IMPORTANT UPDATE! Please read on:
In order to make your digital tv receiver acts as a bridge, you have to trigger the connection from the receiver some way, otherwise you will not be able to get served by DHCP. I figured out that it is sufficient using some interactive service like the SEARCH (Zoek) function on the menu page.
Enjoy Ducth neighboors! and read the rest of the article 🙂
I’m writing this post using the very workaround that I’m going to describe here.
Symptoms: My Internet connection dropped last night around 2-4 a.m. and i can say this because before and after this time i was using my mac.
My setup is made by :
- Cisco EPC3925 Cable Modem (Used as bridge)
- Linksys E2000 with DD-Wrt used as router and access point directly connected to the EPC3925 in DHCP (It will assume the public IP Address)
- Wireless clients (Macbook pro, Macbook 13, iphone, Samsung Tab, ipad1, Raspberry-pi, stupid windows lab rat machine :p
- Wired clients like NAS, barebone Web/db Server, Arduino udp/bluetooth Weather Station and so.
Now: all I did was taking a closer look to the Upc Mediabox HD , in other words the digital cable tv receiver / decoder. Then i noticed an Ethernet port, so i attached my macbook to this very port with a normal ethernet cable (utp4-cat5), as shown in the following image.
Setup my mac in DHCP, and voilà it had a public IP address and it can actually browse the internet.
This means that the mutimedia tv box is acting as a modem/bridge. At this point it is sufficient to share this connection from the macbook ethernet port to the wireless client and all my devices are back online in minutes.
Unfortunately if you lost your connection for my same reason (dead modem/router), it is very unlikely that you will find this post with your pc, but i’m certain that you, smart ,crazy people, will be online with your cell phone and will search for this solution. If it is so: You owe me a comment!! 🙂
P.S. Please take into account that the device you are going to connect to the ethernet port of the mediabox hd will have a public ip address, so be careful. As soon as i will use a router / access point i will write about it.
P.P.S. Since the mediabox has a totally different class ip address, i think it can be kept up beside the router, having 2 ip addresses in place of just one. As soon as my rooter decide to work again, i will post another article about this topic.
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