Change TP Link Modem into Bridged Router

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  1. Posts : 1,277
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    Change TP Link Modem into Bridged Router


    I have an ADSL TP Link Archer D9 modem that has 2X bandwidth for the N (2.4 MHz) range Wifi network and pretty decent range for the AC (5 MHz) network .

    Recently my land line was upgraded to VDSL standard so as I went on to research available VDSL modems I got to realize that most do not focus much on the N range but rather try to improve the AC one significantly or if having a good N range they do not support the AC range at all and the ones that come to offer a near blend to what I have are insanely priced .

    I need the N range because I have several smart TVs and TV boxes that do not support the AC standard and having a good bandwidth allow them to work simultaneously with less load time .

    So I kind of thought then why don't i just get myself a normal VDSL modem , use a network wire as a bridge to connect it to my old ADSL modem then use it as a router to do all the Wifi networking I am used to .

    The only draw back is that i am not quite sure of how to setup the ADSL router to do that so I may need directions to a proper forum or any hints from someone who have a similar setting .
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  3. Posts : 17,347
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    This is just the opposite of what @nIGHTmAYOR wants to do. Bridge mode will activate the modem part only and deactivate the router part so a separate router can be connected to the modem of the TP Link unit. @nIGHTmAYOR wants to deactivate the modem part and use the TP Link unit as a router only.

    Unfortunately @nIGHTmAYOR you can't do what you want to do with the TP Link Archer D9 modem because to work in router mode only it needs a WAN port and the WAN port of that unit is internal and permanently connected to the modem.
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  4. Posts : 1,277
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    NavyLCDR said:
    This is just the opposite of what @nIGHTmAYOR wants to do. Bridge mode will activate the modem part only and deactivate the router part so a separate router can be connected to the modem of the TP Link unit. @nIGHTmAYOR wants to deactivate the modem part and use the TP Link unit as a router only.

    Unfortunately @nIGHTmAYOR you can't do what you want to do with the TP Link Archer D9 modem because to work in router mode only it needs a WAN port and the WAN port of that unit is internal and permanently connected to the modem.
    is that like a 100% certain thing ? I can see multiple options under networking that seems interesting :

    Like interface grouping where it has something called VLAN and grouped WAN Interfaces

    Also Advanced Routing & IPSec VPN , where can't maybe the TP Link Router connect to the VDSL router through LAN as a VPN connection ?

    What am I to look for exactly to know if its possible or not ?
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  5. Posts : 17,347
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    Good news is that I was wrong, apparently. Look on the back of the unit. There should be a WAN Ethernet port. You will need to plug in a CAT 5e or CAT 6 cable from that WAN port to your new modem. Then look in firmware settings to change the mode to Access Point, not bridge.
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    Thread Starter
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    NavyLCDR said:
    Good news is that I was wrong, apparently. Look on the back of the unit. There should be a WAN Ethernet port. You will need to plug in a CAT 5e or CAT 6 cable from that WAN port to your new modem. Then look in firmware settings to change the mode to Access Point, not bridge.
    i cant see an access point but i do see a "Wireless Router Mode" option in Operation Mode section vs "DSL Modem Router Mode", could that be it ? so all i need to do is plug in the cad cable in this WAN marked LAN port and switch to wireless router mode and its up ?
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  7. Posts : 6,965
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    Its realy very simple. connect the old router via lan port to a lan port on the new router. make sure the two routers are in the same ip range but different ie 192.168.1. on the old router disable dhcp and ensure the new one has dhcp enabled thats it your done
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  8. Posts : 17,347
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    nIGHTmAYOR said:
    i cant see an access point but i do see a "Wireless Router Mode" option in Operation Mode section vs "DSL Modem Router Mode", could that be it ? so all i need to do is plug in the cad cable in this WAN marked LAN port and switch to wireless router mode and its up ?
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    Samuria said:
    Its realy very simple. connect the old router via lan port to a lan port on the new router. make sure the two routers are in the same ip range but different ie 192.168.1. on the old router disable dhcp and ensure the new one has dhcp enabled thats it your done
    @nIGHTmAYOR doesn't want to change routers. He wants to change modems.
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  10. Posts : 6,965
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    Router or modem work the same
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