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Solved: Internet provider wireless modem/router and my hard wired router

Discussion in 'Networking' started by golddust, Mar 20, 2014.

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  1. golddust

    golddust Thread Starter

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    Hope this isn't confusing but, my internet provider (my cable company) came in to set up a wireless modem/router when we upped our internet speed today. We have three desktop computers which are hard wired to our existing Linksys router which we have been using previously. Would it be in our best interest to turn off the wireless function of that router (it's hooked up to the new modem/wireless router so the hardwired computers can function since the new unit has no ports to plug in the desktop computers into). Our wireless devices are all 'connected' to the new modem/router (using its passphrase and SSID). Can the wireless capabilities of each interfere with each other? They are sitting right next to each other.
     
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    It's confusing to me, but can make two comments ...

    a. If you are not using the wireless network of a router it's best to disable or turn off the wireless--saves electricity and should extend the life of the router.

    b. Two wireless networks whose channel numbers are less than five from each other can interfere. In North America if possible use channels 1, 6 and 11 to guarantee non interference.
     
  3. golddust

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    Of course, I found out this post wasn't necessary until after I made it. Went back to re-examine that modem/router last night, and realized it did have the ports in the back. Why the technician saw fit to leave my router and plug it into the new router/modem Ethernet port is beyond me. I plugged all the hardwired computers directly into the Ethernet ports in the modem/router and removed my Linksys router. Everything is working great - just had to reprogram our streaming media boxes.
     
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