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Connecting 2 wireless routers to each other (linking their networks)

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Comapazine, Mar 26, 2010.

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  1. Comapazine

    Comapazine Thread Starter

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    It seems there are a lot of posts about networking with routers, but I believe from looking at the other posts that this has not already been answered, so here it is:

    So, basically I want to know if I can take two wireless routers (each having its own internet) and connect them to each other wirelessly to link the networks of computers that are connected to each individual router for file sharing, etc.

    I have two Verizon FiOS routers ( Model #: MI424WR ), each one individually goes to its own Verizon FiOS connection, meaning that in my house there are two separate Verizon FiOS subscriptions to two different people with their own little Verizon box thing hooked up attached to the side of the house. One is connected by a WAN Ethernet line, and the other one connects by a WAN COAX line, I don't really know the difference or why the Verizon guys that installed them each set it up that way, but it seems like perhaps useful information (and I'm just sort of curious). I'm also using Windows 7 64-bit.

    I could connect the two routers with a wired connection if I have to, because they're not far from each other, but I would prefer to have them connect to each other with their wireless functions. I'm not sure if what I'm talking about is even possible (if not then it would be great if someone could tell me what I have to do to establish a wired connection that would link the networks) or if this is just a dumb question. I've tried looking around in my Network and Sharing Center and other related places for any options or something to do what I'm looking for, but no luck---please help, I don't know where/how to begin.
     
  2. JohnWill

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    Well, the answer is no, the MI424WR will not bridge wirelessly to another router.

    Quite frankly, connecting the routers together with a wired connection will be problematic as well, since you'd have two DHCP servers. If you really want to share the FiOS connection, the right way is to get the boxes configured for Ethernet (which one is), and use a dual-WAN router. Then you only have a single network with access to the bandwidth of both FiOS connections.

    Why not lose one FiOS connection and save money? Hard to believe one FiOS connection won't serve the whole network.

    [​IMG]

    How much bandwidth do you need?
     
  3. Comapazine

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    aren't they both configured for ethernet? They are both hooked up to desktops with ethernet cords for internet. I'm not sure I understand how to set up the routers to have "dual-WAN" with the total bandwidth of both the routers, if you could explain how I do that that would be great, and would solve my problem (and then some).
     
  4. Comapazine

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    holy crap my FiOS connection is nothing near that... do you have something special? my down speed is 8-9mb/s and up is 1.5-2mb/s

    [​IMG]

    that result is with nobody else using internet on the router
     
  5. JohnWill

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    The package I have for FiOS is 35/35, though I've never seen more than 25 on the upload test. It's "sufficient" for most uses. :D

    When I spoke of a dual-WAN router, I'm actually talking about a new piece of equipment. Take a look at these models to start.

    LINKSYS RV042
    XINCOM XC-DPG502
    EDIMAX BR-624
    D-Link DI-LB604
     
  6. Comapazine

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    yeah, I think I'm SoL with those prices to buy another router
     
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    You can get a dual-WAN router for around $100 if you look around, that shouldn't be totally prohibitive, right? I don't think there's a clean way to accomplish your goal with no expenditure. :)
     
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