One Modem, Two IP's and Two Routers and xbox

Netgear Wnr2000 wireless-n router
September 21, 2010 at 08:37:38
Specs: Windows 7
I have a company SOHO router in my home which I don't configure at all, but I do hookup my router to it (which I want to change)

I added another Modem MAC Address to my modem provided by my cable company. How do I configure my netgear wireless N 300 router to use this additional MAC Address without configuring my company's SOHO router?

From what I read thus far I would need a hub or switch to make this work. The bottom line is I can't get optimum access to xbox live with my current scenario, though I do play online. I want my system separate from my company's router.


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#1
September 21, 2010 at 09:47:24
A couple of questions to start with..........

Why did your company provide you with a SOHO Router and why aren't you able to change it's configuration?

Why did you add another MAC address to yoru modem? What was it you hoped to accomplish by doing so? For that matter, how were you able to add another MAC address to the modem? Does your modem have more than one RJ45 network port that you can plug a SOHO Router into? What is the make/model of your modem?

The bottom line is I can't get optimum access to xbox live with my current scenario, though I do play online. I want my system separate from my company's router.

I don't think you'll be able to do what it is you wish to do. Your present setup, with your personal router plugged in to your work router should work just fine and not cause any online gaming issues unless you have another device or PC plugged into the work router that is hogging bandwidth.

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
September 21, 2010 at 11:34:13
Hello Curt,

The SOHO router was setup by my company's IT and can't mess with the configuration, it's used for their server machine. I purchased a wireless router because the SOHO one is not wireless. My connection speed varies at time this is why I'm opting to them separate.

I have cox internet. They offer the option to add an MAC address to the modem, so I can buy a hub to attach both PCs to a single modem without the need for a router.

I'm opting to use a hub and attaching both routers. I wanted to know if there's a need to configure my router or will it just pickup one of the MAC addresses?


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#3
September 21, 2010 at 12:42:13
Ok, thanks for the info. Now the light is going off over my head...........lol

I'm opting to use a hub and attaching both routers. I wanted to know if there's a need to configure my router or will it just pickup one of the MAC addresses?

Theoretically, this should work. You buy a small switch and plug your modem into it with the network cable. You then plug both router's separately into the hub and they should both communicate. You'll notice I said "should". There's no guarantee they will as I'm not certain how the modem itself would deal with this setup. If it does work, do come back and let me know please.

Your router will already have a MAC address. From the sounds of it, your ISP assigned a second MAC address to the modem and gave you that address. Most SOHO Router's allow you to "spoof" the external MAC. Basically this means you can change the external MAC of the router to whatever you want it to be. In your case, you'd use the MAC your ISP gave you that they configured in the modem.

To spoof (change) the router's MAC address, you will have to go into the configuration interface for the router and find the setting that allows you to change it's MAC address. Once you've done so, it should begin working immediately. There is no guarantee your router does allow MAC spoofing and you won't know until you go through all the settings so here's hoping yours does.

I purchased a wireless router because the SOHO one is not wireless. My connection speed varies at time this is why I'm opting to them separate.

Regarding the above. I'd like to point out to you that wireless sucks totally for gaming and whenever possible, I highly recommend using a wired solution. I have the original Xbox at home and it has an RJ45 port to plug a network cable in. I don't know if the newer Xbox 360 does, or if it's like my Wii and wireless only. I would suggest that if your Xbox is capable of being plugged in that you try it that way before buying a switch and setting up as per the above converstaion, you may find that when using a wired connection with your existing setup works just find and the rest is then unnecessary.

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
September 22, 2010 at 07:29:54
So far so good!

I added another IP to my modem via Cox website. $17 the initial fee and $7 added to my monthly bill.

I purchased a $25 D-Link switch from Office Depot. Then in 2 easy steps I set it up.

Step 1: Configuation. lol, didn't really need to.

The main router (the SOHO business one) was already config, because it was originally on the modem anyways.

The 2nd router (Netgear Wireless N 300) was config by my earlier failed attempts. So I did a factory reset (press and hold the pin hole reset button for 10 sec). Then I hookup it up directly to the modem and let it do it's thing. (Kinda like when you 1st buy a router and do a normal install)

Step 2: Connecting to the D-Link switch ports.

Port 1: The modem
Port 2: The main router
Port 4: The 2nd router
(Why not port 3? It's really just a preference thing.)

Both routers automatically pickup an IP and so far no conflicts.

BTW, I needed a wireless router for my notebook and htpc. My xbox is wired to the wireless router for enhance online play. I ran the xbox live connection test and NO ERRORS.

Seriously, No Errors...the Netgear must have all right settings for XBL play. Which is a relief...I don't like messing with the portforwarding settings. I was too tired play Halo Reach to test it out. I'm going to give it a week of gameplay before I give a review about the setup. But...

so far soooo good....no conflicts and finally a setup I always wanted. I'll keep you updated if there's any conflict.


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#5
September 22, 2010 at 08:32:26
Good news!

Thanks for getting back to us and letting us know.

I suspect that if you haven't had any errors yet, you won't.

One word of caution, do not plug any computers into the switch. If you want to plug another computer in, plug it in to a LAN port on your wireless N router.

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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