How to turn Telus router into bridged mode *plus* ethernet switch?

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I managed to get bridged mode working, and now all the internet traffic is going through my own router (Nighthawk R7000). Wireless internet speeds are *much* improved.

 

However, due to the physical layout of my house I would still like to use the Telus router as an ethernet switch. i.e. I want to be able to plug computers into it and have them on the network (wired connection).

 

Here's a picture to help you visualize: http://i.imgur.com/QqyR7Lq.png

 

The problem I'm having now is that "Computer 1" is connected to the internet, but I can't get "Computer 2" to work as well. I think for this to work, the internet would have to go through the Telus router, through LAN port 1, into the Nighthawk, Nighthawk would do its thing (DHCP magic) then send the response back through the same cable, back into Port 1 on the Telus router then out again through Port 2 to Computer 2. Is there a way to make that happen?

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Not sure you can do it that way once you have bridged port 1. What you could do instead is allow the Actiontec to be the DHCP server, unbridged, with Wi-Fi turned off. You could then use your Nighthawk router for all its current tasks except DHCP and NAT, and have the utility you seek.

 

 

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What you are trying to do would require VLANs, not sure if that is supported on the R7000 but I highly doubt it would be supported on the Telus router. I assume the ports on your N7000 are full? In that case your best bet is to pick up a 5 port ethernet switch and plug that into the N7000 to add more ports.

 

5 Port: http://www.ncix.com/detail/tp-link-tl-sg1005d-5-port-unmanaged-cb-34460-1314.htm

8 Port: http://www.ncix.com/detail/tp-link-tl-sg1008d-8-port-unmanaged-0c-34461-1991.htm

 

 

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@Kolby_G

 

I have Tomato installed on my R7000 which I believe does support VLANs. How would I use VLANs to achieve this?

 

I still have two spare ports on my R7000 at the moment. The issue is more to do with dragging absurdly long cables across my house. I've already got one going from my living room (where the Telus router is installed) to my office. Computer 2 is in the same room as the Telus router, so I'd like to use it as an ethernet switch instead of having to drag a 2nd really long cable all the way back to my living room.

 

Speaking of which, I've got it set up this way because I don't have the dual phone jacks needed in my office -- do you think Telus would send a tech to rewire my office? There's a single port here, I think they can splice it.

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@NFtoBC

 

"DHCP" just assigns IP addresses to devices, right? I don't mind if the Telus router does that.

 

I would like to try your solution, but I'm just trying to figure out how to turn the DHCP and NAT on Tomato. Not sure if you're familiar with Tomato, but would I change WAN/Internet type from DHCP to Static? http://i.imgur.com/atfWAdU.png Or maybe uncheck "Use internal DNS"? http://i.imgur.com/qL4orM0.png I can't find any "NAT" options. Would that be a separate thing?

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NAT is related to the firewall. I have my Actiontec (not bridged), with my router plugged into port 1 with default settings (WAN DHCP is default also). NAT shows as Open in games. No noticeable problems either.


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If you plug the cable from the Actiontec into a LAN port on the N7000, you should bypass NAT. Any DHCP server  would still need to be turned off on the N7000. The setting you show in your image can be left at DHCP, as it is not a DCHP server, but rather the means the device uses to gather an IP address from the DCHP server elsewhere.

 

Look for DHCP Server, under the LAN heading at this Tomato Reference. It describes turning off the DHCP server.

 

 

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