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DGN1000 as ADSL Modem to WRT54G as router w/ Tomato

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Hi,

I'm an Orange Broadband user in the UK. They supplied me with my a useless stock NETGEAR router, the infamous 'DGN1000'. If you haven't heard of this thing, take a quick look at the reviews it has earned itself on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Netgear-DGN1000-150Mbps-Wireless-N-Connection/dp/B002WOXYHS

I'm constantly having to restart it when it drops out, let alone when it hands out an IP that I'm STILL USING, and me and my flatmate have to switch off our computers, restart the router, let it boot, then turn our computers back on one by one.

Luckily, I have an old WRT54G that I will get back from a friend this Saturday, and was hoping that I would be able to use the WRT54G as my actual wireless router, and use the DGN1000 solely as the ADSL modem.

I used to use the WRT54G as a wireless internet forward box in my uni halls. This meant turning the DHCP server mode off, and plugging the Ethernet connection from the wall into wired Port 1 on the router (instead of the usual WAN port). It would then forward internet access to Port 2, 3 and 4, and via wi-fi.

Would I be able to do something similar with the DGN1000 and WRT54G? I was thinking something like: set DGN1000 to disable DHCP, take an ethernet cable from Port 1 on the DGN1000 into port 1 OR the WAN on the WRT54G. then turn on DHCP for the WRT54G and set up the SSID, security, MAC filter and QOS (using Tomato) on this router?

I also plan on installing Tomato firmware on the WRT54G so I can use the QOS options to stop my flatmates torrents and skype from hitting my latency too badly.

Advice much appreciated,

Toby
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If you connect the cable from LAN1 into the WAN port on the WRT54G, you're adding another hop to your internet connection. Not necessarily a bad thing.

If you connect the cable from LAN1 into LAN1 port on the WRT54G, you're adding the device to the LAN of the DGN1000.

In either case, disabling DHCP on the DGN1000 and using the one built into the WRT54G would work just fine.

Personally though, if possible, I would find out what DSL protocols are used by your ISP and then find a stand-alone DSL modem that supports those protocols; remove the DNG1000 completely and just use your WRT54G.
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Thanks for the reply.

Is there much benefit to using a standalone modem? The line tops out at a mere 6mbps down and 1mbps up. A little look on Google led me to this link: http://192.168.0.1/setup.cgi?next_file=mode.htm

If I go to that address and log into my router, I am presented with a separate page with a drop down menu, with two options which are "Modem + Router" and "Modem Only". Seems like I should be able to set it as Modem Only, and then use the WRT54G as the DHCP server. Funny thing is, there is no way to access this Modem/Modem+Router menu without the direct link. No way to reach it from the standard interface. Maybe to stop people fiddling if they aren't sure what they're doing?

Now if I set my DGN1000 to Modem only, do I enter my connection login details in the modem, or in the WRT54G? According to the settings already in the router when it arrived, the 'Encapsulation' is PPPoA (PPP over ATM) and I have a username and password which I know. Would I need to enter these details into the WRT54G, and if so, would it be better to put the Ethernet cable into the WAN or LAN 1 on the WRT54G. I want to remove the DGN1000 as much as possible from the network. Any settings and adjustments I want to do from the WRT54G using Tomato.

Many Thanks,
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