Communicate across two routers

April 21, 2011 at 11:16:05
Specs: Windows 7, WHS, Core2Duo
I have my home network setup as follows:
Router 1: WAN connected to ISP (IP: 192.168.1.1 Mask: 255.255.255.0)
Router 2: WAN connected to Router 1 LAN(IP: 192.168.2.1 Mask: 255.255.255.0)

Reason for this is to separate a media player device that shows every single network device on the network (5 DirectTV receivers, 4 PC's ect.) when I only want it to display my WHS media server. I have it all set up and all devices have internet access but the problem that I am having is that the media player (connected to Router 1) is not seeing the WHS pc (connected to Router 2). Can anyone help with how to configure Router 1 and/or Router 2 so that only the WHS is visible to the media player device.


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#1
April 21, 2011 at 11:59:04
Click on my name above in my response and read my "how-to" guide titled, "‚ó¶Add a second Router to your LAN"

You'll want to pay attention to the scenario for multiple subnets where you interconnect the routers from "LAN port to WAN port"

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

***William Henley***


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#2
April 21, 2011 at 13:02:45
Thanks for the link Curt. My setup is currently exactly like your version 2 scenario and all the devices have internet access and are working correctly. Just as you stated in your guide, devices on Router 1 cannot see devices on Router 2 and vice versa. The issue that I am having is how to configure the system so a device on Router 1 (WDLive media player) will have access to only the media on my WHS located on Router 2.

The reason for this is because the WDLive has an annoying habit of displaying every single network device and requires a lot of scolling to get to the WHS pc.


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#3
April 21, 2011 at 13:04:36
"Router 2: WAN connected to Router 1 LAN(IP: 192.168.2.1 Mask: 255.255.255.0)"

Why would you do this? You only need one router. Just disconnect the WAN port (Router 2) and connect the Ethernet cable to one of the LAN ports of Router 2. You might also want to go into the second routers configuration and turn off it DHCP. You only need one DHCP server. This basically makes your second router into a switch.


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#4
April 21, 2011 at 13:17:36
Might just disable network discovery on the WHS box

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...

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#5
April 21, 2011 at 13:25:10
I believe that what you described will result in all the devices being on the same subnet (192.168.2.xx), which means that the WDLive will continue to display all of the 20 or so devices that I have instead of only the one that I want it to display. If only the WDLive would allow the user to "hide" non-media devices on the network.

My solution to what I consider a design flaw of the WDLive is to put it on it's own subnet (192.168.1.xx), which works great except for the fact that the WDLive doesn't display my media server which is still on 192.168.2.xx.


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#6
April 21, 2011 at 13:26:01
My last reply was to ace... not wanderer.

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#7
April 21, 2011 at 13:32:49
Question: doesn't turning off network discovery hide the WHS from all devices on the network? I have HTPC's that will need to be able to see the WHS. Also, my directv receivers have media servers built in, and those devices do not have an option to tun off network discovery.

Another way of describing what I am trying to do is that I am trying to get Device 1 (IP 192.168.1.10) to talk only to Device 2 (IP 192.168.2.10).

I am wondering if there is any way to do this through the routing tables in the two routers? Any thoughts?


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#8
April 21, 2011 at 14:47:52
Ace is our resident wannabe who's responses are wrong more often than not. Just ignore him....we do.....hopefully one day he'll get the hint and stop showing up in here offering up bad advice.


The issue that I am having is how to configure the system so a device on Router 1 (WDLive media player) will have access to only the media on my WHS located on Router 2.

I guess I misunderstood your first post and thought you were having issues with the second subnet accessing the internet. I had assumed (didnt' read closely enough) that you had the WDLive unit all by itself on the first router so that it was separated from the other equipment and then didn't show it.

Is there a reason you can't put it all by itself on the first router?

If you did and had a static route from router two to the gateway of router 1 that should give router 2's clients internet access. With no return route (from router 1 to 2), clients on router 1 shouldn't be able to see, or access, clients on router 2's subnet.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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