Yep. I will explain using my situation as an example. I own four routers but only use one as a router.ben_b wrote:Is there even a way to use multiple routers however only have one operate as a router?
QoS for Ooma
* Only a router, no wireless
Wireless Access Point
DHCP disable (ie router disabled)
WAN port disabled (ie router disabled)
connected to network using LAN port only
* Only a wireless access point
configured for Transparent Bridge (ie router disabled)
* Only a DSL modem
LAN IP put in DMZ
only connected to LAN on Computer port
nothing connect on Modem port
* only my telephone provider
So in my case, only the WRT54GL is operating as a router. It is the only device providing the following for my entire network:
- issuing IP addressed using Static DHCP
- providing caching DNS
- maintaining QoS
- providing the firewall for my LAN (I still use personal firewalls on each PC)
- providing Network Address Translation (NAT)
- port forwarding to my various servers
Although I have not configured it yet I intend to add VPN to my single router.
If you put multiple routers in play with one behind another certain things can get complicated such as port forwarding. So it's best to have only one router acting as your router. In some cases this means you need to disable a built in router as I needed to do with my Wireless Access Point and DSL Modem. I had to disable those. With the Ooma Hub I didn't need to disable it, I just bypass it by not connecting the Modem port.
Repeating what GroundHound said earlier. Having one device that is only a router and your only router gives you the flexibility and simplicity of changing whatever you need on your network with the pain of figuring out how to use yet another integrated device that wants to be your primary router. No two routers provide the same features.