Install and Configure a resilient network @Home!

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A few weeks ago I posted a blog with a network design that can help you achieve better connectivity at your home. In this blog we will discuss the Installation and configuration of various devices use in that design.

High Level Network Design

Installation and configuration

Step1: Reset all your devices to factory defaults

The devices can be reset to factory defaults using the reset button. The location of this button varies for device and vendor.

Make sure to keep a note of DSL and PPOE credentials before following this step

Step2: Find the default IPs

You can find the default IP of the device by reading the device label usually located behind the device. A few examples below

Some modern routers might have a url instead of an IP. Well in that case you will need to connect a PC/Laptop/Phone to thatrouter and check the Default Gateway address getting assign to thePC/Laptop/Phone. Below are some useful KBs from various vendors. All the links below are using similar steps

  • http://blog.dlink.com/finding-your-routers-ip-address-2/
  • https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/faq/2392/
  • https://www.linksys.com/us/support-article?articleNum=132891

Keep a note of the default IPs they will be used in later steps

Step3: Eliminate IP address conflict

The design uses 4/5 routers listed below

  • FTH Modem (Presence subjected to ISP)
  • DSL Modem
  • 4g/5g Modem
  • Wan Load Balancer
  • WiFi Router

The devices in the above list come with a default IP address of 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1. Therefore they can not be plugged in without making minor changes to there configuration.

Step3a: Decide an IP Scheme

Now that we know the default IPs for all our devices. It’s time to choose new IP Scheme. This will help us eliminate the IP address conflicts. Below is the IP address scheme used by my network

  • FTH Modem:
    • Not Present, my ISP (ACT) provides the last mile connectivity using Cat6/RJ45 cable
  • DSL Modem:
    • IP Address 192.168.3.1
    • Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0
    • DHCP Enabled
    • WiFI disabled
  • 4g/5g Modem:
    • IP Address 192.168.2.1
    • Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0
    • DHCP Enabled
    • WiFI disabled
  • Wan Load Balancer:
    • IP Address 192.168.0.1
      • This device is using its default IP settings in my setup
    • Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0
    • DHCP Enabled
  • WiFi Router:
    • Set to Access Point mode
    • No IP configuration needed

Step4: Reconfigure the devices

DSL Modem:

  • Connect a PC/Laptop to your DSL Modem LAN Port
  • Follow the steps in the Video

4g/5g Modem:

  • Follow the steps in the Video

Wan Load Balancer:

  • Connect a PC/Laptop to your WAN Load Balancer LAN Port
    • Follow the steps in the Video

    WiFi Router:

    • Connect a PC/Laptop to your WiFi Router LAN Port

  • Follow the steps in the Video
  • The design can also be achieved using WiFi router that does not support Access Point Mode. Feel free to ask for help in comments in case you need those details.

    Step5: Connecting the routers together

    We are now ready to hook the devices together.

    Congratulation, you are done. No more hassle of manually switching between the networks.

    Just a few security tips,

    Remember to change the default credentials for all the devices, Unless you are happy to share your network with the girl/guy next door 😉 and Hackers

    – Remember to disable Wifi on your DSL and 4g/5g Modem

    Remember to change the default Wifi credentials

    Happy Work From Home

    2 comments

    1. just the article I was waiting for… thank you for the detailed steps Akshay Sir…time to implement 🙂
      between one suggestion as the ER5120 is now EOL, which one will be a good bet: L-R480T+(V5) or TL-R605?

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