I've recently got a fiber connection installed so now I have 2 routers, the new alcatel ( optical fiber one and my old expensive tp-link ( router. I want the tp-link router to be the master and use the alcatel one only to connect to fiber.

So I tried the following:

  • I connected both routers together via an ethernet cable on regular
    ethernet ports, disabled DHCP on alcatel and kept it on tp-link.

  • Configured the DHCP gateway and dns on tp-link to point to alcatel (

Now all devices connect to the tp-link and get internet from the alcatel router, all looks good. But my main tp-link router functionalities like bandwidth control have no effect now.

What would be the proper way to hook this up, keeping in mind I want to maintain all the good functionalities that came with my tp-link router and I want all devices to see other? Maybe I should do a lan to wan setup, but that looks like a lot of configuration?

By the way, my main desktop is connected to the alcatel router directly, getting it's ip info from tp-link however. I prefer to keep my main desktop connected directly to the router that have internet (which is the alcatel).

edit: pics of alcatel and connections to it

  • Does your provider alcatel router include the media converter, or is that seperate? (If its seperate, you can ditch the alcatel router altogether). – davidgo Oct 16 '16 at 21:48
  • If you are keeping both, you would typically connect the LAN of the Fibre router to the WAN of the TPLink router, but you will need to modify the LAN interface on one device - they can't both be in 192.168.x.x (where x.x overlap as is the case here [ i've simplified my answer to ignore talking about netmasks etc). I'd suggest renumbering one onto 10.x.x.x) – davidgo Oct 16 '16 at 21:50
  • @davidgo regarding your first question, see my edit, hope it makes it clearer – prettyvoid Oct 16 '16 at 21:53
  • It would be better to use bridge mode on the Alcatel device. Look up the model and "bridge mode" and you'll probably find something. That should turn the Alcatel into a glorified modem, and leave all the routing to the TP-Link. Then you plug in from LAN of Alcatel to WAN of TP-Link. – MagnaVis Oct 16 '16 at 22:34
  • @MagnaVis For some reason some options in the alcatel router are disabled (greyed out), for example port settings, see i.imgur.com/FFRp8uy.png Also I remember the guy that installed it told me that I can't set it to bridge mode or something of the likes.. any ideas? (Btw Device name: G-240W-A and Vendor is Alcatel_Lucent, taken from the alcatel info page. – prettyvoid Oct 16 '16 at 22:46

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