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September 1, 2013 10:52:18 AM

I purchased a asus RTN65U router to place into my network set up in hopes of keep in a more consistent wireless signal in the house. I need some guidance with the set up, although I did talk with asus on this. The modem I have is a actiontec WT704G. This particular model does not have a WAN port, it only has 4 LAN ports. The ISP comes into the modem via a standard phone line. Is it possible that I can connect the cable from a LAN on the actiontec to the WAN on the asus and then LAN on asus to my network cable on my desktop? From there asus explained I have to change the IP address etc.

Please clarify any of the above or put me on the correct path. Can I use this modem with the asus? Thanks
September 1, 2013 11:09:03 AM

Here's a standard setup for such connection:
1)Modem connects to internet via phone line
2)Router is connected to modem via ethernet cable on WAN port
3)Devices are connected to router via LAN ports or WiFi network.

Just make sure you setup correct ip's and subnets so that your router can access internet of your modem , and you are ready to connect to router with any device.
Usually modem and router comes with DHCP server which will assign ip to other devices so you will have to setup two subnets starting form 192.168.X.X for modem and other for router from their interface , just setup those and get reference from manual how to do it.
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September 1, 2013 11:28:56 AM

Thanks for the quick reply. I just want to confirm, since the modem has no WAN, I take the cable from the modem out of a modem LAN port & then into the WAN port on the asus router correct?


mx_mp210 said:
Here's a standard setup for such connection:
1)Modem connects to internet via phone line
2)Router is connected to modem via ethernet cable on WAN port
3)Devices are connected to router via LAN ports or WiFi network.

Just make sure you setup correct ip's and subnets so that your router can access internet of your modem , and you are ready to connect to router with any device.
Usually modem and router comes with DHCP server which will assign ip to other devices so you will have to setup two subnets starting form 192.168.X.X for modem and other for router from their interface , just setup those and get reference from manual how to do it.


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September 1, 2013 11:36:17 AM

thelongfive said:
Thanks for the quick reply. I just want to confirm, since the modem has no WAN, I take the cable from the modem out of a modem LAN port & then into the WAN port on the asus router correct?



Hold up....
The ActionTec also appears to be a router as well as modem. So to use another router in the chain, you have to disable several properties on one of them.
DHCP, firewall, etc.
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September 1, 2013 11:39:54 AM

yes the actiontech is both a router & modem and it performs poorly from a wireless perspective hence my reason to try to stabilize everything with the asus. I wasnt aware that there'd be more involved with it now.....Hmmm, what to do
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September 1, 2013 11:47:42 AM

thelongfive said:
yes the actiontech is both a router & modem and it performs poorly from a wireless perspective hence my reason to try to stabilize everything with the asus. I wasnt aware that there'd be more involved with it now.....Hmmm, what to do


What you want to do can probably work, but it's not as simple as just plugging the other one in. They will be trying to perform the same functions.

Basically, you'll turn your new router into an Access Point.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/36406-43-convert-wire...

What type of net service do you have? DSL/Cable/FiOS?
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September 1, 2013 11:50:40 AM

thelongfive said:
Thanks for the quick reply. I just want to confirm, since the modem has no WAN, I take the cable from the modem out of a modem LAN port & then into the WAN port on the asus router correct?


mx_mp210 said:
Here's a standard setup for such connection:
1)Modem connects to internet via phone line
2)Router is connected to modem via ethernet cable on WAN port
3)Devices are connected to router via LAN ports or WiFi network.

Just make sure you setup correct ip's and subnets so that your router can access internet of your modem , and you are ready to connect to router with any device.
Usually modem and router comes with DHCP server which will assign ip to other devices so you will have to setup two subnets starting form 192.168.X.X for modem and other for router from their interface , just setup those and get reference from manual how to do it.




Yeah I meant to connect LAN cable from modem to WAN port of the asus router , in asus router there's one different port which is called WAN port , it connects to modem.
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September 1, 2013 11:59:09 AM

Thanks for the link.....I'll take a look. We have VZ DSL service, we're in too rural an area for VZ to even consider running FiOS, even though we are in a relatively new development with all underground utilities and you'd have thought it would have a prime opportunity to bring FiOS in. Oh well
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September 1, 2013 12:00:03 PM

USAFRet said:
thelongfive said:
Thanks for the quick reply. I just want to confirm, since the modem has no WAN, I take the cable from the modem out of a modem LAN port & then into the WAN port on the asus router correct?



Hold up....
The ActionTec also appears to be a router as well as modem. So to use another router in the chain, you have to disable several properties on one of them.
DHCP, firewall, etc.

To use another router you don't need to disable these things, In fact they will provide additional security to the user unless user wants to port-forward for specific services. It'll work perfectly , it's just like adding router in place of a computer which connects to modem and manages the network it provides as long as modem allows router to utilize internet connection it gets form service provider.
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September 1, 2013 12:01:46 PM

thelongfive said:
Thanks for the link.....I'll take a look. We have VZ DSL service, we're in too rural an area for VZ to even consider running FiOS, even though we are in a relatively new development with all underground utilities and you'd have thought it would have a prime opportunity to bring FiOS in. Oh well


Right. So what you want to do is turn OFF most of the functions of the existing ActionTec. Let the new router obtain a static IP from the ActionTec. Maybe 192.168.1.2. The Asus will then serve up DHCP addresses to your downstream devices.
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September 1, 2013 12:18:54 PM

Thanks for the information everyone. Let me digest it, review the link provided and see if I need some more assistance. Thanks!
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