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[Freedombox-discuss] FreedomBox as a home router to replace Cisco/Linksys

On Mon, 2 Jul 2012 17:25:48 -0700 (PDT)
Jonathan Wilkes <jancsika at yahoo.com> wrote:

> >>  Is it a device that doubles as a dsl modem and wireless router?
> >> (I forgot about those devices.)
> > 
> > Yes, it's a device that doubles as a wireless router and, in my
> > case, a cable modem.
> > 
> >>  How hard was putting it in "bridging mode"?? Does Time Warner 
> > give
> >>  you the l/p for the device?? And what exactly does "bridging 
> > mode" do?
> > 
> > It was pretty easy actually. It came with a web admin app, that has
> > a setting for "bridging mode." All I had to do was toggle the
> > setting.
> > 
> > Bridging mode causes it to work at layer 2 instead of layer 3. So it
> > doesn't have an IP address anymore. It passes layer 2 traffic
> > through to my own router, which now has the IP address assignment
> > from Time Warner.
> > 
> > I don't know much about cable modems, so don't know what the layer 2
> > traffic looks like. Presumably it's based on MAC addresses, or
> > something like a MAC address??
> > 
> > Of course since the device no longer has an IP address, I can't get
> > back to the web app to untoggle the setting. I'd have to do a hard
> > reset.
> That definitely sounds like advanced setup then.

I'm not seeing that. All a user has to do for bridging
mode is navigate to a browser link and toggle a setting.

Granted, it's some configuration, but not a "ssh to your box
and modify iptables with vi" :-)

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