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Solved: Connect Wireless Router to Wired Router?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by dennpad, Dec 1, 2010.

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  1. dennpad

    dennpad 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?

  2. galoryber


    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.
  3. dennpad

    dennpad 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...
  4. galoryber


    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?
  5. galoryber


    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.
  6. dennpad

    dennpad 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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