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How to setup my wireless network using BT Home Hub and Buffalo Wireless Router?

BioNet_Boy asked
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Last Modified: 2012-08-14
I have a BT Home Hub at home but the wireless on it quite frankly is rubbish for my house. So I have a Buffalo Wireless Router at home that I am now using to transmit the wireless signal around the house.

I have disabled the wireless on the Home Hub but I am having major problems with my setup - the wireless connection to the Buffalo router is always good but the internet connection is very intermitant and I have come to the conclusion that I have something wrong in the setup between the home hub (modem) and the Buffalo router.

Currently this is what is happening:
The home home is on the ip range and the buffalo router is using the range . The buffalo router is connected to the home hub via ethernet and I think the DHCP is enable on both the modem and the buffalo router.  I do get internet connections working but again it is very intermittant and not related to the router connectivity.

Should I be forwarding everything from the modem directly to the router and turning off DHCP on the home hub? Or should I be doing something completely different - I know an easier option would be to buy a modem/router combo but quite frankly do not have the spare cash at the minute.


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Here is what you want to do.  On the buffalo, disable DHCP, and do NOT plug the ethernet connection from the home hub into the "internet" or "WAN" connection on the buffalo.  You need to connect the two devices together using the common switch ports.  This will bascially make the buffalo just a wireless access point, which is what you are wanting.  That way, all of your PC's will get an IP from the home hub, which is actually what is providing the internet access.

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