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    Hi,
    I have a question which hopefully you can answer.

    Router/Modem one is attached to the internet and transmits a wireless signal. My computer is connected to the internet via a wireless adapter, when I want to connect to my network TV HDD, printer , and home server (possibly a windows home server in the future) I just disconnect from Router one and connect to Router two. I want to know if it is possible to run a wired Ethernet cable in-between my computer and router two so I can connect to both networks. Wired to router two with the HDD and printer, and wireless to router one for internet.
    Now here are the rules!!!

    -I can NOT run a wire in-between router one and router two (by order of wife!)
    -I can disable the wireless and/or DHCP on router two or even replace it with a switch.

    If you have any good answers I would really appreciate them.
    Thanks a lot,

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    rosy, let me ask you this. Who's the boss in your home, you or your wife?
    you can't connect two routers in series, normally people will install the switches for this or go with wireless if the wife don't want wire to run all over the house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deton View Post
    rosy, let me ask you this. Who's the boss in your home, you or your wife?
    you can't connect two routers in series, normally people will install the switches for this or go with wireless if the wife don't want wire to run all over the house.
    I run two routers in series, they're connected together via Ethernet cable. mine looks as follows:

    Modem......Router1 ..................Router 2(with wireless)........................ Wireless Clients
    |_|=====|_DI-604_|==========|_WRT54G_|................................... Nintendo WII
    ................. || ..................................||.............. .||.........................................Laptop 1
    ..............Comp1......................Comp2.... ...........Comp3................................ Laptop2
    (sry had to separate diagram with dots, spaces didn't work)


    For the rosy's wireless thing
    If you want to connect your PC to both routers simultaneously in parallel you would need another wireless NIC card and have one assigned to router 1 and the other assigned to router 2. correct me if I'm wrong I've never tried such a feat on my network.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xApemanx View Post
    I run two routers in series, they're connected together via Ethernet cable. mine looks as follows:

    Modem......Router1 ..................Router 2(with wireless)........................ Wireless Clients
    |_|=====|_DI-604_|==========|_WRT54G_|................................... Nintendo WII
    ................. || ..................................||.............. .||.........................................Laptop 1
    ..............Comp1......................Comp2.... ...........Comp3................................ Laptop2
    (sry had to separate diagram with dots, spaces didn't work)

    hmmmmmmmmm....never try it but how did you get it work when each router have it own IP address and one internet port?
    So this is still have 2 sepereate network then?
    I see your diagram shown comp1 linked to comp2,3 and laptop2 via comp to comp so they see each other.

    I don't see the benifit of this (2 routers), why dont just use a wireless router for all. You can hook up to 4 wired equipment to it and then the rest you can put it thru wireless.

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    well.. simple answer would be 'yes'.
    you will just set up different ip ranges for different connections and it'll work ( or it should work ) without any problems.

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    I though so, 2 seperate networks in one household.
    Like I said never done it before. So can the computers on network 1 seeing all the computers or other equipment hooked up in network 2?

    Get back to Rosy's case, he wants to hook up server, printer and etc on the router 2. Can any computers in network 1 access to these equipments via router?

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    Seems to be some confusion with my diagram. its supposed to look like follows.
    the spaces represent the dots.


    its 1 network the "=" and "||" represent cables and anything under the wireless clients is running on wireless.

    at first we had our home all on wireless but it was garbage for gaming so I had to push a wire from my basement office (where the modem and business computer was) to my room then split it with the WRT54G to my gaming rig and my sisters computer.

    I hooked em both together and they worked fine off the bat till I had to open ports.

    The WRT54G was assigned an IP of 192.168.0.100 automatically. So I set it to static as that.
    Created static IP address on my gaming rig as 192.168.1.142.
    Then just forwarded the necessary ports on the DI-604 to 192.168.0.100 .
    After that forward the same ports on the WRT54G to 192.168.1.142.

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    Hi
    I know it is old topic, but suddenly it is new to me.
    I will explain the situation I need help with.
    I was installing CCTV system, that is sending alarms to the monitoring station over broadband connection. The customeris quite concern about his site so he figured out that he will get second broadband connection as backup. So now I have one DVR ( digital video recorder), two routers with two different broadbands.
    The idea is that both routers work on one network. Dvr is connected to first rourer(R1) and using its broadband. When for some reason R1 goes down DVR should be able to use second router (R2) automaticaly to send alarms through its broadband connection. Laptop is connected to R2 router and if its connection goes down it should pick up R1 broadband connection automaticaly.


    R2-------R1
    \__Laptop \__DVR

    At the moment I have managed to get both routers on one network. DHCP is off on both routers. The dvr and Laptop have static IP addresses. The DVR is using R1 broadband connection and Laptop is using R2 connection. And that is it. When either R1 or R2 goes down device conected to it is loosing connection. Is not able to pick up other routers broadband. It is down to gateways beig different for each router. They just can not be this same. I am stuck. I know it can be done but I have no idea how?

    The IP ranges of both router are same 192.168.0.1-192.168.0.254

    R1 has IP 192.168.0.250 gateway 192.168.0.250
    R2 has IP 192.168.0.1 gateway 192.168.0.1
    Laptop has Ip 192.168.0.34 gateway 192.168.0.1
    DVR has IP 192.168.0.251 gateway 192.168.0.250
    mask is same 255.255.255.0

    Does anyone has any idea how to do it? No wifi can be used. Only hard wired connections. Actually there is also switch connected to R1 router bt it is rather irrelevant in this case.

    Also I don't know why, but laptop has to have DNS set up this same as gateway or it wont connect to the net.

    Please. Any ideas are welcome.
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    If memory serves you need a dual wan router for the easiest setup but I am no expert quite the opposite.

    There will be others with a lot more on this than me.
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    I'm not sure if I understand it correctly, but it basic mechanics. Get wireless network cards for the pc's and let them all connect to the router wireless and the other with cable. Just setup the equipment you don't want to give access to the internet's MAC address on the router. We have about 6 computers in our home and none of them has wireless. So, I connected a switch to my router and the computers to the switch and just set the 2 computers I don't want to give access to the internet on my router's settings.

    As far as I know, a computer can only connect to one network with one network card. You will need two network cards, but it depends if the OS will allow two connections.

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