New Router setup

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  • #16423
    kev2021
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    Hi all,

    So in preparation for replacing my router, I’m wondering how other people go about replacing theirs.

    For me, I have several devices on static IP and the rest are on DHCP.  Previously never been a issue as all routers have had same IP range so I just setup same SSID and and off I go.

    However, this time, I’m planning on keeping the same SSID BUT changing the IP address range so its different when i get the VPN setup and working.

    How have people done this previously?

    I’m thinking of doing the following:-

    BEFORE changing router

    Setup same SSID/pswd on router.

    Change some static IP devices to DHCP

    Change a couple of key ones to a static IP address in the new range ready for when new router gets plugged in (obviously become unreachable from existing router at this point)

    Do you thin this will be ok?  I plan on hold BT router been unplugged then draytek modem & new router being switched on a minute or so later once I unplugged a removed old router.

    How will things like Nest-e & heat link work? Will it just re-connect to new router with existing WIFI details and update it’s IP address?

    I know the smart plugs will just re-connect as they have done before but Nest-e is new to me so be first time router with that device.  I had a couple of teething issues setting it up initially so hence slight concern.

    Thanks

    Kev

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    kev2021
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    Out of interest, can you turn off WIFI on a BT home hub?

    If so, I’m thinking:-

    Set static WIFI devices to DHCP

    Setup new router with same WIFI details.

    Turn off WIFI on BThome  hub and let all devices connect to new router & get new IP details.

    Then change static IP addresses on remaining wired devices (using old router via a wired connection) and then plug cable into new router.

    Let wired devices get IP from new router.

    You think this is viable?

    Thanks

    Kev

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    Out of interest, can you turn off WIFI on a BT home hub?

    BT Home hub Wifi can be disabled (turned off) via UI – BT routers used to provide automatic hostspot for other BT customers to use so this will also need to be disabled (I believe)  by your  BT account.

    How many devices in total do you have and is there any consequence with downtime (kit being offline)?

     

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    #16430
    kev2021
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    Hi,

    Thanks, not too many devices, approx 12 devices, give or take.

    Main ones are: smart plugs and nest-e & heatlink that need to be online.

    Can cope with a small amount of down time but I’ve found at my parents place, if Nest is not connected to WIFI in few minutes, it seems to not reconnect without turning it off and back on so hence my idea was to setup same SSID on new router and then turn off BT WIFI, enable it on new router and then plug in the draytek modem to get that up and running online.  Once that’s done, I can then sort out the static IP address items and make them fixed again.

    Critical devices are approx. 7.  The rest are phones/tablets/nas which worst case I can change after.

    Thanks

    Kev

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    Yes I have read that  Nest can be a real annoyance (fussy)

    Not to many devices and Keeping it simple, as I do with most things in life, I would ditch the BT HomeHub and use same BT hub SSID/Password  (as you suggested) and just plug in Modem and ASUS router (pre configured) and away you go.

    Are you able to configure ASUS router offline ?

    FWIW: Our SKY box whenever I swap out routers and use same SSID / Password takes about half an hour and then re connects automatically, so hopefully  Nest etc will be simular .

     

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    #16436
    kev2021
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    Not had that issue with nest-e yet since initial setup issue so will find out.

    Plan is to pre-config the router offline with main wifi, guest wifi and correct IP address range want to use and some features turned off that don’t use.

    Then, I might just turn off WIFI on bt homehub and boot up the ASUS & modem.  The BT hub I’m hoping will still function for lan devices, even though it won’t have internet. Then  can change all wired static devices and then plug cable into the router (I have a switch which all devices connect to and then 1 cable from switch to router)

    Thanks

    Kev

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