out by DHCP which is handled by the new router.



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  # 1431098 19-Nov-2015 13:29
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Problem solved. The network guy I use was at my place re-configuring the data cabling so I bought a 5 port switch off him and removed the old router.  Everything is now going nicely.




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