Networking - Switch? Hub? Bridge? what do I

April 16, 2010 at 02:31:10
Specs: Windows XP
I have a cable modem going to a Lynksys Wireless router (From T-Mobile for VOIP) in my home office. Here's what I do now and what I'd like to do instead but am very confused on how to do it.

Currently: Our i-Mac connects to the router wired (Ethernet cable. Our HP printer connects wireless 802.11g a few feet away and we have two laptops that connect wireless. In the living-room we have an X-box 360 and a TiVo HD that both need access to the network and ultimately to the internet. Right now we run this really long cable across the floor whenever we want to stream videos on the TiVo or the kids want to play X-box live. My wife hates it and it's temporary. First off, I don't want to go wireless because both are proprietary adapters and for the TiVo it's much better being hard wired for the streaming and video transfers.

What I want to do. Can I run one Ethernet (under the floor permanently) to the location of the TV and connect a router that I have there and plug both the TiVo and the X-box into it and have access to the internet?

Or I was thinking of moving the modem and router to the TV since we have the coax running there already and then I could connect the i-mac wireless and the printer al;ready is but then I have to do a bunch of crap with the phone lines. I don't want to run two really long Ethernet cables because I don't have enough and I already have an extra router (Netgear Router Gateway RP614) and I also have an extra D-link wireless router (DI524)


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#1
April 16, 2010 at 03:02:11
The correct setup for networking should be
Modem > Router > Switch > Device(s)

In you case I would suggest running Ethernet cable to the TV and then installing a switch. From the switch you can run both the TiVo and the xBox. The setup is simply plug and play.

You could install the spare router you have at the TV instead of the switch but this would require extra setup on that router. To do this you would either need to disable the "router" part of the software, or you may have to get involved with static IP address and changing default gateways to point to your other router.

You could make a start here http://forum1.netgear.com/showthrea...

Personally, I would go for the switch. Setup is much simpler and will make future troubleshooting easier. There is nothing worse than the wife and kids screaming at you because xbox is not working.......

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#2
April 16, 2010 at 07:43:04
You could install the spare router you have at the TV instead of the switch but this would require extra setup on that router. To do this you would either need to disable the "router" part of the software, or you may have to get involved with static IP address and changing default gateways to point to your other router.

Just FYI....

If it's a router with 4 LAN ports, you would plug the uplink from the other router into a LAN port, and the clients into the LAN port.

The only real setup required would be to give the LAN side of that router an IP in the same subnet as the upstream router (preferably one outside of the DHCP scope) the same subnet mask, and make the gateway IP the IP of the upstream router's LAN side as you already pointed out. You would also want to ensure DHCP is shut off on the downstream router.

For me the above would take about 2 minutes. For someone who has less experience, 5 to 10 min's maybe. I only mention it because doing it this way would save you the cost of a switch, and, you wouldn't have a second router sitting around doing nothing but collecting dust.

Click on my name above in my response read my "how-to" guide on adding a second router for more info.


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#3
April 16, 2010 at 09:47:30
OK. Well thank you both very much. I think I'd rather have a switch it sounds like but unfortunately I don't so I think I'll give a go at configuring the router as Curt has suggested. It will probably take me 2 hours but I'll figure it out. I'll check out the instructions at the link you provided. Thanks again.

Kirk


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