1. Computer problem? Tech Support Guy is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations. Click here to join today! If you're new to Tech Support Guy, we highly recommend that you visit our Guide for New Members.

2 routers in house, internet works but not lan across routers

Discussion in 'Networking' started by tuminator, Jan 24, 2005.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
Advertisement
  1. tuminator

    tuminator Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2004
    Messages:
    33
    i live in a house with 7 people. we have a cable connection and 2 routers (a linksys befsr41 and a netgear mr814). right now i have the setup as cable modem -> netgear router -> linksys router. all computers get internet but only computers hooked up to the netgear modem can see eachother, and only computers hooked to the linksys modem can see eachother. i have disabled DCHP on the linksys router. how can i see all computers in the house?
     
  2. Squashman

    Squashman Trusted Advisor

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2003
    Messages:
    19,786
    They all need to be on the same subnet. I would have bought a switch instead of another router to do this job. You can make the other router act like a switch by plugging into one of the switch ports instead of the wan port. And disable DHCP on that router. But now you are down to only plugging in 6 computers on your network. I would buy a cheap 5 or 8 port switch. You can get them for as little at $15 on Newegg.
     
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2002
    Messages:
    106,418
    Connecting two SOHO broadband routers together.

    Configure the IP address of the secondary router to be in the same subnet as the primary router, but out of the range of the DHCP server in the primary router. For instance DHCP server addresses 192.168.0.2 through 192.168.0.100, I'd assign the secondary router 192.168.0.254 as it's IP address.

    Disable the DHCP server in the secondary router.

    Setup the wireless section just the way you would if it was the primary router.

    Connect from the primary router's LAN port to one of the LAN ports on the secondary router. If there is no uplink port and neither of the routers have auto-sensing ports, use a cross-over cable. Leave the WAN port unconnected!
     
  4. Bob Cerelli

    Bob Cerelli

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2002
    Messages:
    22,468
    Since DHCP is disabled on the second router and there is Internet access on all computers, you have a lot going for you already.

    You might want to look at what the IP address information you have on all computers. This would be the IP address, subnet mask (which are probably ok), gateway and DNS.
     
  5. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2002
    Messages:
    106,418
    Until you connect the two routers together on the LAN ports, I doubt they'll get full file sharing working. Internet access isn't a problem if they connect with the WAN port on the second router, since that's the normal connection to the Internet. It's the requests coming the other way...

    The bonus of my method is that it works, and has for many people.
     
  6. Bob Cerelli

    Bob Cerelli

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2002
    Messages:
    22,468
    tuminator,

    Could you provide more details regarding how the two routers are actually connected.
     
  7. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2002
    Messages:
    106,418
    If you read the symptoms, it's seems pretty obvious that the secondary router is connected via the WAN port, hence my suggestion.
     
  8. Sponsor

As Seen On
As Seen On...

Welcome to Tech Support Guy!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Join over 733,556 other people just like you!

Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Short URL to this thread: https://techguy.org/323001

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice