Multiple Routers 1 modem!!

October 14, 2012 at 22:00:02
Specs: Macintosh
Sup,

I have a bit of a complicated setup for my home wireless.
and a even more complicated problem, so bare with me and help if you can.

I currently have 3 wireless routers in my possession. They're info are as follows:
-Linksys WRT54G ver 6.0
-NETGEAR WNDR3300
-Cisco Linksys E2500

THE SCENARIO
The Cisco Linksys E2500 is my "primary parent" router that is currently connected to my cable modem. I have flashed both the Linksys WRT54G and NETGEAR WNDR3300 with DD-WRT with hopes to make them client/repeater bridges, and have done so successfully. The main reason I flashed either of those routers with DD-WRT was to enhance my VPN service experience, as my VPN provider, OverPlay.net, offers a plugin that can be installed to a router that has DD-WRT. I ran into my first problem when trying to install this plugin on my Linksys WRT54G router, which was incompatible, that led to the purchase of my NETGEAR WNDR3300 which was fully compatible. I installed the OverPlay.net plugin onto the NETGEAR WNDR3300 router successfully, but I ran to yet another problem. I had to revert the NETGEAR WNDR3300 back to DD-WRT factory settings, then connect it up to my modem as if it were my primary parent router and install the plugin that way. So after the installation I restored the NETGEAR WNDR3300 back to Client Bridge mode. What I didn't realize was the OverPlay.net plugin took internet connection to install and it needs internet connection to stay there. When a router is in bridge mode, the WAN connection type is disabled and essentially nullifies the presence of the plugin I just installed.

THE PROBLEM
I cannot think of a way to get and retain the OverPlay.net plugin on the NETGEAR WNDR3300 without connecting it as primary parent router to my cable modem, which I do not want to do at all.

-->You may be thinking why not just flash the Cisco Linksys E2500 with DD-WRT and put the OverPlay.net plugin on it? That would be perfect except for the fact that I live in a house with 3-4 other people and it is imperative that I ensure that I am the only one using this plugin at any given time.

So basically I want to install this plugin on the NETGEAR WNDR3300 I will bridge the connection to the Linksys WRT54G via client bridge.
-In order for that to happen the NETGEAR WNDR3300 has to be an access point
-In order for that to happen the NETGEAR WNDR3300 has to be connected to a modem
But I still want the Cisco Linksys E2500 to supply wireless to the other inhabitants of the house
-In order for that to happen the cable modem must connect to 2 routers via Ethernet

THE QUESTION
Is it possible for me to split the Ethernet output of my cable modem so that I can connect to both my Cisco Linksys E2500 and my NETGEAR WNDR3300?
If not, is it totally impossible, or do i need to change something in my setup?

Thanks for anyone who's even read this far. I know this was an eyefull and for you to make it to the bottom of this post and be formulating solutions on my behalf shows your true commitment :cheers:
Thanks for any help offered!!!


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October 15, 2012 at 07:27:01
At the outset, it sounds like this VPN technology isn't really all that compatible with DD-WRT after all if it flat out didn't work with the Linksys and only worked with the Netgear after you reset it.

THE PROBLEM
I cannot think of a way to get and retain the OverPlay.net plugin on the NETGEAR WNDR3300 without connecting it as primary parent router to my cable modem, which I do not want to do at allI

Why not?

If the netgear is supposed to be a VPN endpoint, then it should be the one connected to the internet.

If you put the other two routers in bridge mode and then connect them to the netgear, you won't lose the VPN on the netgear and all should work as you want it to.

Just FYI, wireless is a convenience and you pay for that convenience with lag and latency issues, and insecurity. If you connected the other two routers with a network cable to the router connected to the internet, all your headaches go away AND, you have the added benefit of better bandwidth between devices and a more reliable setup.

Pulling cables isn't that tough and you can often use the heatings ducts in a home so as to avoid having to drill holes through floors or make holes in drywall.

If using network cables is an option, click on my name above in this response and read my “how-to” guide titled, “Add a second Router to your LAN” for a basic guide on how to interconnect your routers.

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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