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Solved: Help, router died--work around not working

Discussion in 'Networking' started by fhatl, May 18, 2015.

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  1. fhatl

    fhatl Thread Starter

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    I have comcast internet with a motorola modem and an ASUS router. Router appears dead -- Not even a power light while on.

    As a workaround I pulled the router, connected the modem to an 8 port switch and connected my laptop to the same switch. That works fine. BUT, when I connect another 5 port switch located in upstairs office to the same switch I cannot get the desktop and other hardware located there to connect???
    Same story with yet another 5 port switch in basement.

    I have powered modem and switches down and back up numerous times, but keep getting error connecting to internet.

    The only difference is when I had the router in the loop I connected the modem to the router and then the router to the 8 port etc, etc.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
     
  2. etaf

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    you need a router to route multiple devices
    with a modem to a switch you can only have 1 device connected
     
  3. fhatl

    fhatl Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the information. After sitting down and going over things in my head, I realized it would not work to add multiple switches. I actually pulled out one of my old routers that I had configured as a WAP and reset it to factory and configured for my home network. I'm back up and running (although at wireless G speeds) for the time being.

    Now to see what to do with a fairly expensive ASUS router that is now a brick. Guess I will stick to CISCO / LINKSYS in the future.
     
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