After suffering intermittent issues with various HomePlugs (Devolo, TPLink) I decided to use an existing VR600 in bridge mode.
After some googling, I have the following set-up.
Billion 8800NL R2 connected to BT faceplate, with IP 192.168.1.254, DHCP enabled range 192.168.1.64 to .253, Wifi enabled SSID1. Cable from port on 8800 to WAN/LAN4 on the VR600.
VR600 setup in Bridge mode, DHCP disabled, IP 192.168.1.2, Wifi enabled SSID2.
Wired connection into VR600 seem fine - everything works. Wireless connections to SSID2 on VR600 have been playing up.
Last night, an Ipad, Iphone and laptop all connected to SSID2 but reported "no internet". Eventually they connected but it took a good 30 mins. Tonight, the same devices connected the first time.
When I look at the connections though the VR600 web interface shows a single wireless connection is IP .73 (the laptop). There are 2 other devices connected by cables - Hive and Freeview recorder, and Ipad, Iphone via wifi but these are not visible.
The Iphone , Ipad and the other wired connections to the VR600 are visible on the 8800NL interface in the DHCP lease table. Also, is the laptop with .73 and another one for the laptop with a different MAC and much shorter lease which I believe is the ethernet port.
Have I done everything correctly?
Any ideas why I had initial teething trouble with the no internet connection on the VR600 wireless connection?
Why does the VR600 only show the laptop and not the other wifi / wired connections? Is it because they are being passed through?
I did look at WDS on the VR600 - so I wouldn't need a cable to the 8800. The wi-fi on the VR600 seemed OK but the wired devices could not connect to the internet. Is this to be expected? I thought WDS would create an AP.
Thank you for your comments and suggestions