multi-router network

D-link Di-524 54mbps wireless router
November 15, 2009 at 07:37:58
Specs: Windows XP
For years I've used a wired router (recently upgraded to a Netgear FVS318G for its 8 LAN ports and Gbit ethernet) connected to my cable modem in the bedroom. All network printers and network drives and 2 PC's are wired to this router. I then run an ethernet cable to a wireless router (now a D-link DI-524, but will get a new n/Gbit model) in the livingroom to enable wireless laptop connections and a hardwire connection (via LAN port) to a HTPC. This has worked, but there have always been some issues due to the 2 sets of IP adresses assigned by the two routers. Is there a simple way to make this into a single happy network with a common IP subnet? What I really want out of the wireless router is its WAP and its switch, but not its routing.

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#1
November 15, 2009 at 08:16:17
Connect the uplink on the wireless router to one of its LAN ports instead of the WAN port and turn off its dhcp service.

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#2
November 15, 2009 at 11:49:19
You can also connect both routers LAN port to LAN port and disable dhcp on one of the routers.
Both of the router do support MDI-X (auto uplink).

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#3
November 15, 2009 at 13:11:40
Click on my name above and read my "add a second router" howto guide.

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#4
November 19, 2009 at 04:13:09
Thank you to all who replied. That was an amazingly simple fix! I've moved the ethernet cable that runs from the wired router in the bedroom to one of the LAN ports (removed it from the WAN port) on the wireless router. No more second address space! Thanks again.

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