Home network with wifi router and switches

January 29, 2011 at 13:46:02
Specs: Windows 7
I want to set up an home network with a wireless router and use multiple switches for wired connections through out my home. I currently have an Airport extreme hooked up to a cable modem and a leviton gateway hooked up to the Airport. The 2 computers connected to the Leviton are on a windows 7 homegroup and share fine, but won't share or discover any wireless device connected to Airport. My main goal is to have a wireless/wired network with all computers sharing information with each other. I want 2-3 wired switches/gateways with a min of 2 devices connected to each, connected to my wireless router whiich is connected to cable modem. Any suggestions to make this work?

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January 29, 2011 at 14:07:24
Why do you feel you need multiple switches?
Why do you have two routers?

It would appear your sharing issue is due to two routers/two subnets.

You do understand the KISS principle?

I would suggest you drop the Leviton from the mix since the airport will do everything you need.

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January 29, 2011 at 14:21:16
You currently have two routers in your setup and both are doing DHCP. That is why the two systems connected to the Leviton cannot communicate with devices connected to the Airport. They are in different IP subnets.

I have not read the Leviton manual nor the Airport but if you want all devices in the same subnet then you should disable DHCP in the downstream router ( The Leviton ) and connect to it's LAN port rather than WAN port, or discontinue using it anyway since it is only a 10/100 device.

Replace this with a gigabit switch.

You have not really defined your proposed network. Do you intend or already have Cat5 cable run from Modem/router location to each user location in the home or do you intend to use wireless distribution , and then use Wireless Bridge devices & Switches share wired connections in the various rooms ?

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January 30, 2011 at 05:37:49
Richard, my proposed setup is to connect some kind of router/switch to my cable modem via cat 5. From there I want to hook up a pc that stores all my movies and then I want to add 3 hardwired "zones", that have multilple media players/gaming devices/pc's and 3 single devices (a total of 4pcs, 3 gaming devices, and 5 media centers). I would like to do this without running a fistfull of cat 5 to each "zone". I also want to move my Airport extreme to a more central location in my home to maximize coverage and signal, and I would like everything to comunicate with each other. All pc's are running Windows 7. I had planned on replacing the Leviton, but just not sure on the what equipment I really need (gigabit switches?) or the basics to make this all work. I hope this gives you a better idea of what I'm trying to accomplish.

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