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Can I plug an ethernet cable into one router, then another cable in another router?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by one.sensei, Apr 16, 2009.

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  1. one.sensei

    one.sensei Thread Starter

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    I need my wireless router several more feet away than one cable will allow. One computer plugs in, and one is wireless; so that means I would need 2 or 3 ethernet cables plugged into the router. I have one very long cable so I was thinking I could run it to the wireless router where I need it, and have the non-wireless router by the computer that needs to be plugged in and run a cable from that to the computer as well as have the long cable plugged in and run that to the wireless router. Make sense? Would that work?

    Thanks.
     
  2. casper0191

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    That will work just make sure that your router's brand is the same. But why don't you buy a longer LAN cable? That'll be more cheaper instead of buying another router to extend the connection.
     
  3. one.sensei

    one.sensei Thread Starter

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    I already have the router. I just recently got the wireless one.
    And... They are both linksys.
     
  4. JohnWill

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    Configure the secondary router as follows, that will solve the issue.


    Connecting two (or more) SOHO broadband routers together.

    Note: The "primary" router can be an actual router, a software gateway like Microsoft Internet Connection Sharing, or a server connection that has the capability to supply more than one IP address using DHCP server capability. No changes are made to the primary "router" configuration.

    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. 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, 192.168.0.253 for another router, etc.

    Note: Do this first, as you will have to reboot the computer to connect to the router again for the remaining changes.

    Disable the DHCP server in the secondary router.

    Setup the wireless section just the way you would if it was the primary router, channels, encryption, etc.

    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!

    This procedure bypasses the routing function (NAT layer) and configures the router as a switch (or wireless access point for wireless routers).

    For reference, here's a link to a Typical example config using a Netgear router
     
  5. casper0191

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    Well if you just want to extend the router why don't you just use a wireless Lan card for your computer(s). That way you won't have a hard time configuring the wireless Router to recognized the Wired one. But you really want to do it just follow the instructions that i the another commenter.
     
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