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How do I slave my Linksys EA4500 to my "Connection Hub" from Bell (Canadian ISP) for increased strength/range?

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February 25, 2014 12:37:52 PM

I recently switched my modem after roughly 10 years to a new "Connection Hub" from Bell. With my old modem, I bought a Linksys EA4500 in order to get faster speeds (which it did), but now with my new Connection Hub, I wish to slave it to the Hub. I attempted using the thread found here:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/33700-42-ultimate-mod...
Sadly it did not work for me since I could not follow it/understand what he was trying to say. If someone could explain how to slave it since I now have two networks up and I just wish to combine them into one. Thanks!
February 25, 2014 1:29:05 PM

Wow yea thats a little to in depth about other stuff as well.

So this Connection Hub is also a router/modem combo correct? If so what you want to do is turn off the DHCP on the Linksys. Heres how to do what you need to do.

1) with your PC connected to the Main router go to the command prompt and type in

ipconfig
nd enter.

Look for your ip settings. Should be like

192.168.1.XXX, 192.168.0.XXX 10.0.0.XXX 172.0.0.XXX or something similar to that. What you want to do is look at the Gateway. Which will most likely either be .1 or .254 at the end. So lets say its 192.168.1.254. Now this will work on if its .1 ro 192.168.0.254 or anything.

Now unplug from the Hub and then into the new linksys router. Do the same thing as before. This time you want to take the gateway IP and put it into your browser so that you can login to the router. If you have done this before then you know what to do and should know what the default password or password you have changed it to. If you haven't done this or someone else has done this and you don't know what the password is then let me know and we can reset it. Otherwise usually the default user name is admin and the default password is password or admin.

Then once logged it i'm pretty sure you want to go to conectivity sections. You want to find the where the DHCP server settings are and you want to turn DHCP OFF. Then for the IP of the router make it what ever your IP scheme is so in the example its 192.168.1.254 for the hub router. Make the ip address 192.168.1.250 for the router. Then all you need to do is save it and/or change any settings you want for the wireless.
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February 25, 2014 2:47:41 PM

drtweak said:
Wow yea thats a little to in depth about other stuff as well.

So this Connection Hub is also a router/modem combo correct? If so what you want to do is turn off the DHCP on the Linksys. Heres how to do what you need to do.

1) with your PC connected to the Main router go to the command prompt and type in

ipconfig
nd enter.

Look for your ip settings. Should be like

192.168.1.XXX, 192.168.0.XXX 10.0.0.XXX 172.0.0.XXX or something similar to that. What you want to do is look at the Gateway. Which will most likely either be .1 or .254 at the end. So lets say its 192.168.1.254. Now this will work on if its .1 ro 192.168.0.254 or anything.

Now unplug from the Hub and then into the new linksys router. Do the same thing as before. This time you want to take the gateway IP and put it into your browser so that you can login to the router. If you have done this before then you know what to do and should know what the default password or password you have changed it to. If you haven't done this or someone else has done this and you don't know what the password is then let me know and we can reset it. Otherwise usually the default user name is admin and the default password is password or admin.

Then once logged it i'm pretty sure you want to go to conectivity sections. You want to find the where the DHCP server settings are and you want to turn DHCP OFF. Then for the IP of the router make it what ever your IP scheme is so in the example its 192.168.1.254 for the hub router. Make the ip address 192.168.1.250 for the router. Then all you need to do is save it and/or change any settings you want for the wireless.


Thanks for the response!
This is the "Connection Hub" by the way, http://support.bell.ca/Internet/Products/Connection-Hub so I do believe that its a modem (sorry, not very experienced in this area of expertise).
Thankfully from the other thread I'm familiar with the ip-addresses of both routers and their administrative websites, but I still have a few questions/issues:
Does the DHCP have anything to do with the "Subnet mask" or should I leave that alone?
When I attempt to input/change the ip address of the slave router with the ip address of the Main, it states that the ip address is invalid.
Here is a screen shot of the DHCP and the ip address input: http://imgur.com/3X4jf9I
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February 25, 2014 5:23:29 PM

1) That is a Router/Modem Combo. It also manages your TV and Phone if you have it.

2) DON"T make the IP of the linksys the same as the Hub!

3) The Subnet should be the same which should be 255.255.255.0. And the DHCP relies on the Subnet not the otherway around. The subnet tells the DHCP how many IP address its can use. So if you have a 255.255.255.248 Then you have 255-248 IP address to use. If its 255.255.255.0 then its 255-0 or 255 IP address it can use (This inclues the IP address of 0 as in 192.168.1.0 which you can't use because thats the IP address of the Network it self actually)

So what is the IP address of your HUB? If its 192.168.2.1 you cant use it. Use 192.168.2.254 for the linksys if its .1 the subnet should be 255.255.255.0 which is what your HUB should also be set to.
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February 25, 2014 6:43:05 PM

drtweak said:
1) That is a Router/Modem Combo. It also manages your TV and Phone if you have it.

2) DON"T make the IP of the linksys the same as the Hub!

3) The Subnet should be the same which should be 255.255.255.0. And the DHCP relies on the Subnet not the otherway around. The subnet tells the DHCP how many IP address its can use. So if you have a 255.255.255.248 Then you have 255-248 IP address to use. If its 255.255.255.0 then its 255-0 or 255 IP address it can use (This inclues the IP address of 0 as in 192.168.1.0 which you can't use because thats the IP address of the Network it self actually)

So what is the IP address of your HUB? If its 192.168.2.1 you cant use it. Use 192.168.2.254 for the linksys if its .1 the subnet should be 255.255.255.0 which is what your HUB should also be set to.

My bad, didnt mean to pick that as the best solution

This is the Hub's interface http://i.imgur.com/C2M0uMA.png
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February 26, 2014 10:33:54 AM

Alright so yea make the IP 192.168.2.254 with the 255.255.255.0 subnet for the Linksys. Then connect a cable from the LAN port on the HUB to a LAN port on the Linksys. NOT THE WAN PORT!

Then you can just go to the router by the ip address of 192.168.2.254 and configure the wireless or anything else you want like you normally would. You can also Disable the firewall on the Linksys if you have touble with games and what not when connected to that router because the HUB has its own firewall as well.
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February 26, 2014 5:24:39 PM

drtweak said:
Alright so yea make the IP 192.168.2.254 with the 255.255.255.0 subnet for the Linksys. Then connect a cable from the LAN port on the HUB to a LAN port on the Linksys. NOT THE WAN PORT!

Then you can just go to the router by the ip address of 192.168.2.254 and configure the wireless or anything else you want like you normally would. You can also Disable the firewall on the Linksys if you have touble with games and what not when connected to that router because the HUB has its own firewall as well.


Thanks! Quick question, do I need to keep them always connected through Ethernet cable after configuring them (while conjoined by cable) or will it stop being a slave router if I disconnect it and move it to somewhere more preferable in the house?
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February 27, 2014 10:33:49 AM

Yes you have to have them connected at all time. It a firmware like DDWRT isn't supported for your linksys so you can turn it into a repeater or anything like that. If you have cat5 running around the house you can plug it into that as long as it gets plugged into the Lan on the linksys and Lan on the HUB. Where i live we got the main FIOS router in the houses owners room which has a cable running to a switch in his closet where all the cables for all the rooms come into (Whose was prewired) and then it goes to my room to my 8 Port Gigabit switch and then to my Belkin which has DDWRT setup and i use it as a Access Point
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