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Solved: How to connect tp-link modem to tplink router.

Discussion in 'Networking' started by rav4cas, Dec 20, 2010.

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  1. rav4cas

    rav4cas Thread Starter

    Dec 20, 2010
    Need help, been trying to get this set up for a week, no luck. Tried ringing TP-link but can not understand what they are talking about. I am a novice computer user, but understand plain english instructions.
    Here's what i am trying to do...... TP-Link 8616 adsl modem + TP-Link 1043 Gigabit N wireless router.
    I plug in the modem, power & telephone connection (orange broadband, not dialup). Connect the only lan port on the modem to the WAN port on the router. Connect the router lan port to my computer running Windows 7. I can see the router in my network, but there is no internet connection.
    Can anybody point me in the right direction, before this drives me insane. I have definately got an internet connection because i am replacing a netgear modem router combined which works fine.
  2. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    I doubt that lack of understanding has anything to do with you. :) The TP-Link 8616 is a modem/router combo, but even their user guide refused to say that anywhere. Its default LAN IP address is, and I'm guessing that's the same as for the other TP-Link router. Glancing through the manual I saw no way to bridge the 8616 (make it work as modem only), so you have two choices if I'm right about the LAN subnet used by the 1043. By the way, I could find nothing about that router, but did find information on TP-Link TL-WR1043N and TL-WR1043ND routers.

    a. Change the subnet used by one of the routers; e.g., to 192.168.3.x.

    b. JohnWill's procedure (Aug. 30, 2008) for configuring a secondary router as a switch and, optionally, wireless access point follows.

    Connecting two (or more) SOHO broadband routers together.

    Note: The "primary" router can be an actual router, a software gateway like Microsoft Internet Connection Sharing, or a server connection that has the capability to supply more than one IP address using DHCP server capability. No changes are made to the primary "router" configuration.

    Configure the IP address of the secondary router(s) to be in the same subnet as the primary router, but out of the range of the DHCP server in the primary router. For instance DHCP server addresses through, I'd assign the secondary router as it's IP address, for another router, etc.

    Note: Do this first, as you will have to reboot the computer to connect to the router again for the remaining changes.

    Disable the DHCP server in the secondary router.

    Setup the wireless section just the way you would if it was the primary router, channels, encryption, etc.

    Connect from the primary router's LAN port to one of the LAN ports on the secondary router. If there is no uplink port and neither of the routers have auto-sensing ports, use a cross-over cable. [You will not need a cross-over cable if one of the "routers" is a computer.] Leave the WAN port unconnected!

    This procedure bypasses the routing function (NAT layer) and configures the router as a switch (or wireless access point for wireless routers).

    For reference, here's a link to a Typical example config using a Netgear router
  3. rav4cas

    rav4cas Thread Starter

    Dec 20, 2010
    Still could not figure it out, so i sent another email to TP-Link.
    All i had to do was to login to the modem webpage and set VPI to 0 and VCI to 38.
    That was it......rebooted and now have access to the internet while the modem is connected to the wan port on my router.
    Thank you.
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