This configuration is pretty simple, and involves a few steps
SETTING UP THE WRT54GL
First, I recommend upgrading the WRT54GL with aftermarket firmware (the availability of aftermarket firmware is why I recommend this unit in the first place). Despite what the sticker might tell you, you do not need the "installation CD", in fact you do not want to use it if you are going to load aftermarket firmware. To do this:
1. Go to http://www.thibor.co.uk/and
download Thibor 14. Thibor has a more recent build, 15c, but
I have found its QoS to be less effective than the older Thibor 14
version. I ran 15c for several months, and finally went back to
14 and I am much happier with it.
Note: At this point, the WRT54GL should NOT be hooked up to your
Internet connection or any other computers. It's also a good to
do a factory reset on your router, turn off wireless, etc. Read
the instructions on the Thibor site for more details.
2. Connect a computer (wired) to one of your WRT54GL's LAN ports and point your browser to http://192.168.1.1 - login using user id (blank), password "admin" (or anything you may have changed this to).
3. Under the Administration tab, go to "Firmware Upgrade" and use
file you saved earlier to upgrade the firmware to Thibor. WAIT for the
router to reboot, then give it another 2-3 minutes to settle. Log in
and make sure the firmware version on the upper right reads "Firmware
Version : v4.70.8, Hyperwrt 2.1b1 + Thibor14" (or similar, in case you
have a more recent firmware revision). It's a good idea to
restart your web browser AFTER the upgrade is successful to clear out
any possible session data.
4. Under "Administration" on the WRT54GL, go to "Factory Defaults" and select "Clear NVRAM, restore factory defaults", then click the "Restore factory defaults" button. The router will reboot again. Give it a minute or so until all the lights settle down. (note: If you have a configuration saved from a previous firmware, it's tempting to just load it. DO NOT LOAD IT. Rekey your settings.)
5. Secure your router:
a. Change the password for your router to
something secure (under "Administration").
b. Disable wireless or enable security (WPA Personal with TKIP is best) on wireless. You'll also need to set up any clients with the same WPA settings and the same Shared Key (if you have 802.11b devices, you MAY need to use "WEP", which is less secure but better than nothing.)
Illustration: WPA/TKIP Setup
6. Get your router on the Internet. In most cases, this is as simple as plugging it into your Internet modem. Most modems like being powered down first, and left off for about a minute or so, so any MAC address in memory gets cleared.
SETTING UP THE VONAGE ROUTER
Now that your router is connected and you can surf the Web from it, you can start configuring your WRTP54G/RTP300 to be a Vonage only device. There is actually very little to do.
1. Plug in the Vonage router and plug a single computer into its LAN port. Don't get fancy and hook it up to the WRT54GL just yet...
2. Surf to http://192.168.15.1 and log in to your Vonage router.
3. Make the following changes:
a. Make sure IP address is set to "Obtain an IP Automatically"
b. WRTP54G Only: Under WIRELESS, choose DISABLED for "Wireless Network Mode"
c. Under SECURITY, turn off any filters you had on.
d. Under ACCESS RESTRICTIONS, be sure "Block Anonymous Internet Requests" and "Filter Multicast" are both DISABLED. [on some other Vonage routers this is found under Security at the bottom of the page]
e. Under APPLICATIONS AND GAMING, remove any port forwards, port triggers, and special settings in QoS.
f. Under ADMINISTRATION, Set "Remote Router Access" "Web" to ENABLED, leave the port set at 8080 (or any port you prefer, but 8080 works fine).
The goal in #3 is to reduce any load on the Vonage router, and to allow it to be accessed from your WRT54GL's network. You can skip all of these steps, and the Vonage router will probably just work by plugging it in. I'd at least do steps "a" and "f".
If you skip step c, you can still hook a computer up to the Vonage router, and the computer will have Internet access, but that computer will be on a different local network than anything hooked to the WRT54GL, so network shares, etc, will not work between the two networks. Also, you will start experiencing choppy audio if any computers hooked up to the Vonage router start surfing the web heavily or anything.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
1. Plug a standard RJ45 cable from a LAN port in the WRT54GL to the WAN/Internet port in your Vonage router. You should have a phone light within a minute. You should be able to surf the Internet from any computer connected to the WRT54GL.
2. Setting up access to the Vonage router:
This is the final step, and is actually optional. But it makes life easier. What we are doing here is telling the WRT54GL to always give the Vonage router the IP address of 192.168.1.120. You can pick ANY other number you want between 2 and 254, 120 is just what I use. You can also skip this step, and your Vonage router will work just fine - but it will be harder to predict what IP address it might get when you have to restart your network, which makes logging into the Vonage router for maintenance a little harder.
a. Log into your WRT54GL and go to SETUP / STATIC DHCP.
b. Click on "DEVICE LIST" under the "STATUS" page and find the MAC address of your Vonage router. Mine starts with 00:13 if it helps you identify it. It's also printed on a hard-to-read label on the bottom of your router.
c. Copy that MAC address (the 00:13:xx:xx:xx:xx... number) to the clipboard (highlight and hit CTRL-C).
d. Go back to the Static DHCP page and paste the MAC address into the entry field under MAC ADDRESS. (CTRL-V) Type "120" in the "IP Address" field, and "Vonage" in the "Domain Name" field. Click ADD, then SAVE SETTINGS.
e. Pull the power on the Vonage router, leave it off for a minute, then power it back up.
f. You should now be able to get to your Vonage router using the URL: http://192.168.1.120:8080
Setting up QoS
Now that you have the basics set up, you may want to get QoS
(Quality of Service) set up on that router so your Vonage line always
gets priority. Click here to proceed to the
WRT54GL QoS Guide
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