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Enable Guest Mode on Ignite TV Modem/Router

jj59
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How to enable guest mode on new rogers Ignite TV modem/router?

 

 

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Re: Enable Guest Mode on Ignite TV Modem/Router

-G-
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@Eddiepet wrote:

Thanks RE-G-    That's much more enlightening.  I appreciate the extra explanation.   What's your opinion....am I going to get screwed by trying to run my own router without bridging?  Seems this XB6 service is always just one surprise after another as I dig into it.


If you need support for a guest network, the easiest way to accomplish this is to purchase an inexpensive Wi-Fi Access Point and use that to provide your guests with Internet connectivity.  A router that supports "AP mode" will suffice.  In that configuration you won't need to worry about any double-NAT issues, and revoking access or disabling the guest network when they leave is as easy as unplugging a power cord.  Use the Ignite gateway for connecting your own devices, and there is no need to enable Bridge Mode on the XB6.  One limitation of this solution is that you will not be able to "fence off" systems and devices on your home network from your guests.



Re: Enable Guest Mode on Ignite TV Modem/Router

Eddiepet
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@-G-    OK, thanks for that limitation.  I think that with the answers I've got so far, I've distilled the network topography to the following four options....before I call up and ask to switch over, am I missing any other options?  Maybe others will find the diagrams I built below worthwhile....I did.  Each comes with its own limitations and shortfalls, but I think cascading from #1 down will find me a solution before I get to #4.    Any issues? 

  1. Status quo, no Ignite
  2. Simple Hitron to Ignite gateway substitution without bridging
  3. Hitron to Ignite gateway substitution with bridging 
  4. Home network on Ignite, private password on personal guest network.

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Re: Enable Guest Mode on Ignite TV Modem/Router

-G-
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@Eddiepet When you enable Bridge Mode on the XB6, it disables WiFi for the internal network, so the Ignite set-top boxes would not be able to connect to the XB6 over WiFi and Option 3 would not function as diagrammed.  However, it is possible to connect the set-top boxes to your own router's Wi-Fi.

 

FYI, here's how my current configuration works: I have a router (running OpenWrt) and am using business-grade APs for Wi-Fi.  On that AP, I can set up multiple SSIDs on the 2.4 and 5GHz bands.

 

On my XB6, I initially set WiFi up and connect the Ignite set-top boxes.  While I have the opportunity to do so, I set WiFi channels in such a way that they minimize interference with channels that would be used in my immediate area.  That's a fully-supported configuration that I can fall back to whenever I require support from Rogers.

 

In my day-to-day configuration, I replicate that Rogers SSID on my own AP and run the XB6 bridged.  I also have other SSIDs set up on my APs.  When I put the XB6 into bridge mode, Wi-Fi gets disabled and the set-top boxes lose connectivity; I then enable the "Rogers SSID" on my APs, reboot the set-top boxes, and after they restart they simply connect to my AP.

 

If I should ever need support from Rogers, I disable the "Rogers SSID" on my APs, disable Bridge Mode on the XB6, reboot my set-top boxes, and I'm back to a Rogers-supported configuration; one that looks like Option 2 in your diagram.



Re: Enable Guest Mode on Ignite TV Modem/Router

jj59
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I thought even if you put it into bridge mode the XB6 still leaves it’s wifi on; or at least some “secret” wifi signals still on which can conflict with your primary wifi router??

Re: Enable Guest Mode on Ignite TV Modem/Router

Eddiepet
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@-G-   Thanks.  Sorry.....information is starting to melt together....I've read too many threads here lately (so I won't be able to find the reference), but I'm sure that a number of users have said that the set-top boxes continue to function wirelessly (on "hidden" SSIDs that stay on) even after wifi is disabled on the XB6 (i.e. "bridging").  Is this not the case?  Are we sure that we need to do the gymnastics to make them all take their signal from my personal wifi?