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I'm going to need quite a detailed response and perhaps some hardware examples for me to understand completely what i need to do.

I want a network in my bedroom. I want all of my personal devices to connect via Ethernet (WiFi too would be a plus) to a 'box' in my room. This will mean transfer rates within my room will be fast as i can transfer via Ethernet as well as WiFi.

I then want this 'box' to connect to the family bt infinity home hub downstairs. This is so everything connected to the 'box' in my room will be able to 1) connect to the internet, and 2) interact and share files with devices connected to the home hub as if all of the devices were connected to the one hub.

The 'box' can not be connected to the hub via wire or power line adapter. So they need to connect wirelessly.

I need to port forward for the Minecraft server that will be connected to the 'box' in my room.

How can i achieve all of this? Once again, i will need some hardware examples and more detailed responses to know what i'm doing. 'You need a switch' isn't very helpful to me.

Thank you.

asked Feb 24 '13 at 13:53

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to avoid compatibility issues, you will need to basically make the second router into a bridge.

There are 2 ways to do this based on the router's functionality.

The first and simplest way is to check if the router has a bridge mode, if so then when you connect it to the main network, everything will act as if it were directly connected to the bt infinity

another method though slightly more complex (still extremely easy to do). If the router does not have a dedicated bridge mode, then you can disable the DHCP server in the router, then change the LAN IP of the router like 1 number higher (eg will become After that, on the main router, you change the DHCP start to be 1 number higher (to avoid IP conflicts), eg 2-254 will become 3-254.

after that, you connect any of the LAN port (Not the WAN) from the second router, to a LAN port of the first router, and this will create a transparent bridge.

If this is not clear enough, I can take pictures of a physical setup of this, but for a software setup, I will need to know your various routers (and if it is not a standard/ common UI, I will need to find another way to guide you through the setup)

if you need a wireless bridge, then you will either need a router with a wireless bridge feature, or a router that supports 3rd party firmware like tomato and that will allow for a transparent bridge over wifi (while also acting as a wireless access point) (when doing wireless bridging, only 1 router needs to support it, it will simply show up as a client on the main router but the bridging will still be transparent)

answered Feb 24 '13 at 20:51

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edited Feb 24 '13 at 21:16

i currently haven't got the second router.

A big part of what i need is that the routers connect to each other wirelessly.

Any router suggestions?

(Feb 25 '13 at 11:55) Zorbeen98 Zorbeen98's gravatar image

You'd need to replace the HomeHub to do this, I tried it in the past with no luck

(Feb 25 '13 at 13:40) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

in that case then for a low cost but more involved solution, you can get a router that supports dd-wrt or tomato (though you will currently be limited to 802.11n (while some 802.11ac routers support dd-wrt and tomato, they tend to already have wireless bridging functions)

For the simplest way possible (at least in my experience, you can look for a netgear router that offers wireless bridging ( I like netgears implementation because it is a 2 step process where you just enter in the SSID and password and it does the rest)

I will try some of my older routers and update their firmware to see if they have proper bridging support.

(if you are okay with 3rd party firmware and doing more steps, you can go with a router like the WNR3500l http://www.amazon.com/Netgear-WNR3500L-Gigabit-Wireless-Router/dp/B002RYYZZS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361924840&sr=8-1&keywords=wnr3500l

and then install tomato and then set the router to wireless bridge and it will simply connect to the main router as if it were a client, but then all of the wired computers connected to the second router will show up as wired computers on the main router as the second router will essentially become a transparent bridge/ switch.

if any of my old 802.11n routers have wireless bridging in their stock firmware, then I will edit my main answer and add them and also post pictures.

(Feb 26 '13 at 19:29) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

Here is a video showing the bridge process with dd-wrt http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=vS-Jk-v0Aaw#t=75s

and here is a list of supported routers for dd-wrt (tomato does not have a centralized support list since it relies more on many different developers in the community to port tomato over to different routers


(Feb 26 '13 at 20:55) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

It's not easily done with the BT Home Hub. I'm using Infinity myself and I've personally replaced the Hub with another router.

Ideally what you need is two routers of the same model that support bridging as well as VDSL internet in one of them.

Would replacing the Home Hub be an option for you?

answered Feb 24 '13 at 14:21

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Tim Fontana

I'd rather not tbh, parents don't like me changing stuff :p

(Feb 24 '13 at 15:27) Zorbeen98 Zorbeen98's gravatar image

Then really, there isn't much way, the Home Hub doesn't support wireless bridging, your best bet would be an ethernet cable to be fair

(Feb 24 '13 at 15:36) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image
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