Solved: Connect Wireless Router to Wired Router?

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Thread Starter
Aug 14, 2010
My small home network is connected to a Z100G Zone Alarm router via wires. This router has WiFi but I do not use it as it is not wireless N capable. I would like to have wireless N to stream movies to a wireless N BluRay player. I would like to keep the Z100G because of the firewall function.

Can I just connect a new wireless N router to the Z100G? If so, would it then be best to connect all the network computers to the new router either via wired or wireless?

Mar 15, 2010
yes you can connect one router to another, many public locations(like cafe's and restaurants) use this scheme to offer wireless to the customer without putting them on the same network as the restaurant uses for all of their data.

personally however, if you're getting a new router anyway for the wireless n... I would save myself a lot of extra mess and just use the new router without using the old one. that's up to you though.


Thread Starter
Aug 14, 2010
Thanks for the reply, galoryber...

I want to keep my old router because it is a SPI hardware firewall. I think a new wireless N router would be much less expensive than upgrading to a new router with a hardware firewall that has wireless N.

Any recommendations or thoughts would be appreciated...
Mar 15, 2010
to be honest i think you might have a hard time finding a new wireless n router that DOESN'T come with SPI. unless you've got your eye on one specifically?
Mar 15, 2010
as an example, i looked this up on google, and came across this wireless N router for $30 bucks.
I'm not saying this is your best choice, I'm just showing you that it's no longer an added expense :) You have to hit the manual before it will actually SAY it uses SPI, just because the average user doesn't know what that is, but its there.


Thread Starter
Aug 14, 2010
Thanks for the info, galoryber...

I guess what I should have said is that my current router is a UTM gateway...see specs below:

Technical Specifications:

ZoneAlarm Secure Wireless Router
Total Users
5 (Upgradeable to 15)
Firewall / VPN Throughput (Mbps) 70 / 5
Concurrent connections 4,000
Integrated 4-Port LAN Switch 4-port 10/100 Mbps Full Duplex LAN switch with automatic crossover (MDI-X) detection.

10/100 WAN Port Yes
2 x USB 2.0 Port Print Server Yes
Wall Mounting Kit Yes
Anti-theft Slot Yes
Wireless Specifications**
Wireless Protocols 802.11b (11Mbps), 802.11g (54Mbps), Super-G
Wireless Security WEP, WPA2 (802.11i), WPA-PSK,
Wireless Range (Standard Mode) Up to 100m indoors and 300m outdoors
Wireless Range (XR Mode) Up to 300m indoors and 1 km outdoors
Firewall & Security Features
Firewall Check Point Stateful Inspection with Application Intelligence [?]
Application Intelligence SmartDefense (IDS/IPS) Yes
Instant Messenger Blocking / Monitoring Yes
P2P File Sharing Blocking / Monitoring Yes
Add-on Services*
Gateway Antivirus [?] Yes
Antivirus Supported Protocols HTTP, FTP, NBT, POP3, IMAP, SMTP, User-defined TCP and UDP ports.
On the Fly Decompression Yes
Centralized Email Antivirus and Antispam Yes
Web Filtering Yes
VPN and Remote Desktop
Remote Access Users 1
Remote Access Client Software Check Point VPN-1® SecuRemote™
Remote Desktop Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)
WAN access protocols Static IP, DHCP, PPPoE, PPTP, Telstra
Network Address Translation Yes
DHCP server, client and relay Yes
Centralized Management Support
Management Server SMP [?]
Local Web-based Management
Friendly, Wizard based setup Internet connection, Firewall rule wizard, VPN, Certificate, SmartDefense wizard & more.
Local Diagnostics Tools Ping, WHOIS, Packet Sniffer, VPN Tunnel Monitor, Connection Table Monitor, Wireless Monitor, Active Computers Display, Local Logs
HTTPS remote access Yes
Other Management Methods
NTP Automatic Time Setting Yes
TFTP Rapid Deployment Yes
Other Hardware Specifications
Physical Dimensions (W x H x D)
20 x 3.1 x 15.5 cm (7.9' x 1.2' x 6.1')

Weight 0.7 kg (1.56 lbs)
Power 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz (Depending on Country)
Regulatory Compliance FCC Part 15 Class B, CE
Warranty One-Year Hardware

* Requires additional purchase of service
** Super-G and XR mode only available with select wireless network adapters. Actual ranges are subject to change in different environments
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