Using your own router on Google Fiber

Bryan Peterson bryan_peterson at
Fri Oct 24 09:38:11 MDT 2014

I have an ASUS router set up as an access point for the wireless to replace
the wireless on the Google box - Google took out the capability to do MAC
address filtering on the wireless and I have been using that to add an
extra obstacle for hackers to get over.

The only problem that I have encountered is that even though I have
disabled the wireless on the Google box they seem to turn it back on every
time there is a firmware upgrade.  I haven't found a good way to stop that
from happening yet.

Unfortunately, I don't have Google TV so I can't comment on how well that
works with the ASUS router.  From previous comments it should work since
the router is just an access point and all the devices are on the same
subnet (192.168.1.x).

Bryan Peterson
bryan_peterson at

On Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 9:31 AM, John Nielsen <lists at> wrote:

> On Oct 24, 2014, at 8:06 AM, Dan Stovall <dbstovall at> wrote:
> > On Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 1:01 AM, John <pontifier at> wrote:
> >
> >> Just wanted to share this. I was able to bypass the Google network box
> >> with a DD-WRT router.I was having trouble because the network box is
> >> I bought this Buffalo router with dd-wrt pre-installed:
> >>
> >>
> >> All I had to do to get it working was turn on tagging on the wan vlan
> >> under Setup->VLANsI was then able to get an ip address via dhcp.
> >>
> >> There's some discussion online about setting the 802.11q p-bit to 2 to
> >> enable gigabit speed, but I'm not sure how, and haven't tried to do
> this as
> >> I'm on the free plan right now.
> >> I hope someone finds this useful.
> >
> > Thanks.  I have been so frustrated by the wireless service on google
> > fiber.  I finally went out and bought a wireless router but I haven't had
> > the time to set it up yet. I have been reading about plenty of people
> that
> > have been struggling to get their configured correctly.  Ideally I would
> > like my router to replace the wireless service that the google network
> box
> > provides and have everything else work the same.  I have read that many
> > people that use their own router lose all the features associated with
> > their wireless devices.  They can no longer play recorded shows on their
> > tablets and phones.  Their tablets and phones can no longer function as a
> > remote control, and they can no longer send videos playing on their
> > wireless devices to their TV's.  Have you seen any of these drawbacks?
> John, was it just the wireless you were unhappy about with the Google
> network box or did you have other problems?
> I haven't done it yet but I am tentatively planning to disable wireless on
> the google box at my dad's house and replace it with a better router. No
> serious complaints with it; it's just not in a great spot for the rest of
> the house and only does 802.11n @ 300Mbps (2x2 MIMO), and my laptop
> supports 802.11ac.
> It's my understanding that as long as you put it in bridge mode (and/or
> just don't use the WAN port), using your own access point doesn't change
> the network or impact services at all. If that's not the case I'd like to
> know about it.
> All of the features Dan mentions require that everything be in the same
> Ethernet broadcast domain, so if you were to use an access point as a
> router (e.g. by plugging its WAN port into the Google network box) then
> you'd be doing double NAT and your wireless devices would be on a different
> network from the Google gear.
> Through some hackery involving a TAP VPN and a lot of bridging, I can
> actually control my dad's Google TV from my smartphone when I'm at _my_
> house, so with that in mind I don't think that bridging necessarily breaks
> anything. Just keep everything on the same network.
> JN
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