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Trying to turn a Linksys WRT54GS into a hub


I've been trying for some time now to switch my router which has been cauing my PS3 problems online, from NAT type 3 to 2 with little success. The most consistance method I've seen across the internet is to set up a DMZ with my router (a linksys WRT54GS), however this has not solved the issue.

Last night I came upon this forum post ( in which it was discovered that the problem arose because the modem provided by a person's ISP was also functioning as a router, and thus the solution was to turn the Linksys router into a hub/access point. When I folowed the instruction to plug the modem/router into a different port on the Linksys however, I was not successful, as when I attempted it I couldn't get access to the internet.

My modem/router provided by ISP TalkTalk is a SmartAX MT882. If there are any other details you need I can easily provide them, but if you would give me simple instructions on how to obtain them i would be very grateful.


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  • jonathanport Nov 22, 2008

    Sorry, when I do this I can no longer connect to the internet, perhaps if I give you more details we can be more successful? (I'd like to apologize in advance for my lack of technical knowledge)

    When I went to the IP address you specified ( I was at the SmartAX MT882 settings. The tabs you described did not exist, they did however exist on the Linksys router's settings (which were found at IP adress It is the SmartAX which is connected to the Internet, and the linksys (complete with 4 ethernet ports) which I wish to use only as a switch with wireless access point.

    Also I was confused by your step 4, does this mean there's no need for me to physically change the ethernet port it's plugged into?

    Sorry if this response is posted in the wrong place, I'm new to this service and was not sure exactly where it should be posted. Forgive me for holding off on rating you until we find a solution.

  • jonathanport Nov 23, 2008

    Yes the Linksys's IP adress is The SmartAX device is plugged into the Ethernet port marked "Internet" on the Lynksys router, from the only Ehternet port on the SmartAX.

    I shall attempt your solution again.

  • jonathanport Nov 24, 2008

    Ah! Excellent, I've made the changes and everything is now working as it should. Just one more question, how do I access the Linksys device now if I wanted to change its settings? Its original IP address no longer works...


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Oh okay. So your Linksys router has an IP address of How is the SmartAX device connected to the Linksys router? Which port of the Linksys router did you connect the SmartAX device?

The steps 1-5 which I have mentioned should be applied to the Linksys router.

Hope this helps!

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  1. If you want to set the router to work only as a switch with wireless access point, you may need to get into its setup page and adjust some settings.
  2. Using a computer that is wired directly to one of the router's Ethernet ports, launch IE and type It is the default IP address of the router. Then it will open a window, asking for a username and password. By default, there is no username and the password is admin.
  3. Once you're in the router's User Interface, look for a sub tab called "Advanced Routing" under the main tab SETUP. Then set router mode to "Router" instead of Gateway. In some router's, the choice there is NAT enable or disable. If it is the one showing there instead of Router mode, then set NAT to disable. Click Save settings which is located at the bottom portion of the screen.
  4. Then click on "Basic Setup" and then disable DHCP server. Save the settings then.
  5. Then your modem now will be connected to one of the 4 Ethernet ports of the router.
Hope this helps!

Posted on Nov 21, 2008

  • Jannette Amandy Nov 23, 2008

    If the Linksys router will be set to work only as a switch with wireless access point, then the SmartAX device shoould be connected to one of the Ethernet ports of the Linksys router. So, after doing the steps I have given you, connect your SmartAX router to one of the Ethernet ports of the Linksys router.

    Please update me about this.

  • Jannette Amandy Nov 24, 2008

    Should you wish to access the Linksys router's setup page, then you may need to assign a Static IP address to the computer you will use. This is because, all your computers are getting their IP address from the SmartAX router. So, if you want to access the Linksys router's setup page, an IP address that is on the same segment as your Linksys router will be assigned "for the meantime" to the computer you will use.

    To assign a Static IP address to the PC:

    1. Go to Control Panel>Network connections.

    2. Right click on Local Area Connections and then click Properties.

    3. Look for Internet Protocol TCP/IP. Select it then click Properties.

    4. By default, TCP/IP is set to dynamic IP or Obtain IP Address Automatically. Select Use the Following IP address.

    5. Set the IP address to and Subnet mask is

    6. You may leave Default Gateway and DNS servers blank.

    7. Just click OK all the way out and you should be able to access Linksys Router's Setup page.

    8. When you're finish doing the changes you want to do in your Linksys router, go back to Control Panel>Network Connections>Local Area Connection>Properties.

    9. Select TCP/IP then properties and set IP address and DNS servers to Obtain.

    Hope this helps!


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