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Wannabe Geek

#81211 9-Apr-2011 12:47
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So I decided it was finally time to get rid of the constantly disconnecting Telecom provided wireless modem/router and get a proper solution. Based on posts here and elsewhere I purchased a TP-Link 8840 and ASUS RT-N16.

Getting the modem to connect out to the internet was easy, getting the router to provide stable wireless was even easier. However, for the life of me I can't get the modem to pass the WAN connection to the router.

So here's what I understand:
As my ADSL is PPPoA I will need to run the modem in half-bridge mode (IP Extension in its settings). I should be disabling DHCP on the modem (can't find where though). As both devices want to use, I'll need to change one or both of these.

Basically, I'm wondering if there's a guide somewhere for getting this all working, I've looked around but PPPoA half-bridging is fairly uncommon I've been coming up blank. I think if I can get to a point where I know that one device is all correct then I can get there, but right now I'm unsure if I've got that far.

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Ultimate Geek

  #457008 9-Apr-2011 14:09
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Follow this guide:

Ben is using a RTA1320 but its fundamentally the same as the 8840 (I've got both). They use the same chipset, the only difference in the firmware is the branding.


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Wannabe Geek

  #457035 9-Apr-2011 16:47
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Wow, it really is that simple. I was very close, I just needed to set DHCP correctly and was losing my nerve when I lost the ability to access the modem via a direct wired connection (the instructions say it happens with Telstra but I experienced with Telecom too).

Thank you so much for your help, up and running now.


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Uber Geek


  #457293 10-Apr-2011 20:17
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Can i make the suggestion that either TomatoUSB or DD-WRT will unleash a lot more potential in this router?

Much better than the stock firmware, esp if you love to tweak.

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