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.
Answer by Razor512 · Feb 24, 2013 at 10:51 PM
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 192.168.1.1 will become 192.168.1.2). 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)
Answer by Tim Fontana · Feb 24, 2013 at 04:21 PM
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?