Using the Ignite TV Modem/Gateway in Bridge Mode

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Re: Using the Ignite TV Modem/Gateway in Bridge Mode

Before I make the leap to Ignite:

I would still like to keep using a couple of wired desktop computers that don't have WiFi.

Using Gateway Mode, can I plug my TP-Link 8 port unmanaged switch into the modem's LAN port and then plug my 2 desktop computers into the Switch? Would they work well?

I would use the modem's WiFi this way, remove my router from the network, making things simple and using a Rogers supported configuration.

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Re: Using the Ignite TV Modem/Gateway in Bridge Mode

That should work.  However, if you run a NAS, or swap files between computers, the modem might not play as well as your router.  So, that is something to look for.  

 

There is also the question of differences in the wifi performance between the modem and the router.  That really depends on the age of the router and the features that you use, which might not be found in the modem.  

 

So the short answer is yes it should work, but, look for differences in use and performance in order to arrive at any conclusion as to which is better. 



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Re: Using the Ignite TV Modem/Gateway in Bridge Mode


@jani7 wrote:

Before I make the leap to Ignite:

I would still like to keep using a couple of wired desktop computers that don't have WiFi.

Using Gateway Mode, can I plug my TP-Link 8 port unmanaged switch into the modem's LAN port and then plug my 2 desktop computers into the Switch? Would they work well?

I would use the modem's WiFi this way, remove my router from the network, making things simple and using a Rogers supported configuration.


I agree, that should work.  The Rogers install tech can probably also provide you with a small LAN switch as well at no charge.



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Re: Using the Ignite TV Modem/Gateway in Bridge Mode

I want to post an update to say "my issues have been resolved" (yahoo). Thank you to this forum and all of the very helpful members who did help a lot (even though I was frustrated)   😉

 

The solution was not 100% what I originally intended, and honestly, I'm just happy it's consistently working now. I had to reset the Ignite modem and leave bridge mode turned off (basically I didn't tweak this from the reset default). Essentially I'm running two networks, where one is exclusively for the Ignite Modem & my Ignite TV boxes only, and then I have a second network where my Wifi/router/firewall is serving + protecting the rest of my private LAN devices. Everything has been solid with no internet disconnects, TV signals have been solid, and my kids are not complaining! That was the most challenging part. Essentially don't enable bridge mode and if desired, just disable the 2.4/5GHz networks within Ignite so you can continue to use your own private WiFi setup. Thanks again & hope this helps others.

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Re: Using the Ignite TV Modem/Gateway in Bridge Mode

Glad to hear you got everything working fine, but we don't know exactly how amidst all these dire warnings of instability and lack of support! And are completely confused. Perhaps plug your router ethernet into the LAN port on the modem but don't enable bridge mode and that's all there is to it?

 

Then  if desired, you say just disable the 2.4/5GHz networks in  Ignite? So after that is done, the Ignite TV is supposed to work just fine? I truly don't understand!

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Re: Using the Ignite TV Modem/Gateway in Bridge Mode

@-20  I was re-reading your previous posts, including this one in another thread.  Before you got things working again, what did your previous configuration look like?  If it was something like:

 

XB6 (in bridge mode) --- LAN Switch --- Ignite TV set-top boxes + Router (connected either to switch port or to XB6 LAN port #2)

 

... then that would explain why you were running into all of these problems.  With Bridge Mode enabled on the XB6, your set-top boxes (along with your router) would have all been connected directly to the public Internet, not behind a firewall/router.  So... not only would your set-top boxes have been totally unprotected (and NOT meant to be connected this way) but you are also limited as to how many MAC addresses can obtain public IP addresses and access the public Internet directly, so all of your devices would have been constantly losing connectivity.