Hola to all,
I have fought with this setup for a month and still cannot come up with a configuration that works reliabably. Looking for some pointers on config of the routers and/or network layout!
1) Basic layout:
- ISP Cable Modem
- Feeds Asus NT-16 OpenVPN based router running Tomato, Wireless /n only. Set to 192.168.11.5, Channel 6
- Feeds a Zyxel PLA-400 Powerline system through a/c house wiring
- The main room has the Zyxel PLA-400 4-port switch main connection point. Connections are-
- Port 1 feeds Main PC
- Port 2 feeds Buffalo Wireless n/g only, no hardwired connections. Set to 192.168.11.1, Channel 1
- Port 3 feeds Cisco WRT310N /b only, no hardwired connections. Set to 192.168.11.3, Channel 11
- Port 4 feeds a 8-port netgear switch to connect a whole variety of Internet connected devices
The wireless system is used weekly for a large group of wireless users, whom I want to give max speeds. I have a single (but critical!) wireless /b device in the house that cannot use g/n, so dedicate the Cisco router to it.
Ideally, I would like to have all the devices on the same subnet, so I can easily administer the routers on the main PC. To this end I have tried Client mode bridged, Repeater mode bridged, but simply cannot get it to all smoothly work.
I would like everything to go through the Asus VPN router, as I live "out of region" and need the VPN engaged most of the time for most of the devices.
I don't need an automatic transfer between wireless routers when I take a portable device room to room; it would be nice but not critical.
I do have the two "slave" routers connected via their normal LAN port, not to the WAN port on each router.
Asus Router: Running Shibby Tomato VPN. It is working well, and I would like to have all devices be served DHCP from this router, if possible.
Buffalo Router: Running the factory "User Friendly Software". I could easily put Tomato or DD-WRT on it if those additional features are necessary to make this work.
Cisco Router: Running DD-WRT Mini. Seems to have the necessary functions to work as client or repeater.
The problems are simply connecting wireless devices to the Buffalo or Cisco routers. They show a connection intermittently in the main Asus router! Connections, when made, drop. Signal levels are good as all wireless is done in one room (except the Asus wireless, which is used little.
So there is the layout and present setup and basic problem. :)
Is there any fundamental networking reason this cannot be made to work reliably? Are my IP assignments incorrect? DHCP on only the Asus incorrect? Using two switches (Zyxel and Netgear) causing problems?
Would it really help to put Tomato on all the routers, other than just conformity??
I welcome any pointers, suggestions, ideas!