Router Configuration setting recommendations?

November 22, 2010 at 13:15:54
Specs: Windows XP
I have a peer to peer network in a long building.
Actiontec M1000 DSL router from Qwest. single cable, non-wireless. IP is
DHCP is ON, with address range of to 192.168.254.

Downstream from the Actiontec I have a Linksys 4-port Bridge.
Plugged into the bridge I have 2 Linksys WRT54GS wireless DSL routers.
Both Linksys's are used as Wireless Access Points. DHCP turned off.

Plugged into Linksys #1 are wired connections to
1. A desktop machine - main office use.
2. A network Printer/Copier
3. Another desktop machine for occasional use.

the wireless feature is used by a desktop computer that is hard to reach with cables so it has a wireless modem.

One hundred feet away is Linksys #2. It has no hardwired connections and is only used as a Wireless Access Point. DHCP turned off.

What settings should I use for each of the Linksys WAP's?

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November 22, 2010 at 13:22:36
Click on my name above in my response and read my "how-to" guide on "adding a second router".

You're going to want to go with the LAN port to LAN port scenario.

If you can avoid daisychaining as follows:

Router 1 >> Router 2 >> Router 3

and go with something like the following:

Router 1 >> Router 1 and Router 3

Then I would.

When you daisychain you aggregate bandwidth. In the first scenario, Router 2 is carrying all traffic from Router 3 as well as it's own. In the second scenario, it's only carrying it's own traffic. Also, if Router 2 fails and Router 3 is plugged in to it, 3 also stops communicating. In scenario 2, if Router 2 fails, Router 3 does not lose connectivity.

Router 1 should be the only one with DHCP enabled.

Router's 2 and 3 should have LAN IP's in the same subnet but outside of the DHCP Scope. As per the TCP/IP settings you listed above I would do as follows:

Router 2:
Subnet Mask:
Default Gateway:

Router 3:
Subnet Mask:
Default Gateway:

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
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I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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