How to Link 2 routers

Linksys Wrt310n wireless-n gigabit route...
August 14, 2010 at 17:53:52
Specs: Windows XP
Connecting a wireless router (LAN) behind a wireless router (WAN).
Router model: WRT310N (DHCP enabled).
1. Items connected:
 Gateway desktop (direct connection to router). This computer will be moved to an upstairs room.
 HP printer (wireless).
 HP server (wired). (32 bit OS).
 PS3 (wireless).
 Wii (wireless).

Main computer: New Dell 9000xps. Windows 7. Wireless connection.

1. This computer will take the place of the desktop computer now connected by an Ethernet cable to the WAN router.

Second computer: Gateway. Windows XP (no wireless card installed).

1. Computer previously connected to router by Ethernet cable (wired).
2. This computer will now be used in an upstairs location too far away to run any cables.
a. Need this computer because of the 32 bit OS on the HP server.
b. Need may arise to reinstall the HP server OS. Will not be able to do so with the new computer.

What wireless device is needed to connect to the second computer (old) that will give access (or be connected) to the wireless router located downstairs?

Q. If another wireless router is used, an IP address will be obtained by the router (DHCP enabled) downstairs. But the computer connected to this second router will need an an IP address as well.???


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August 15, 2010 at 05:13:31
What wireless device is needed to connect to the second computer (old) that will give access (or be connected) to the wireless router located downstairs?

You'll want to use either an AP (access point) or a wireless router).

Q. If another wireless router is used, an IP address will be obtained by the router (DHCP enabled) downstairs. But the computer connected to this second router will need an an IP address as well.???

You will want to connect the LAN port of the second (downstream router) to a LAN port on the first router (upstream). You would statically assign an IP in the same subnet as the upstream router and let the DHCP on the upstream router provide TCP/IP settings for all clients. You'll want to disable DHCP on the downstream router.

Click on my name above in my response and read my "how-to" guide on "Adding a second router" for a more detailed explanation.

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