2 or more routers on the same home network



Richard
07-10-2005, 02:52 AM
I currently have 2 computers installed on my wired network, and am looking at
adding two more. One of those two is a laptop which belongs to my brother in
law, who lives in another part of this very large house. What I would like to
do is to run a cable from the wired router to the wan port of a wireless
80211 g router in his area of the house, and install a wireless card in his
laptop, and let him roam wherever he wants to go.
Is it possible to daisy chain a router to another router, or would I have to
get rid of my wired router and buy some network range expansion hardware?

Steve Winograd [MVP]
07-10-2005, 02:52 AM
In article <AA7D57DD-5A4D-4882-AFD6-744F3FBC1E73@microsoft.com>,
"Richard" <Richard@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
>I currently have 2 computers installed on my wired network, and am looking at
>adding two more. One of those two is a laptop which belongs to my brother in
>law, who lives in another part of this very large house. What I would like to
>do is to run a cable from the wired router to the wan port of a wireless
>80211 g router in his area of the house, and install a wireless card in his
>laptop, and let him roam wherever he wants to go.
>Is it possible to daisy chain a router to another router, or would I have to
>get rid of my wired router and buy some network range expansion hardware?

Yes, you can daisy chain the routers like you describe, provided that
the they use different TCP/IP subnets (e.g. 192.168.0.x/255.255.255.0
and 192.168.1.x/255.255.255.0). With that setup:

1. The wireless computer will be able to access the Internet.

2. The wireless computer will be able (with some difficulty) to access
shared disks, folders, and printers on your computers.

3. Your computers won't be able to access shared disks, folders, and
printers on the wireless computer.

If you want all of the computers to share resources with each other,
configure the wireless router as an access point only, bypassing its
routing capabilities:

1. Disable its built-in DHCP server.
2. Assign it a LAN IP address in the same subnet as the wired router.
3. Connect the cable to one of the LAN ports on the wireless router.
4. Don't connect anything to its WAN port.
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Richard G. Harper
07-10-2005, 02:52 AM
If you want both computers to be part of the same network (be able to share
files and printers) you can do this but you'll need to be sure that your
wireless router allows you to disable its DHCP server and operate in an
access-point-only mode. Most will, so check the wireless router's manual.

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"Richard" <Richard@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:AA7D57DD-5A4D-4882-AFD6-744F3FBC1E73@microsoft.com...
>I currently have 2 computers installed on my wired network, and am looking
>at
> adding two more. One of those two is a laptop which belongs to my brother
> in
> law, who lives in another part of this very large house. What I would like
> to
> do is to run a cable from the wired router to the wan port of a wireless
> 80211 g router in his area of the house, and install a wireless card in
> his
> laptop, and let him roam wherever he wants to go.
> Is it possible to daisy chain a router to another router, or would I have
> to
> get rid of my wired router and buy some network range expansion hardware?

Jack
07-10-2005, 02:52 AM
Hi

The following pages describe the two basic methods that can be used in
connecting few Entry Level Routers.

Try to ignore the specific purposes that the pages were written for and
stick to the principles.

http://www.ezlan.net/router_AP.html

http://www.ezlan.net/shield.html

Jack (MVP-Networking).



"Richard" <Richard@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:AA7D57DD-5A4D-4882-AFD6-744F3FBC1E73@microsoft.com...
> I currently have 2 computers installed on my wired network, and am looking
at
> adding two more. One of those two is a laptop which belongs to my brother
in
> law, who lives in another part of this very large house. What I would like
to
> do is to run a cable from the wired router to the wan port of a wireless
> 80211 g router in his area of the house, and install a wireless card in
his
> laptop, and let him roam wherever he wants to go.
> Is it possible to daisy chain a router to another router, or would I have
to
> get rid of my wired router and buy some network range expansion hardware?


2 or more routers on the same home network