Solved Extend network w/ 2nd router- exact config

August 8, 2011 at 18:43:05
Specs: Windows XP
How do I set up a network where an Actiontec MI424WR (for Verizon FiOS) is the main router which connects to the internet, and a Zonet ZSR4154WS (cheapest router I could find) is connected to it over ethernet and needs to broadcast a wireless signal which has access to both the home network and the internet? I need to know exactly how each router should be configured, and I am somewhat new to all of this, so layman's terms would be much appreciated

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August 10, 2011 at 16:03:30
Thank you, Curt. You have solved my issue. The problem with the wireless lay in the fact that "Mixed WEP" and "Shared" with the option of WEP encryption were two different options on my second router, and apparently they work differently with the network. I have solved the problem and am now happily watching movies through my Wii. Thanks!


#1
August 8, 2011 at 18:46:08
User Manual for Actiontec (FiOS) router
http://onlinehelp.verizon.net/consu...

User Manual for Zonet (cheap) router
http://www.zonetusa.com/file/produc...


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#2
August 9, 2011 at 08:22:31
I need to know exactly how each router should be configured

I'd love to tell you but without knowing the settings of your existing router, that's impossible.

What I can do is point you at a guide I wrote:

Click on my name above in this response and read my “how-to” guide titled, “Add a second Router to your LAN

The IP addressing in my guide is for example only. You would use the IP address on the LAN side of your upstream router (router 1 or in your case from the looks of it, the Actiontec) and go from there.

You will want to use the Version 1 scenario where you interconnect the two routers LAN port to LAN port.

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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#3
August 9, 2011 at 16:43:14
Thank you for the speedy response, Curt. I have tried this generic setting several times, the only problem is that the Zonet router is not the greatest, and has some strange settings. I'll walk you through exactly what I do, starting from factory settings. The default IP for the Zonet is 192.168.0.1 (the Actiontec is 192.168.1.1), so the first thing I do when I open the router settings (with the router connected ONLY to my laptop, not to the Actiontec) is change the IP address to 192.168.1.50. Then after it reboots, I log back in, and it asks me which method I wish to use to connect to the internet. This is where I become confused. The options are ADSL, L2TP, PPTP, Static IP, and Dynamic IP (via DHCP). Since I'm disabling DHCP on this router, I assume I don't want the Dynamic IP, but when I choose Static IP, it asks me for IP address, subnet mask, gateway, DNS server, and an option for a secondary DNS server. When I try to put in the IP address of this router (192.168.1.50), it gives me a message saying that I cannot do this. Where should I get the information to fill this in?

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#4
August 9, 2011 at 18:31:39
For some reason, after trying these settings one more time, they work, but only for computers wired into the second router, which helps some, but not much, because the point of the router was to give internet access to my Wii on the other side of the house, for Netflix watching and other things. (The Wii will connect wirelessly) Should I set the router to use the same SSID and password as the main router, or create a new SSID and password?

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#5
August 10, 2011 at 07:36:59
Are you connecting the two routers LAN port to LAN port?

If not, you need to be.

If the upstream router (1) is 192.168.1.1 with SM 255.255.255.0 then your downstream router (2) has to have the following:

IP: 192.168.1.50
SM: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1 (the IP of the upstream router)

Your wireless LAN should be created on router 1 and 2 if both are wilrless capable. Use the exact same SSID and key (password).

DHCP should be enabled and configured on router 1 and disabled on router 2. DHCP should give clients the default gateway IP: 192.168.1.1 with SM: 255.255.255.0 and have a scope of something like: 192.168.1.100 to 192.168.1.199

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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August 10, 2011 at 16:03:30
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Thank you, Curt. You have solved my issue. The problem with the wireless lay in the fact that "Mixed WEP" and "Shared" with the option of WEP encryption were two different options on my second router, and apparently they work differently with the network. I have solved the problem and am now happily watching movies through my Wii. Thanks!

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#7
August 12, 2011 at 07:35:25
Good news! Thanks for getting back to us here and letting us know what worked.

Just FYI, you should use WPA encryption, not WEP. WEP can be cracked in a matter of minutes with the right tools.

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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#8
August 12, 2011 at 15:33:05
Thanks for the tip!

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