[Durham] Two Broadband Connections, One Wireless Printer. Options?

Andrew Glass andrewglass3 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 4 20:59:54 UTC 2014

Hi Richard

Thank you for a great reply as always :)

At the moment I have the factory firmware installed on the wdr-3600 ,
however I was thinking about installing dd-wrt on it for some time.

If I was going to treat the bt home hub as a vlan, would I just connect the
two routers together via a straight through or crossover cable?

Would be great if I could get this working :)



On 4 July 2014 21:44, Richard Mortimer <richm at oldelvet.org.uk> wrote:

> Hi,
> On 04/07/2014 20:07, Andrew Glass wrote:
>> Hey guys
>> Ive got 2 broadband connections at home, BT and Virgin fibre.
>> My girlfriend uses the bt connection and has a wireless canon printer
>> attached.  I’m on the fibre.
>> The bt connection has a bt home hub as its router, the virgin connection
>> has my tplink wdr-3600 router on it.
>> Im trying to figure out a way to allow my tower to connect to the
>> printer on the other network without having to move cables.
> Does your tower have 2 network ports? If so then you could wire the tower
> to the home hub and setup a static IP configuration on that connection that
> doesn't have a default route. That way the tower can connect to the
> printer's IP address but doesn't use it for internet access. That would
> require that both BT and tplink routers were configured to use different
> local networks.
> In theory you could connect with only one network port on your tower but
> that would require a bit of magic that might be a bit too complex/fragile.
> Another option might be to get the wdr-3600 to treat the bt home hub lan
> as an internally routed subnet. I think the WDR3600 will do VLANs so you
> could configure it to do that and then setup the routing on the WDR3600 to
> just forward the BT subnet to the right place.
> The OpenWRT documentation for the router suggests it would work but I
> don't know if you have that or the factory firmware installed.
> http://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/tp-link/tl-wdr3600
> Richard
>> Can it be done with the equipment I have? Im stumped.
>> Cheers
>> Andy
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