Friday, 8 August 2008

Changing Speedtouch 585 to Bridged Mode

I have internet access (24 Meg ADSL) from Be that comes with a free Speedtouch 585 Wireless Modem/Router (aka BeBox). Unfortunately, while it's great for connecting via ADSL2+, it's not that good at anything else.

I much prefer my Linksys WRT54GL for general network stuff, running Tomato firmware.

All is not lost - it's fairly easy to set the BeBox to work in "Bridged mode": -

Log onto the Bebox ( and change the configuration to be "Multi IP 4 Data ports".

On the WRT54GL, in the WAN/Internet section, change to "Static" and enter the Be settings into "Static WAN IP address", "Wan NetMask" and "Gateway IP address".

You then need to connect the WRT54GL Wan port to the BeBox.

This is it. Unfortunately you lose the ability to log onto the BeBox to check ADSL status etc. To fix this, in Tomato, go to "Administration / Scripts"

Add this to "WAN Up": -

ip addr add dev vlan1 brd +

and this to "Firewall": -

/usr/sbin/iptables -I POSTROUTING -t nat -o vlan1 -d -j MASQUERADE

You should now be able to access your BeBox by going to

(This is all assuming that your local network is 192.168.0.* like mine is)

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