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Vonage router and Linksys Router sharing problem

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Peter Komar, Jan 28, 2007.

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  1. Peter Komar

    Peter Komar Thread Starter

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    Evening,
    My home network use to consist of 3 comps all running XP Pro and a Vonage router. With the addition of a 4th comp, I have had to use a port on the back of the RTP 300 for one comp. The four others ( 3 comps and the Vonage router )are connected to my Linksys WRT54GL. and I have no problems sharing files and printers. The one comp connected to the Vonage router will not allow file sharing or show up in Network Connections although it has no trouble accessing the net. Is there a setting in the Linksys router that I have to change to allow this one comp to share? I can't access the RTP 300 to make changes as it is locked. I have made sure all the comps are using the same work group and all file and printer settings are set the same on all comps. Any help would be appreciated. :)
     
  2. apr911

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    Because of the configuration you have described and the ways routers inherently work, your 4th computer, plugged into the back of your vonage router is isolated on its own LAN and subnet.

    The easiest solution I have found is to purchase a Hub or Switch to use to add additional port capabilities to your initial router. The switch is faster so it is preferred, but the hub is cheaper. On your network being as small as it is, you likely wont notice a major performance difference between a switch and a hub.

    To avoid quality degradation your vonage router should be plugged into a switch and not a hub or for optimal performance remain directly plugged into your initial router with your computers plugged into the switch or hub.

    There may be a way to make your vonage router and all computers connected to it join an existing subnet essentially turning your router into a switch but from what I recall of the firmware on my vonage router when i had it, there was no easy way to do this. There may be 3rd party firmware that allows you to do so but I am not sure.
     
  3. Peter Komar

    Peter Komar Thread Starter

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    Thank you for your help apr911, I will pickup a switch next weekend and give it a go.
     
  4. gurutech

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    Don't use the uplink/wan/internet port on the Vonage router. Connect port 1 of the Vonage router to one of the ports on the Linksys, then connect the 4th computer to port 2, 3, or 4 on the Vonage router. This will force the Vonage router to work in "switch" mode, and place it on the same subnet of the Linksys router.
     
  5. Peter Komar

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    Thank you gurutech for the suggestion. I tried it but the phone system stopped working. Someone suggested to do it again but using a cross over cable instead. Do you think that would work?:)
     
  6. Peter Komar

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    Problem solved, I found an extra wireless card and installed it. Network is now complete.
     
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