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30-Apr-2012, 06:11 AM #1
Solved: Old Router as Switch - can no longer hit admin page
Hi,

I have a BT Broadband Homehub modem/router/residential gateway (192.168.1.254) – yesterday I configured an unused Belkin N150 wireless router as an additional switch (disabled DHCP and assigned ip within primary router’s subnet but not in DHCP range). All works fine, other than I can no longer hit the Belkin's admin page (192.168.1.253), browser just times out.

I am, however, able to ping it and get a response... Equally, if I connect directly to the Belkin and do an ipconfig I can see the default gateway as 192.168.1.253 but I still cannot hit the admin page.

Any ideas?

Cheers,

Ross

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30-Apr-2012, 09:31 AM #2
With the Belkin routers that I have seen you can set it to "AP Mode" and just connect it by WAN (Modem) port to the primary router and it acts as a switch.

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... assigned ip within primary router’s subnet but not in DHCP range ...
That's the Belkin's LAN IP right? And you connected the primary router to a Belkin LAN port, right?

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if I connect directly to the Belkin and do an ipconfig I can see the default gateway as 192.168.1.253
Default Gateway with Dhcp server disabled?????
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30-Apr-2012, 09:44 AM #3
Thanks Terry, you're quite right that there is an AP mode on the Belkin - which, as I understand it, bypasses the routing/firewall functions and allows you to assign an ip. I was just trying to follow the 'standard' method for utilising a router as a switch but will give that a bash tonight and see how it goes.

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That's the Belkin's LAN IP right? And you connected the primary router to a Belkin LAN port, right?
Yes on both counts, 192.168.1.253 is the IP I assigned to the Belkin and the two devices are connected by their respective LAN ports (via a pair of 'homeplugs').

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Default Gateway with Dhcp server disabled?????
Sorry, my bad. What I meant is that I can see from ipconfig results that the Belkin has the expected ip address.
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30-Apr-2012, 12:11 PM #4
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What I meant is that I can see from ipconfig results that the Belkin has the expected ip address.
If the Belkin is properly working as a switch your ipconfig should show no hint of the Belkin's IP address. Your ipconfig should look exactly the same as if you had connected directly to the primary router.
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