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post #1 of 11
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So, here's the issue;

My internet provider sent out new modems to everyone last year, ever since then I've had trouble with it.
Its a Thomson TG789vn, looks a great modem! Problem is, it has a locked firmware and flashing it to your own firmware can only be done with rootacces, even if you have rootaccess they will flash the firmware to their own again.

I still have their old modem but it does not have Wi-Fi, wich is the thing my mom needs and wants!
Getting a modem without Wi-Fi is not an option and buying my own modem is not an option either.

So I just got this idea; Lets connect the cable from the wall to the old modem and then have a normal internet cable connect the two modems.

^This way it should bypass the newer modems security but still give my mom the ability to use Wi-Fi.

Would this work?
If not, what would ?
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post #2 of 11
does the modem with wifi have a built in router and switch? if so you can probally turn off the DHCP and use it as a wireless switch. i would need to know a little more about each modem first.
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does the modem with wifi have a built in router and switch? if so you can probally turn off the DHCP and use it as a wireless switch. i would need to know a little more about each modem first.
The older modem is a default Speedtouch 546
The newer modem is a Thomson Speedtouch TG789vn, for the specific one you'd have to google KPN ExperiaBox.

I hope this provides the information you need, I'm not sure what you are looking for and I'm quite noobish in the network area
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post #4 of 11
if the new modem with the wi-fi is the one you are useing. then no you wont be able to. your isp will be looking for the wi-fi moden, not the non wifi. if u place the non wi-fi infront of the wifi ,then u will have the deactivated modem in front of the activated one.

think of it this way.

modem- then hub/switch/ router - pc
what u are trying to do is
hub/switch/router- moden - pc
Edited by noobdown - 1/11/11 at 4:53am
post #5 of 11
well with a quick search i did find out the first one you posted does have a 4 port switch so that tells me it does have a DHCP server built in. i would use it with the custom firmware and do whatever you want with it. i would then take the second modem you listed and turn OFF the DHCP so its basically just acting as a switch and use it to provide more ports and wireless.

i hope that helps, kinda hard to do these things at 7:50 in the morning on my first cup of coffee
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if the new modem with the wi-fi is the one you are useing. then no you wont be able to. your isp will be looking for the wi-fi moden, not the non wifi. if u place the non wi-fi infront of the wifi ,then u will have the deactivated modem in front of the activated one.
not true, most DSL setups dont care about the mac address like cable modems do. i think he should be fine with it. best thing to do would be contact the ISP but i think it should work correctly.
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post #7 of 11
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not true, most DSL setups dont care about the mac address like cable modems do. i think he should be fine with it. best thing to do would be contact the ISP but i think it should work correctly.
with isp, u need the active modem at the front of the line, no matter if it cable or dsl. what you are saying is its fine to put a router infront of your modem.
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with isp, u need the active modem at the front of the line, no matter if it cable or dsl. what you are saying is its fine to put a router infront of your modem.
from what he posted i gather both are modems provided by the same ISP just one has wireless built in and the other doesnt. both should work.
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post #9 of 11
yes both will work but you cannot put a router infront of the modem
post #10 of 11
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Thanks everyone

I'll contact my ISP by email then, calling them is just a.... well... the closest thing to hell on this earth!

I cannot turn off the DHCP because of their locked firmware, so I'll just contact them

Thanks for your help!
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