Solved BT 2wire hub cabled to Belking wireless router

January 24, 2013 at 10:38:01
Specs: Windows XP, Various
Hi there.

Apologies if this is a rather gormless question...

I have a BT Businesss 2wire 2700 HGV hub (modem/router) in one room upstairs, on its default settings as far as I can remember, and would like a decent wifi signal downstairs and some way away. The BT hub's wifi signal is too weak to work well with a wifi range booster (it has to go through some really thick walls), so I've run a long stretch of ethernet cable from one of the four LAN ports on the back of the BT hub to a Belkin F5D7231-4 high-speed mode wireless G router.

The Belkin has four LAN ports, and a fifth RJ45 port labelled 'Connection to modem'. In this case, that fifth port is connected to the ethernet cable from one of the BT hub's four LAN ports. This set-up seems to be working, despite the fact that the BT hub's IP address is and the Belkin's is, and I've got a decent wifi signal to two laptops and a mobile phone, through which I have internet access.

What I'd really like to check is, is this the correct way to run such a set-up? I'd like this set-up to be reliable, and to do a reasonable job of load-sharing.

BTW, the wifi on the BT hub is turned off, as the machines which use it in that room are simply wired to it.

Many thanks, Jon.

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January 24, 2013 at 10:51:26
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This is a better way of setting it up so you are not doing double NAT and all are on the same network/subnet.

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January 24, 2013 at 11:08:14
Ah, thank you Wanderer. I seem to have found mainly slightly conflicting advice in my other searches, though part of that could have been down to my search terms. The guide you linked me to is far clearer than any of the others I tried though.

Thanks, Jon.

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