Connecting Two Networks

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Grapes

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I've done a brief search of the forum and found a few relative topics, but not specific to my situation - unless I missed something. So, for my first post, here's a good one I'm sure someone can help me answer.

I'm currently running a DLink DI-604 (E type) wired broadband router. Connected to it are three computers, one running Windows XP Home, one running Windows XP Professional, and one running Windows 2000.

My neighbor is, as well, running a DLink DI-604 (E type) wired broadband router. He has two computers, both running Windows XP Professional.

We would like to be able to share files, and since we live in townhouses we are directly beside eachother and running a piece of CAT5 out one window and into another window it's an issue. So the first attempt was made...

I set the IP on my router to 192.168.1.1 and all the computers on my network were then set to 192.168.1.x, with a gateway and DNS address of 192.168.1.1. I then disabled DHCP in my router. On his router, I repeated the steps but used 192.168.0.x as the network. We connected a straight through cable between the routers regular "inbound" ports. The built in cable-test showed the cables were connected properly ... but no shared files could be found. We again tried with a crossover cable (although the DI-604 will auto-sense and auto-adjust for cable type required, it was worth a shot) but had no luck.

I know I'm missing something here, perhaps it just got too complicated, OR, it just can't be done. In the end, I guess my question is - can we share files, yet maintain our own separate internet connections? If so, where did I go wrong?

*** As I'm typing this message, I just received an email from DLink - I posed the same question to them, and they answered "The only way to share files is if both networks are on the same IP level (ie. 192.168.1.x) using the same gateway. In that scenario you end up sharing the one internet connection instead of two." I'm hoping someone here will tell me different.

Thanks everyone.
 
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Set both routers to the same IP subnet.

Router 1

IP: 192.168.1.1
SN: 255.255.255.0
Turn Off DHCP

Router 2

IP: 192.168.1.100
SN: 255.255.255.0
Turn Off DHCP

House Network to Use Router 1

Set Static IP

PC 1
IP: 192.168.1.10
SN: 255.255.255.0
Gateway: 192.168.1.1
DNS: Provided by Router 1 ISP

PC 2
IP: 192.168.1.20
SN: 255.255.255.0
Gateway: 192.168.1.1
DNS: Provided by Router 1 ISP

House Network to Use Router 2

Set Static IP

PC 1
IP: 192.168.1.110
SN: 255.255.255.0
Gateway: 192.168.1.100
DNS: Provided by Router 2 ISP

PC 2
IP: 192.168.1.120
SN: 255.255.255.0
Gateway: 192.168.1.100
DNS: Provided by Router 2 ISP

Both systems should be on the same subnet and each use their own internet connection through the default gateway.

All PC can then file share.

I pray you remain in good favor with your neighbor ;)
 
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