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Using WNDR3000 as wireless switch for DGND3700v2

Jablonski
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Using WNDR3000 as wireless switch for DGND3700v2

Hi

 

I have a DGND3700v2 connected to the internet and an old WNDR3300 I want to use as a wireless switch downstairs.

 

I am also using a DLINK powerline kit to extend the internet signal through the powerlines to connect the WNDR3300 using the internet port.

 

How do I configure the WNDR3300? 

 

Thanks

 

 

 

Model: WNDR3300|Rangemax Dual Band Wireless-N Router
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antinode
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Re: Using WNDR3000 as wireless switch for DGND3700v2

> [...] an old WNDR3300 I want to use as a wireless switch [...]

 

   Nice antique.  Define "wireless switch".  What you probably can do is
configure the WNDR3300 as a "wireless access point".  But its LAN
Ethernet ports should work, too.

 

> How do I configure the WNDR3300?

 

   Probably not by "using the internet port" on the WNDR3300.  Many more
modern Netgear router models have a specific option to enable WAP mode,
but for a WNDR3300 you'd need to do it the hard way.  See, for example:

 

      https://community.netgear.com/t5/x/x/m-p/1463500

 

   That's written for a C6300-as-WAP, but the steps are about the same for
any other router (any make/model) which lacks a one-step WAP option,
including yours.

 

   Note that this scheme leaves the WAN/Internet port on the
WNDR3300-as-WAP unused.

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Jablonski
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Re: Using WNDR3000 as wireless switch for DGND3700v2

Hi

 

Thanks for your reply. 

 

Yes I thought I'd give the old 'nice antique' a go to save on land fill. I also use 'wireless switch'and 'wireles access point' interchangeably, which might be counterintuitive but not unusual for some hardware matters.

 

I tried the instructions and the nice antique didn't like having it's IP address changed. I mean, depsite several reboots of router and PC and also resetting the router to default many times it simply didn't want to work.

 

So just of the heck of it, all I changed on the WNDR3300 was:

  • SSID name
  • added security password

I didn't turn off DHCP or reassign the IP address.

 

And blow me down it worked using the IP range 10.0.0.x

 

Problem solved!

 

Thanks for your assistance.

 

Cheers

 

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antinode
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Re: Using WNDR3000 as wireless switch for DGND3700v2

> I tried [...]

 

   Not a very detailed description of what you did, or what happened
when you did it.

 

> [...] it worked using the IP range 10.0.0.x [...]

 

   It is possible to cascade multiple NAT routers, and create multiple
LAN subnets, but this (double NAT) adds some limitations on what can be
done on the inner router's LAN subnet, and requires some special
configuration (typically adding a static route) on the outer router, so
that devices on the outer router's LAN subnet can communicate with
devices on the inner router's LAN subnet.

 

   If you're happy, then I'm happy, too, but there are reasons to
configure the inner router as a WAP.

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Jablonski
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Re: Using WNDR3000 as wireless switch for DGND3700v2

Hi 

 

When I used the words "I tried", I meant I worked through the instructions listed in the link you sent and when I used my cell phone to test whether I could get internet access, the message "Couldn't obtain IP address" appeared and of course, I couldn't browse the web. I was not sure why it wasn't working.

 

> [...] it worked using the IP range 10.0.0.x [...]

Means that when I could connect my cell phone downstairs using the WNDR3300, it displayed that IP range and I could browse the web.

 

The connection is not needed for anything other than casual web browsing and Netflix etc. Downstairs doesn't need access to the whole network around the house and it is used to simply solve a wireless broadcast limitation.

 

Thanks again

 

 

 

 

 

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