Using Archer Vr900 v1 just as modem

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Using Archer Vr900 v1 just as modem
Using Archer Vr900 v1 just as modem
2020-03-05 09:47:02 - last edited 2020-03-06 12:22:15
Model: Archer VR900v  
Hardware Version: V1
Firmware Version:

Hey all, first post so please be gentle.

 

I've had my Archer VR900 V1 for 3.5 years now and it has served me well. However the wi-fi is starting to become less than reliable and i have bought a new router and plan to use the 900 just as a modem. I've done some basic reading and it seems it's either easy or complicated depending on your router. I've tried to look here but found nothing relating to switching off the wi-fi etc and only using it to brdige to my new router

 

Can anyone link me toa walkthrough or a previous topic on this issue?

 

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2020-03-05 11:26:53 - last edited 2020-03-06 12:22:15

@TheDrownedApe If your only issue is with WiFi, that is, wired connections work well, then just setup the new router as wired access point. No need for bridge modes or setting up complex stuff.

 

That way you only have to set the same WiFi SSID name and password as the old one and disable the old WiFi. Most modern routers even come with a "access point mode" that makes things even easier.

 

However, VR900 looks like it has a nice WiFi system, how is it that it's not reliable? Maybe you just need to update the firmware to solve the issue.

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2020-03-06 07:28:18 - last edited 2020-03-06 12:22:15

@TheDrownedApe 

 

Hello, the Archer VR900 works in bridge mode by default. If you want to use it as a pure modem, you can hard reset it by holding the reset button for 10s with the router powered on. 

 

And you can log into the web UI to disable wifi function or hold the wifi button to disable it. 

 

May it help. 

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2020-03-06 07:38:59 - last edited 2020-03-06 12:22:15

thanks i will give it a go today.

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2020-03-06 12:22:05 - last edited 2020-03-06 12:22:15

@TheDrownedApe 

 

Take your time. smiley

2022 TP-Link Wi-Fi 7 Product Launch Event | Watch the Replay at https://www.tp-link.com/us/wifi7/event/.
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2021-11-24 19:52:30

@Kevin_Z I have just set up my Archer VR900 v3 in bridge mode, but I found for it to work with my new non-dsl wifi router (another manufacturer) I had to keep the PPPoE configuration as well as the bridge definition, and setup the new router to connect using Automatic IP, rather than have PPPoE configured on it.  Not sure how this is supposed to work, but when I deleted the PPPoE definition in the Archer, and only had the bridge definition, the router couldn't connect to the internet, even when I created a PPPoE configuration on it.

 

Is there a different way to setup the Archer as pure modem, and where should the PPPoE definition be created in this setup?  On the Archer or the separat router?

 

(I got a new router because my Archer keeps losing connection to my 2.4GHz clients and seems to have a connection limit of only about 20 devices before it becomes unstable.  Sometimes it silently drops the entire 2.4GHz band entirely.  From other forum posts I know I'm not the only person to experience this.  Shame, as it's a decent router apart from that.)

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