Hey fellow forum users. If anyone is willing to help me with this, it would be appreciated.
I am wanting to make a 'bridged mode setup guide', pretty much one thread, which goes
"smc - how to"
"Cisco - how to"
"hitron - how to"
And would also put in a 4th section, of the alternative of how to set up your own router as just an access point as well.
As i have general knoledge, i havent done the setup myself on all the models, i am asking for your help/input. Pretty much just step by step instructions, login, this page, change this, reboot... as detailed as possible.
This way we have an easy spot for reference for users comming in to point to - will be requesting it to be stickied at the top of the forum.
Yes i understand that this shouldnt be necessary, etc.. they should offer d3 modems, etc. I dont want to get into that in this thread 🙂 Its more to collectively get this together to be able to help other users with setting it up.
Please feel free to reply here, or PM me with the info.
I look forward to your input.
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I just came across guides for bridging all of rogers' routers through the tech support search engine. Have a look:
I hope this helps; made an account just to share the link.
I have done this a few times with my SMC D3GN gateway (hated the wifi dropped connections all the time) so I'm pretty comfortable in at least this model.
The steps to set to bridge mode on SMCD3GN gateway:
1. In a web browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox) type 192.168.0.1 in address bar.
2. Default login information on the gateway is username: CUSADMIN and password: <BLANK>
3. On the left hand side of page you'll see TOOLS, click on it.
4. In this page there is a simple check box labelled "Turn off Commercial gateway functions", check it, then click apply.
5. Your modem will now reboot itself, if all went accordingly your computer will no longer have a LAN IP (192.168.0.xxx) but a Rogers IP (I don't know Rogers IP range but usually it starts off with 99.x.x.x)
Bridge mode would be active now (no wifi capabilities and minimal router functionality)
nice write up of the procedure. As Gdkitty initiated the thread, I am sure he will respond too.
In your point 5 you mention that: "...Your modem will now reboot itself, if all went accordingly your computer will no longer have a LAN IP (192.168.0.xxx) but a Rogers IP (I don't know Rogers IP range but usually it starts off with 99.x.x.x)..."
Just to clarify: your setup for bridging the modem here is with (only) a PC connected directly to the SMC D3GN gateway, presumably by ethernet cable to a LAN port. In that case, as you have described it, once bridging of the SMC is done it is the PC ethernet interface that has the Rogers-assigned IP address parameters, whatever they may be.
The approach you describe is IMHO the simplest and hence the best way to perform the bridging operation initially. Once your procedure has successfully been completed and tested/verified as working, then the next step would be to proceed with the addition of the external router to the network.
Once the external router has been configured and inserted between the PC and the SMC bridged modem, the external router WAN interface will then be configured with the Rogers-assigned IP address parameters. The LAN side of the external router will have a subnet address range of 192.168.nnn.nnn, depending on the router type and its factory defaults. Of course the factory default LAN IP address range can be changed if desired.
This approach seems to be a good template for adding an external router to the other Rogers D3 modem/gateway products.
Thanks again for your participation and contribution to this project.
I wont argue that fact.
The devices, FAR from live up to what is advertised.
Now.. i understand they cant cover EVERY scenario... If they said "covers the whole house" and it covered a 2000sq/ft home.. i would say that its living up to what it says it can do... anything biger? might not... but that could happen with a 3rd party one if the house is big enough.
Unfortunately, they barely cover the range of a 2 bedroom appartment.
I agree, that it shouldnt be necessary.
BUT... there are people like myself.. where Rogers is the ONLY service in town really (I can get DSL, but at 6mb/s MAX), only 3rd party are DSL coverage only with same restrictions.
Until rogers does descide to make a change on the hardware choices.. these things, etc, are here to help people with that.
1st; Disable wireless
2nd: In the initilization screen, Click Status > Capability.
in this screen Disable Residential Gateway and UPnP.
Modem will reboot and you will be in bridged mode.
Plug router in Lan1 and your set to go.
Worked for me.
Thank you for thinking of doing this write up.
I recently got the Hitron(don't remember the model, there used to be only one, but found out yesterday from Rogers that a new one is out now).
I have been using the Wireless in that in a 2200 sq ft home and the signal strength is a little less sometimes than my ASUS NT-13U router. I connected my computer to the old router as I have an external drive connected to it.
Initially the speedtest.net speeds over Hitron wifi were better, but off late I am noticing my ASUS router beats it handily in Download speeds, but uploads speeds are better on the Hitron. I have an express and get 16 mbps down and 1 mbps on my Asus while 5/2 on the Hitron.
So that begs the question, does putting the Hitron help data to pass smothly from Hitron to my wifi router. What if I just disable the Wifi in Hitron by not transmitting the signal, is it same as putting it in bridged mode. And finally, can we go back to disabling the bridged mode on the Hitron once we enable it ?
Yes you can.
Havent posted the guide.. as i havent got full instructions from other modem owners yet 😛
But inside it, on one of the sections, should be something that says "disable all commercial gateway functions" or something similar.
you will want to go in there.. and click apply. While its rebooting, unplug all from it, other than the router you want to connect to it.
I dont really think there IS a way to do it, without reseting and re bridging.
Currently, with it in bridged.. a modem period (weither the gateway bridged or a regular modem), will lock into the mac address of the first device plugged into it, after its reset.
This is likely what has happened.
Bar going in, and getting the mac address of your old router, and doing mac address cloning on the new one, etc...
Its just as easy to reset the gateway, and re-force it into bridged, and then when the new one connects to it for the first time, will lock onto that one.
Hoding the reset on it, should reset the unit back to factory defaults.
From there, you should be in gateway mode, and should be able to log into it, and then reset it to bridged mode.
(the specifics on how/where.. i am not positive.. as i dont have that unit).
If you are stuck on this.. you can call rogers, and they can do it over the phone for you.
When they do the reset.. make sure that EVERYTHING is unpluged from the gateway.
I would do the same hard reset on your new router.. make sure its a blank slate as well.
Know what the default login address is for it (from the manual, etc) like 192.168.0.1 and the login/password.
Then plug that one in, and it SHOULD be the first thing it picks up, and assigns its address to, etc.
Then login to the new router, and set it all up.
Beyond that.. always remember you can do the hard reset on the gateway, and get it back into gateway mode, to get internet access.