Solved Convert 2Wire router 38000HGV-b as wireless access point?

January 11, 2013 at 12:41:25
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Hi I just switched over from AT&T Uverse to time Warner cable for Internet. I bought a Motorola Surfboard sbg6580. I have the surfboard hooked up and all is well. Now I would like to do in put the old 2wire from AT&T in a room upstairs and use it as place I can plug in the Ethernet cords and also transmit another signal. I have what's a called plug link that is plugged in down stairs and then another upstairs and it allows the Internet signal to run through the power lines. So it just about the equivalent of running a cord for down stairs to upstairs. So basically I just need to plug more then 1 thing upstairs that isn't wireless and I would also like to transmit a 2.4ghz signal upstairs and use my Motorola to transmit a 5ghz.

How would I set up the 2wire to do this.


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#1
January 11, 2013 at 13:28:13
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Click on my name above in this response and read my “how-to” guide titled, “Add a second Router to your LAN

You'll want to use the version wherein you interconnect the two routes "LAN port to LAN" port and extend your existing subnet.

As for the wireless end of things, just configure the same SSID and encryption key on the 2wire and it should work just fine.

Also, you will want to disable DHCP on the 2wire and let the other router do it.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#2
January 11, 2013 at 13:48:40
Ok well one thing how would I go about turning the dhcp off? The why old router is a 2wire 3800hgb-b. when I go into the settings and find the part labeled dhcp I don't see and option to turn it off. I also read somewhere that these routers where not designed for the dhcp to be turned off or something like that. Not sure if that means I can't be done or if its just harder then clicking disable.

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#3
January 11, 2013 at 14:25:22
I've yet to hear of a SOHO Router that you couldn't disable the DHCP on it. But, if there's no setting to do so, then there isn't. If that's the case, you could split the DHCP pool between the two routers or you could disable it on the other router and run it solely on the 2wire.

If it turns out you have no choice, the best thing is to disable DHCP on the new router. A sinlge DHCP server is a lot easier to manage, and a lot less likely to cause problems as compared to having two. You do not want two trying to share out an identical pool of IP's which is why I recommended splitting the pool.

Just FYI, the "disable" setting is probably not on the main DHCP page. Look for a "general setup" page or , "basic setup" or something like that. In fact, check through all available setting pages. Alternatively, you could check in the manual, ti may detail how to disable DHCP.

It's my own personal prefernce in a case like this to have the DHCP Server service running on the router that's directly connected to the internet.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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