csHouse has turned to the dark(er) side of canadian internet providers, and is now running on the Rogers Extreme High Speed Internet Package which boasted a modest 35Mbps down, 3Mbps up.
Not too shabby right? Not quite FiberOP, but will get everything up and running. Good stuff.
The service tech gave me a box containing their latest model of modem/router, and out popped the CGN2-ROG, looking like it was steeped in the 90s, and had plenty of ‘tude.
Flashing it’s massive, pointless LEDs, it sputtered to life and began sending and receiving data slower then I could have delivered it by hand. Great.
It turns out this badboy is completely incapable of routing, so, lets just offload that task onto a much better router.
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So, you’ll need your crappy CGN2-ROG, another router (In my case, it was the RT-N56U), and an ethernet cable (CAT6) to connect them.
- Log into your CGN2-ROG, normally located at 192.168.0.1
- Credentials are cusadmin/password by default, because it’s a magical star child who wants to be different.
- If you can’t log in, factory reset it, or use the usb unlocker they may or may not have been included with the device.
- Go to 192.168.0.1/user/setup-capability.asp
- Disable everything, hit apply. This will place the router into bridge mode. You will NOT be able to access the router now. If you need to, I’d recommend factory reset. It’s possible to directly connect a machine to the router, and access the router through it’s external IP, but just…don’t do that.
- Set up your second router, plug the ethernet cable into the LAN port 1 of the CGN2-ROG, and into the WAN port of the new router. Turn it on.
- You should be good to go, and can treat your new router as the main router. For all intents and purposes, the CGN2-ROG is now just a fancy internet box.
You should notice an immediate improve in speed and stability, and are free to use any router you want.