Bridging 2 routers together

By TorturedChaos
Feb 26, 2011
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  1. So my friend replaced his POS Netgear WTG624 router with a Linksys WRT54GL and loaded DD-WRT on it.
    Well he is running out of ports on the Linksys router, and we wanted to bridge the netgear router into it so he could hook his printer and some other non-important stuff into it.
    Problem is I can't get it to work.

    I have the set the Netgear's IP to 192.168.1.2 for the access page. Gave it a static WAN IP (192.168.1.50), and turned its DHCP server off. (All as many guides I found told me to do). I have an ethernet cable ran from one of the LAN ports on the Linksys router to the WAN/Internet port on the Netgear router, then hooked a cable from one of the LAN ports on the netgear router to the ethernet port on my laptop. But I can't even talk to the Linksys router through the Netgear, let alone the internet.

    So what am I doing wrong? help please
  2. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 843   +11

    Anyone have any suggestions? I really just want to use the second router as a switch.
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,351   +301

    it's a wiring issue

    Code:
    modem-->(wan)router#1(lan)---->([B]lan[/B])router#2(lan)--- wired connections
                    |                         |
                    + - - - wired or wifi     +---- wired or wifi
    
    notice: the wan port on router#2 is left empty and you use one of its lan slots to connect to router#1
  4. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 843   +11

    Oh ok. Yah, I guess that makes since :p.
  5. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,608   +80

    APN's (Access Point Networks or Access Points Networking)

    see example

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  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,351   +301

    effectively, this simple recabling turns router#2 into a switch,
    and relies upon router#1 for NAT and DHCP services. Router#2 can still be used for WiFi conections - - in fact, both #1 & #2 can provide WiFi connections.
  7. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,608   +80

    Correct the first main DHCP router is the Primary APN and the second router is the secondary APN. That example has now changed I have 3x with 3x SMA APN's because once you get a 15x Android Tablets you can really see how things are.
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,351   +301

    I commented for the O.P. - - I knew you were aware :)
  9. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,608   +80



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