Solved Connect router/switch/gateways into one home network

January 27, 2014 at 21:08:01
Specs: Windows 7
Hello! I am trying to connect an Arris TG862 gateway (Comcast), a Belkin N600 router, and a simple Linksys 5-port switch all together into one, simple home network. The goal here is that the gateway will serve 3 computers wired and multiple other devices wirelessly in one part of my house, the N600 will serve wireless connections in another part of my house, and the Linksys switch will be wired to the N600 serving 5 devices. I also need these all on the same subnet so it is all on the same network.

I followed (http://www.computing.net/answers/networking/two-routers-on-the-same-home-network/43316.html) to try to get things work, however, things are just not quite getting there. Here is my current setup:

Arris:
IP: 192.168.0.1
DHCP enabled (10-254)

Belkin:
IP: 192.168.0.2
DHCP disabled

All my wired connections work fine on all devices. Wireless from the Arris works fine. Network access to every device from every device works, both wired and wireless. The only thing I can't get to work is wireless Internet access on the Belkin. Devices can connect to it but they cannot access the Internet. I'm sure I'm missing a configuration step here but I can't seem to find it. Any ideas on to what I'm missing?

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#1
January 28, 2014 at 07:22:28
When configuring wireless on the Belkin ensure you are using the exact same SSID and encryption key you used on the Arris device.

Definitely use WPA2 encryption in both cases.

If you could, connect one wireless device to the Arris and another to the Belkin and then open a command prompt window (ie: Start >> Run >> type cmd and hit Enter) and perform the following command on both computers:

ipconfig /all

Once you've finished, copy/paste the output into a response on here so we can have a look.

For info on how to copy/paste from a command prompt window click on my name above and read my "how-to" guide titled, "Post the output of ipconfig (version 2)"

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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#2
January 28, 2014 at 08:32:59
As far as the wireless SSIDs go, how should I handle the fact that the Belkin is dual band - 2.4ghz and 5ghz? Should I just have all three "signals" between the two devices running the same SSID? I have it set that way now.

At some point in the night, the wireless on the Belkin decided to start working on its own, although the Belkin shows in its configuration that it still has no Internet connection. So the light is flashing no Internet even though apparently it seems to be connected now. I'm not sure if this is to be expected or not.


IPConfig on Arris from wired connection:

Windows IP Configuration

   Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : KILLERRIG
   Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . :
   Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
   IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
   WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
   DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : hsd1.ca.comcast.net.

Ethernet adapter Bluetooth Network Connection 3:

   Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network)#3
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0D-1A-10-27-C4
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 2:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . : hsd1.ca.comcast.net.
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom NetLink (TM) Gigabit Ethernet
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : BC-5F-F4-55-19-D7
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
   IPv6 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 2601:9:4500:684:8de:cae5:15d0:4c18(Preferred)
   Temporary IPv6 Address. . . . . . : 2601:9:4500:684:1453:f234:518f:65fb(Preferred)
   Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::8de:cae5:15d0:4c18%18(Preferred)
   IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.11(Preferred)
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
   Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Monday, January 27, 2014 11:15:42 AM
   Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Monday, February 10, 2014 9:44:50 PM
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : fe80::21d:d4ff:fe7f:cc11%18
                                       192.168.0.1
   DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
   DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 498884596
   DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-18-69-53-F9-00-24-8C-0E-32-1E

   DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 2001:558:feed::1
                                       2001:558:feed::2
                                       75.75.75.75
                                       75.75.76.76
   NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

Tunnel adapter isatap.hsd1.ca.comcast.net.:

   Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . : hsd1.ca.comcast.net.
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
   IPv6 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 2001:0:9d38:6ab8:2c81:853:b381:d9c6(Preferred)
   Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::2c81:853:b381:d9c6%23(Preferred)
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
   NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled

Tunnel adapter isatap.{BFB96D6E-3CE6-4D8A-A767-15C365CC579D}:

   Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #5
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

IPConfig on Belkin from wired connection:

Windows IP Configuration

        Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : J-Netbook
        Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . :
        Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
        IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
        WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
        DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : hsd1.ca.comcast.net.

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

        Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . : hsd1.ca.comcast.net.
        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8102E/RTL8103E Family PCI-E Fast Ethernet NIC
        Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-24-E8-DF-FC-96
        Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
        Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
        IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.17
        Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
        Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
        DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
        DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 75.75.75.75
                                            75.75.76.76
        Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Tuesday, January 28, 2014 7:42:53 AM

        Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Tuesday, February 11, 2014 7:42:53 AM

Ethernet adapter {7660F6B3-9748-47F4-B0C9-E4FD10E61D25}:

        Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Anchorfree HSS Adapter - Packet Scheduler Miniport
        Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-FF-76-60-F6-B3

Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:

        Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Dell Wireless 1397 WLAN Mini-Card
        Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-23-08-9F-1E-93


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#3
January 28, 2014 at 09:31:35
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I'm glad to hear it started working.

At some point in the night, the wireless on the Belkin decided to start working on its own, although the Belkin shows in its configuration that it still has no Internet connection.

The Belkin should be connected to the Arris in a "LAN port to LAN port" configuration (ie: LAN port on Arris to LAN port on Belikin) The Belkin would require the following settings:

IP: 192.168.0.2
SM: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: 192.168.0.1 (IP of Arris)

If it's still not showing the Belkin as being connected with all the correct TCP/IP settings it could be because you're connected to a LAN port and not the WAN port. As long as clients connected to the Belkin (wired or wireless) have connectivity to the internet this isn't a problem as you won't be surfing the web from the router anyhow. The point of giving it TCP/IP settings is so it's part of the LAN and clients connecting through it can get to the DHCP server on the Arris.

All your client TCP/IP settings look good. As long as they all have the same Subnet Mask and Default Gateway IP's then they should work....and they do now. It's curious they didn't work immediately but as long as they are now, they should continue to do so as it appears you have everything setup correctly.

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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#4
January 28, 2014 at 09:41:58
I'm not sure why it took so long for it to work, but I'm sure it has something to do with Comcast. If in doubt, blame the ISP! It's all working now - thank you for verifying that I have everything setup correctly.

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#5
January 28, 2014 at 15:29:01
Couldn't have been the ISP, cause some devices had internet access.

Must have been in internal issue, as Curt stated.
Routers not connected Lan to Lan ports
or
different SSID, encryption or encryption key.


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