Brdge 2 networks to home server

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July 3, 2010 at 14:51:17
Specs: Windows Vista, 7, Home Server
I have two different broadband connections in my home.

Verizon FIOS with an Actiontec M1424WR wireless router repeated by a Belkin Universal Repeater

Optimum Cable connected through a Motorola SBV5222 modem to a Netgear WNR2000 wireless router to a Hawking Hi gain range extender HWREN1

Downstairs cable is hard=wired to a Whdows home server and a windows 7 machine.

Upstairs FIOS is hard-wired to a vista machine.

Wireless Epson Artisan connects to upstaris FIOS wirelessly.

Multiple laptops Mac OS X, Vista, XP and 7 connect to either network.

Can I "bridge" (I don't know if this is right terminology) or otherwise connect upstairs FIOS network to downstairs cable network so all nodes can access server and printer?

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July 4, 2010 at 05:23:23
Whichever way you decide to connect the two routers (wired or wirelessly) you will have to change the LAN configuration on one of the two routers. You would want them both on the same subnet so all LAN devices could communicate.

If you click on my name above and read my "how-to" guide on adding a second router the "LAN port to LAN port" scenario is the one you'll want to use if you interconnect the two routers with a network cable (the easiest solution).

In your case however, since you have two separate providers, you'd want to shut off DHCP on the downstream router and statically assign TCP/IP settings to those clients you wish to have use that as their internet connection.

With the upstream router having an IP like: and your downstream:, you would just have to be sure all clients you want using .2 as their internet connection have that IP address ( statically assigned as their Default Gateway IP, along with their IP and subnet mask.

For the sake of clarity, here's how I'd do it.

Router 1 (provider 1)
LAN config
DHCP: enabled
DHCP Scope: to

Router 2 (provider 2)
(Connected from LAN port on router 2 to a LAN port on router 1 as well as the external connection to the internet that plugs in to the WAN port on this router)
LAN config
DHCP: disabled

All clients on router 2 have their IP settings statically assigned using IP's not in the DHCP scope. Also, for obvious reasons, do not use .1 or .2

The default gateway for clients connected to router 2 would be

All other clients would get their TCP/IP settings from the DHCP server on router 1 and those would include Default Gateway IP:

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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July 4, 2010 at 08:14:57
You will not be able to use dhcp servers unless you don't care which gateway is used. If you don't care than you still need to limit the amount of ips in the scope of each dhcp server or you can end up with all devices assigned from one dhcp server which defeats having two gateways.

Normally for this you would disable the dhcp servers are each router and assign all ips statically.

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