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1 Modem 3 Router Configuration.

Aug 14, 2017 6:49PM PDT

Have searched for months and tried everything I could think of but can not get a successful set up going The only downside to my situation is the (previously Verizon) Actiontec Frontier DSL modem reboots itself 1-5 times a day. I have got with tech support and replacement modems throughout the 4 years living at this house but still no resolution. Due to the area this is my only ISP option.

I have a fairly large house with an outdoor office and since I am stuck with what I got I need to figure out the best way to configure this set up.

Modem Model:
GT784WNV
Routers available to use:
1x TP-Link Touch P5
2x Linksys Wireless-G (WRT54GSV7)
2x Random $10 eBay routers

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Since you have routers, did you try bridge mode?
Aug 15, 2017 9:05AM PDT

See if https://www.verizon.com/support/residential/internet/highspeed/networking/setup/actiontec704wg/123754.htm covers that then you add a router.

Test to see if that makes it work better since the DSL modem router is now just a modem.

As to using 3 routers, no one I know supports or advises that. Now using routers as Wireless Access Points is well done and something I do. Read how by googling "How to use a router as a WAP?"
To use routers as WAPs, the first router is just a router and the other routers are WAPs.

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Since you have routers, did you try bridge mode?
Aug 15, 2017 6:23PM PDT

Thanks for the info. Bridge mode is probably the only thing I never tried, never knew it was the same as an access point. I will give this a try.

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For clarity.
Aug 16, 2017 8:32AM PDT

Bridge mode is not the same thing as an access point.

Bridge mode turns your current DSL Modem+Router into a plain DSL Modem. This setup will be a little challenging the first time and requires a router to get back to it working (hopefully better) than the Modem+Router combo setup.

Now that the DSL Modem+Router is just a modem, there's less likely to be problems with that device as it has less work to do. This won't correct errors in wiring such as DSL is prone to with folk having to deal with filters, etc.

Once the GT784WNV is just a modem, options are to add one router and then use other routers as access points. As you can imagine, you have to work your way to that solution and see what works best with what you have.

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Modem
Aug 14, 2017 9:03PM PDT

Does this modem reboot if you use just one router?

Meaning power down the other routers.

How are these routers talking to each other, wired or wireless?

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Modem
Aug 14, 2017 10:08PM PDT

Yes, it will even reboot when used by itself. I also forgot to mention I have wireless turned off on the modem but that also could be used as another access point/router but I find it the worst and leave it off.

No other routers will restart or reset. Some, (depending on the configuration I used) would always assign itself and other connected devices a private IP. 192.168.XXX.X after the modem cycled. Leaving all connected devices to that modem "broke" until that router got rebooted and the proper IP reassigned.

As of now, all routers are connected via a RJ45 cable to the back of the modem.

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Modem
Aug 14, 2017 10:43PM PDT

Unplug all the routers from the modem.

Connect one pc to the modem.

If this modem reboots it says you have a problem with the the modem or the input signal/power to the modem.

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Modem
Aug 15, 2017 6:19PM PDT

It's the connection to my house. I've been through several different modems and hours with tech support but it's never changed.

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Dsl
Aug 15, 2017 8:42PM PDT

If it's the outside phone line your not going to fix that.

That's a telco issue.

I tried dsl once, telco was more than happy to sell it to me.

3 days of fighting with it only to find that there was too much phone line/unneeded side trips between me and the central office, which telco would not fix.

So I binned that and switched to cable.

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