Two Routers at the Same Time

February 19, 2009 at 18:23:37
Specs: Windows XP, P4 2.66/512 DDR
I have searched the forums already and have some related entries, but none that match, so please forgive me if this has been posted.

I have a wireless Internet connection and need to use a wired router for my home network.

Some details:

- Wireless Internet connection is not mine and I do not access to the routers. I live in a neighborhood where 3, free connections are available. None of them require me sign in.

- I have a D-Link 604 wired router that I want to use for my home network, mainly to use for transferring files b/w my 2 machines and also so that I can use 1 machine for my Web server for development testing. The 2nd machine has Dreamweaver installed for the actual development.

- I do not need Web access on the Web server machine since I have the wireless Internet connection on the Dreamweaver machine, which is what I will use to FTP the Web site files to the Web host's server.

- In other posts here, I seen that I needed to change the IP address on the 2nd router (D-Link 604), which I did. The default address on the D-Link was, which was the same as the main free wireless Internet connection. I rebooted the D-Link router after changing the address. I also made sure that the address didn't conflict with the other addresses on the other free wireless connections.

- So now, the D-Link's address is, the Dreamweaver machine's address is, and the Web server development machine's address is

- When I have the USB wireless adapter disconnected, the home network works great. However, as soon as I plug in the adapter, the home network doesn't work and visa-versa (when I have the wireless adapter plugged in and disconnect the Dreamweaver machine from the home network, the Internet connection works great).

- I got the IP addresses from the other free wireless accounts a 2nd time just to make sure.

- There are other wireless connections (not free) in the neighborhood, which are secured and I'm unable to get the IP addresses from these. I'm assuming that since I cannot connect to these, that their IP addresses are irrelevant.

I cannot get my own wired account from the cable company since the landlord won't let me given that he is one of the free wireless providers. I have a year lease, which means I can't move in the near future and don't want to wait. The building is old and all the landline phone lines have been removed, so no DSL or other Internet connection type is possible.

I thought about changing the default gateway in the D-Link router, however, under that section in this router, it asks for the IP address of my cable provider. Since I don't an Internet connection hooked to the D-Link, it seems to me that this is not the answer.

Please help before I pull my hair out.

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February 19, 2009 at 20:18:17
The fact that the PC can only handle one interface at a time is normal. What you can do is install wireless adapters in your other machines, let them pick up an IP address from the same access point and forget about the Dlink. Then you can share your files.

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February 20, 2009 at 00:57:59

Thanks for your reply.

I guess I forgot to mention a few things...

1. I don't want to buy another adapter right now, simply cannot afford it (i know, they're only $30 to $50)

2. Since I don't have access to the wireless router (not mine) and I still want to set up a home network, my understanding is that in order to set up a home network where I will be able to easily move/copy files b/w my 2 computers (not just those web development files), having a 2nd router (w/out Internet access) is the (supposedly) easiest way to accomplish this?

So, please enlighten me if there's another way to accomplish this that doesn't involve purchasing new equipment.

Thanks again.

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February 20, 2009 at 01:32:11
If your dlink can be set in bridge mode it will work. You need a receiver of the wireless signals.

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February 20, 2009 at 02:19:16
Sorry, but I don't understand exactly what you mean when you said "You need a receiver of the wireless signals", could you elaborate a little more?


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February 20, 2009 at 03:10:22
You get your wireless from a router which acts as a transmitter. You need a router that acts as a receiver that routes the signal so you can connect to multiple computers.

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February 20, 2009 at 04:46:26
I thought that his router didn't do wireless and he can't afford to buy anything else at the moment. If he can't afford to buy the adapters as I suggested, I don't think he can afford another router either.

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