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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 8:50 am    Post subject: Adding Wireless Router Reply with quote Back to top

For a couple of years I have been using Vonage through a Lynksys wired router, RT31P2. I now purchased a Buffalo wireless router, WHR-G125 that I want to use as my primary router; however my Vonage only works if I use the Lynksys as my primary router. Currently the only way my Vonage will work is if I connect the cable modem to the Lynksys router WAN port and connect the Buffalo router using a cable from a LAN port on the Lynksys router to a LAN port on the Buffalo router. How can I make my Buffalo router the primary router? I assume I have to log into the Lynksys router and change some settings, but how do I do that? Also, my Buffalo router has an on/off switch that I do not know what to do with.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

You should be able to take the Linksys right out of the equation and put your new wireless router in it's place.

Try to connect the wireless directly to your computer first that way you can set up the security features. You will have to log into your new router using the instructions that came with it.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

The Buffalo router does not have a port to plug my telephone line in.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

OK, sorry about that. You might be better off just having an all in one wireless router with Vonage.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

First, is Internet working at all through the Buffalo? In other words, is a normal computer plugged into a LAN port on the Buffalo able to surf the Internet without problems?

If not, you'll have to diagnose that first.

The first thing to do is unplug power from your cable modem and leave it unplugged for at LEAST 60 seconds. This allows your cable company, if they can, to "reset" the MAC address associated with your account. Depending on your cable company, you may also need to call them or log on to some special web site to update the MAC address associated with your account. Thankfully, this is very rare nowadays.

Once you have the Buffalo fully connected and operational, run a wire from a LAN port on the Buffalo to the WAN port on the Linksys/Vonage router. Plug a computer temporarily into a LAN port on the Linksys router and log in (instructions for doing this are in the manual, but it's usually a matter of typing http://192.168.15.1 in a web browser). Check its status page and make sure you are getting assigned an IP address.

If all else fails on that, or if you simply cannot log in, try a factory reset on the Linksys (press and hold the RESET button for 30+ seconds while it's powered up). The Linksys, when reset to factory settings, should be fully capable of operating as a Vonage device, and that's all you really need it for now.

Some other scenarios, and some possibly useful diagrams:

http://vonage.nmhoy.net/tworouters.html

I currently have my network configured as seen in Option 3 on the page referenced above, but I need the LAN ports. Smile

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

The Buffalo router works, but only if it is the secondary router. The only way I have gotten it to work is having the cable modem wired to the Vonage router WAN and from the Vonage LAN to the Buffalo WAN. I guess I could leave it like this, but will it slow things down having to go through the Vonage router first?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

That means that your cable modem is expecting the MAC address of the Linksys router, probably. If the Buffalo isn't working at all, that means that either (a) you got a defective unit, which means it wouldn't work behind the Linksys either, or (b) your cable company is refusing to recognize the Buffalo for some reason.

If you've left your cable modem unplugged from power for at least 60 seconds and it still doesn't work, then try logging in to the Buffalo and using "MAC Address Cloning" to give the Buffalo the same MAC address your Linksys has. Barring that, you'll have to go through whatever procedure your ISP has for changing MAC addresses.

Your Linksys doesn't have any special setup, does it? I assume your cable company just assigns IP addresses to you, no need for static IP or a login or anything?

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Since he's going to continue using the RT31P2, will having two devices with the same MAC (one cloned) on then system cause problems?

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I have Comcast cable if that means anything.

How do I log into the Buffalo router when it is the secondary router?

Sorry about all my questions, but I don't really know what I am doing.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Well, let's step back for a minute.

Unplug everything from power, and leave it unplugged for at least a minute, preferably more. Have a cup of tea, coffee, or whatever. Read a book. Wink

Next, plug a single computer into a LAN port on the Buffalo. Run a cable from your cable modem to the WAN port of the Buffalo. Plug the cable modem and the Buffalo into power, and turn on your computer.

So, you have a freshly-rebooted network consisting purely of MODEM->BUFFALO->PC.

Can the PC get on the Internet?

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