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02-Sep-2010, 12:51 AM #1
Question Solved: Running 2 Routers in my Home Network
I'm trying to set up two routers in my home network so I can have more Ethernet jacks in my home network. My one router alone does not have enough ports to feed all my computers so I thought I would hook up my older router, but I'm not sure exactly how I need to do this.

My primary router, which is receiving the signal from my DSL modem is D-link DIR-615, which I hope to run in wireless N as well. The second router is a USR8054 which I hope to run in wireless G for legacy devices.

Here is generally what I am trying to achieve:



Basically, the red lines represent the connection/router setting changes I need to make between the two routers. Since the routers are literally right next to one another, I can either wire them together or go wireless; whichever is easier. I've tried running an Ethernet cable from LAN port 4 of the D-link to LAN port 1 on the USR with mixed results; one one occasion I lost my wireless G signal, and on another several of my wired devices wouldn't connect. I also tried running a Ethernet cable from jack 4 on the D-link to the WAN input on the USR and successfully transmitted a wireless G signal from the USR, but could not get a wired connection from the USR.

I really have no idea what to do. Could someone tell me what I should be doing?!
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02-Sep-2010, 01:00 AM #2
Funny, I just asked almost the same question earlier. See this thread.

http://forums.techguy.org/networking...ml#post7579173
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02-Sep-2010, 01:08 AM #3
I'll see if anyone else has any ideas and try out what JohnWill suggested tomorrow morning.
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02-Sep-2010, 09:07 AM #4
I use my posted solution, and a host of other people here have used it as well. It addresses exactly the issue you posted, and I don't know of a better solution if you don't have a router with a WAP configuration in the firmware.
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02-Sep-2010, 09:39 AM #5
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I use my posted solution, and a host of other people here have used it as well. It addresses exactly the issue you posted, and I don't know of a better solution if you don't have a router with a WAP configuration in the firmware.
Hmmm, I'm a bit confused. You said:

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Configure the IP address of the secondary router(s) to be in the same subnet as the primary router, but out of the range of the DHCP server in the primary router.
Is the subnet my subnet mask? If so I get: 255.255.255.0
and my DHCP range is 192.168.0.100 to 192.168.0.199

So what should I use as my second routers IP?
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No, the subnet of your primary router is 192.168.0.x with a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0. In this example, I'd configure the secondary router's base address to be 192.168.0.254 as a typical example.
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02-Sep-2010, 10:17 AM #7
nvm, I got it and everything is working great!

My N netowrk is on channel 11, and my G network is on channel 6. I gave them different SSID's because my second router does not support spaces in the SSID.

Thanks for the help.
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02-Sep-2010, 03:14 PM #8
I recommend never putting spaces in stuff like network names or SSID's anyway, so I don't know if the routers support them!


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