19-01-2017 09:14 AM
Thanks again for your help; that must have taken ages ACW.
I had partial success the other night by altering the order of the changes; by disabling the firewall on the secondary first I could keep accessing it for a while and changed the other settings, (it was accessible on 192.168.1.2) but internet was never available through the secondary and settings access was lost soon after...
I'll do another reset and go through the process in full again when I get some time tonight.
I will also try with wireless dissabled on both so as to get the configuration correct in its simplest form.
19-01-2017 11:59 AM
20-01-2017 12:21 PM
I had another look last night and though I didn't have time to run trhough everything completely, I did notice this apparently significant disparity right at the start. You wrote:
Select “Advanced” and read the warning, select “Next”
Broadband Type: Select Ethernet - click to enable ADSL/Fibre out sensing
I thought the broadband setting for the Primary router would have ADSL selected (but Ethernet/Fibre selected on the Secondary router). Can you please confirm? (I'm just on standard ADSL, through the phone line, with a filter).
I'll try again tonight...
20-01-2017 12:57 PM
Don't worry, no time was wasted with the Secondary router gateway address - understand it's different from the primary.
20-01-2017 01:02 PM
20-01-2017 02:01 PM
20-01-2017 03:18 PM
20-01-2017 03:23 PM
@ACW342: As it implies it is auto-sensing the DSL signals it receives on the WAN (phone line) interface.
FTTC is by definition copper from the cab. to your home.
20-01-2017 10:50 PM
EE have inexplicably sent me another BrightBox1, so now I'm on 2 new ones of the same type.
The primary one is working great with all the previously discussed settings.
When I plug the secondary into the first, it's 'broadband' light turns from red to green and its 'internet' light starts flashing amber quickly. So by plugging the secondary into the primary is doing something.
However, the 'status' page of the primary router lists nothing as being connected to 'LAN4', and I have to manually type in the secondary's MAC address to reserve its IP address.
This seems odd; how can the connection not be recognised in the 'currently connected devices' list?
Any ideas please?
20-01-2017 11:01 PM
@PRS: The 'currently connected devices' list is unreliable. It often doesn't show current devices & still shows devices long departed. Try rebooting router & then connect afresh.
What is the "BB Type" of the Secondary when the 'broadband' light turns from red to green and its 'internet' light starts flashing amber quickly. It should be set to Ethernet.
20-01-2017 11:16 PM
That was a refreshed connected devices list. I have never yet achieved having the secondary router appear in the primary's list.
Yes; BB type was 'ethernet'
20-01-2017 11:31 PM
@PRS: The BB light GREEN indicates it's connected on its WAN side (but not to BB). Dunno why the Net light is flashing AMBER. I would have thought it would fast flash GREEN as it is getting traffic. Perhaps @ACW342 will tell us what it should do?
22-01-2017 10:49 AM
10-07-2017 04:32 PM - edited 10-07-2017 04:35 PM
There's a slightly different way of doing this which might make things easier for people attempting it...
Leave 99% of the settings the same. The only one you need to alter is Advanced Settings > DHCP > Start IP address and set it to 192.168.1.3 (or whatever suits), then click Save Settings.
Second Brightbox (Slightly more involved):
Connect an ethernet cable between port 4 on your primary Brightbox to the red WAN port on this one.
Connect to its wireless network and go to Advanced Settings > Broadband Settings. You want to change Broadband Type to Ethernet, and Protocol to Bridging. Click Save Settings.
Go to DHCP and set the Gateway Address to 192.168.1.2. On the same page, disable the DHCP server and click Save Settings.
At this point, you should have internet access through the second Brightbox. You should also see network devices connected to the first Brightbox on the Status page.
If you want to keep independent wireless SSIDs, skip to "Tidying Up". Otherwise, follow the steps below:
Make your way to Advanced Settings > Wireless Settings > SSID Management. Make sure the network name(s) and password(s) match the first Brightbox. This is case sensitive and won't work if even slightly different. Click "Save Settings".
- Disable NAT
- Disable firewall
Hope this helps. 🙂
29-01-2018 08:25 PM
OK, so I have followed all these instructions very carefully, but to no avail.
I have BB2 plugged into phone line and wirelessly running fine.
I have BB1 just plugged into power supply (no extenders, no ethernet cables, no extra phone sockets).
I'm trying to wirelessly connect BB1 to BB2 to use as wireless WiFi extender really.
Is this possible? Or am I barking up the wrong tree.
29-01-2018 10:26 PM
29-01-2018 10:40 PM - edited 29-01-2018 10:43 PM
I have a BB1 currently acting as a WAP as an experiment & it works. Here's how for all types of Brightbox:
If you ever need to reconfigure the Secondary BB, you may find that you cannot access it from http://192.168.1.2/ as it objects to "Duplicate Administrator" In which case you will need to again connect the Secondary BB individually to your PC to administer it.
17-05-2018 01:32 PM
I'm having a few issues and wonder if someone could help.
I set this up following the 'solution' instructions and it works perfectly testing the BrightBoxes via a LAN cable. My next move was to purchase two PowerLine boxes (these are the ones I got: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B015E3MXKC/ref=pe_3187911_189395841_TE_dp_1).
The PowerLines are all set up and the data/interet LEDs show as connected. On my Primary BrightBox I can see the secondary one as 'connected', however, when I connect to my secondary BrightBox using Wi-Fi there is no internet connection!
Is it possible that the BT PowerLines are some how blocking the internet? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
by ACW342 30-04-2016
by DaveH22 20-09-2018