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Richard
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Hi TechGuys,

I have been using a wired router for many years and do not want to give it up (I feel more secure with my data going over known wires than being broadcast even if only for a short distance. I recall that when Google Maps cruised around my neighborhood taking movies they also captured some wireless info:().

But I need a wireless router to load up some pictures on my new picture frame. Can I purchase a wireless router and use it even though I have a wired network?

If so, what should I look out for with this configuration?

Thanks for any help you can give.

PCB.
 

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Can I purchase a wireless router and use it even though I have a wired network?
yes

But I need a wireless router to load up some pictures on my new picture frame.
you can often load via a USB drive or SD Card - whats the make and model of the picture frame


Connecting two (or more) SOHO broadband routers together.

Note: The "primary" router can be an actual router, a software gateway like Microsoft Internet Connection Sharing, or a server connection that has the capability to supply more than one IP address using DHCP server capability. No changes are made to the primary "router" configuration.

Configure the IP address of the secondary router(s) to be in the same subnet as the primary router, but out of the range of the DHCP server in the primary router. For instance DHCP server addresses 192.168.0.2 through 192.168.0.100, I'd assign the secondary router 192.168.0.254 as it's IP address, 192.168.0.253 for another router, etc.

Note: Do this first, as you will have to reboot the computer to connect to the router again for the remaining changes.

Disable the DHCP server in the secondary router.

Setup the wireless section just the way you would if it was the primary router, channels, encryption, etc.

Connect from the primary router's LAN port to one of the LAN ports on the secondary router. If there is no uplink port and neither of the routers have auto-sensing ports, use a cross-over cable. Leave the WAN port unconnected!

This procedure bypasses the routing function (NAT layer) and configures the router as a switch (or wireless access point for wireless routers).

For reference, here's a link to a Typical example config using a Netgear router
 

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Thanks etaf. My frame does have USB a socket and I will use that. The wireless option is probably not cost effective for this.

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