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Old 01-24-2010, 01:22 PM   #1
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Currently, my home network consists of...
1. Cable modem
2. Linksys wireless/4 port router
3. Linksys 4 port router
4. Verizon DSL/wireless/4port router. which is bridgeable. I can disable the DSL function of it and use it just like the above Linksys.
5. 4 computers. All over the house and 1 out in the garage.

I would like to add the 2nd wireless router out in the garage, but I can't seem to remember how to set these things up. Each one of my routers is "different" when it comes to the setup menu. Mainly the Verizon one.

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For the first router, it should be setup of static or auto dhcp?
If DHCP, do I statically set the other 2 routers as 192.168.1.2 and 192.168.1.3?

Right now the main router is 192.168.1.1
second router is 192.168.2.1
Should the 3rd one be 192.168.3.1?

Also, if possible, I would like to access each router from any computer in the network to make changes or whatever.
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You got too much chit mahn!

Go with one main hub router and have that set to Auto DHCP. Either DSL this or Cable modem it.

Hard wire to each end user point. if you need more connections at each point, then use a HUB (no router). You can even use a wireless hub at any point in the connection.

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I'm curious as to why you have routers running to routers running to computers. That just doesn't make any sense to me.
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I can get rid of the Linksys 4 port router. But I would really like to keep that Verizon wireless router out in the garage for the computer out there. Plus I can extend my wireless range outside because my house has metal siding. Does a good job of blocking RF signals inside and out. Having the computer out in the garage comes in handy for doing research on the car/having friend over with his laptop allows him to connect also.
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I'm curious as to why you have routers running to routers running to computers. That just doesn't make any sense to me.
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Ok, do this.

Cable Modem---->Wireless Router---->connect the three computers inside the house wireless to this router. Run a CAT-5 cable to your other wireless router in the garage. Connect the computer in the garage to this router via CAT-5 and then allow anybody else that you want to connect to it wireless.

For ease and pure awesome make sure both routers are Linksys, then go to http://www.dd-wrt.com and find your routers on that site. Download the firmware and flash both routers. This will allow more powerful admin tools and even allow you "boost" your signal therefore increasing your wireless range.
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All my computers are non-wireless. Only one is wireless. I removed the 1 Linksys 4 port router and that PC is connected directly to the Linksys wireless router.
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Make them wireless then. Buy some USB wireless adapters. They are worth it. You'll save headache by getting rid of a lot of cables.
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no no no no.... no... lol

The first three octets (xxx.xxx.xxx) of your ip address are the network address. By having the routers set up like they are, every one is on a different network and cannot communicate.

Here'* my suggestion. Your main router will be 192.168.1.1 with DHCP turned on, all other routers need to have DHCP turned off, computers will grab addresses from the main router. The modem will be connected to the main router via the Internet port, this is the only router that will use the internet port. Run a cable from the main router to your other routers. The other routers will be statically assigned 192.168.1.2, 192.168.1.3, etc. keeping them all on the same network (192.168.1).

The main routers DHCP needs to be configured not to hand out the statically assigned addresses you give to your other routers. With Linksys, I think they start handing out addresses at .100, so as long as your routers static addresses are all less than .100 (.2, .3, etc.), you will be fine.

When you connect the secondary routers to the main router, DO NOT use the internet port, connect a numbered port to a numbered port. As long as you do all of this, everything should work AND your computers will be able to talk to each other!

You can also connect routers in a chain, for example. If you run a wire to a secondary router from the main, but it'* closer to run the wire from the secondary to a third router, you can do this as well.
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Wireless>Crazy router chains

It'* easier, cheaper, and less of an *** pain.
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