I currently have a Netgear R7000 (running Tomato) acting as my main router (DHCP and DNS) and access point. Because of how my house is laid out, the modem and router are apart from each other (housemates were complaining about WiFi connection so I moved the router to a better spot, unfortunately away from the modem).
Near the modem, are a few devices I want connected to the local network. One solution could be to run an ethernet cable from the router to a switch and connect the devices to that, but then we'll have 2 ethernet cables running from the router to where the modem is (one for the WAN and one on the LAN connected to a switch). And a second solution is to use a "wireless media bridge".
One of my housemates however, had a third solution, which we were having trouble setting up. His solution was to place another router - a Linksys E2000 (also running Tomato), which is just what I happened to have lying around - between the modem and R7000.
So, we would have the modem connected to the E2000's WAN port, a few devices on its LAN ports, and then a cable going from the E2000 to the R7000. His thought was to have the E2000 act as a switch and keep the R7000 as the main DHCP server/access point.
How can I set this up? I tried to set the E2000 up as our main gateway, turn its DNS/DHCP off, and keep the R7000 as the DHCP server, but that wasn't working. I could not connect to the internet via the WiFi.
I was wondering how best to set this up so that one router can be connected to the modem and a few devices and have a second router be the DHCP server, DNS server and WiFi access point.
I was thinking that maybe VLANs/trunking (or sub-interfaces, if Tomato supports that) could help here. Maybe set up VLANs on the E2000 for the modem and another for the devices and trunk them over the one cable to the R7000?
I was also wondering if Tomato was the best choice here or if OpenWRT (not if my routers are supported by it) might have more features to help me solve this. I am using the version of Tomato found here (Tomato by Shibby): http://tomato.groov.pl