Bell is coming to install new service at a family member's place next week and I have a 30m long wire going from the modem's location to the basement. I was using a router (Linksys E1200) as a network switch to get more Ethernet ports, but I will no longer use it as it can only handle a maximum of 100Mbps.
The Helix Fi Gateway can do 1Gbps so I would like to use it as my network switch. Has anyone tried to do this successfully?
For anyone trying to turn the Helix Fi into a network switch (kind of), I managed to do it successfully.
- Factory reset the gateway
- Go in the router settings 10.0.0.1
- Connections -> WAN -> switch the WAN method from Auto or DOCSIS to Ethernet.
- That's it!
I tried just plugging the connection in and it worked for a few minutes, but then stopped working. This is the only way I got it to work. I guess the Helix Fi Gateway can only be used as a modem, and switching the WAN port to Ethernet did the trick.