I just connected to the NBN via FTTC and everything with the supplied equipment is working great.
However, I have an existing router that I would like to connect to the TP Link VR1600v supplied modem/router. My existing router is a Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 R7000 that I have flashed with DD WRT. By using DD WRT, it has allowed me to configure the router to use a VPN service (NordVPN). NordVPN does not support the TP Link modem/routers so I cannot configure it to connect.
I have also installed my Netgear router in my study whereas my TP Link is in a different room. There is an ethernet cable that connects the two routers so the connection between the two should not be an issue.
From what I have read, I should be able to bridge the TP Link modem/router to the Netgear, but everything I have tried so far has failed. I enabled the TP Link to go into bridge mode with a VLAN setting set to 2, and went into the Netgear DD WRT VLAN menu and ensured that on the column labelled 'Port', the box was checked to enable tagging on port 'w', and rebooted both devices.
When I do the above, I cannot use the internet at all, and I need to turn off my Netgear router before I can use the internet again.
Any help and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Bridging the TP-Link modem/router will not work on the NBN FTTC technology.
You may use your Netgear router as an access point instead.
The VoIP phone feature will not work on a third party device.