Router in bridge mode won't share internet

August 29, 2011 at 07:30:39
Specs: Windows XP
I have a Linksys WAG354G router connected to the telephone point. I have a Zoom X6 ADSL router set to bridge mode. When connecting the two using a Belkin Cat5e cable (i.e. an expensive lead), I can connect to either of the routers and the internet works on both.

When I change the cable for a longer run of this: http://www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk/Sho...
which is also Cat5e, I can still connect to either router but the internet doesn't work on either. My computer is Windows XP SP3. My friend's Windows 7 computer can still get the internet from both routers when I can't with mine.

I just can't work it out. Plugging the cable that comes from the Linksys router to the Zoom router directly into my Windows XP machine (therefore cutting out the Zoom router), I can once connect to the internet again (albeit wired)????!!!!!

I would blame the cable were it not for the fact that this works, so maybe the Zoom router but it works for Windows 7 machines, so my only thought is it must be software related. I really am stuck.

Your help is gratefully received.

Ben


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#1
August 29, 2011 at 07:32:47
If you're physically connecting them with a network cable, you don't need to use bridge mode.

For more information on how to correctly add another router to your network click on my name above in this response and read my “how-to” guide titled, “Add a second Router to your LAN

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#2
August 29, 2011 at 08:59:36
Thank you, but why does it work with one cable but not the other?

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#3
August 29, 2011 at 10:49:30
I would suspect a bad cable. Like most anything to do with computers, the manufacturers only test a small percentage of what they make be it a motherboard, video card or in your case, network cable. So it's not hard for a bad one to end up on the shelf.

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#4
August 29, 2011 at 12:50:28
Thank you. I would suspect the same were it not for the fact that when I use said lead to plug directly into my laptop, it works. It's only with Router2 - to use your descriptions - plugged in that it does not work.

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#5
August 29, 2011 at 13:37:40
Maybe you need to use a crossover cable then when interconnecting the two router's.

The rule is, "always use a crossover cable when connecting like devices" This is why when you go straight from one PC to another, you have to use a crossover. However, most modern switches are auto MDIX capable. Which means they'll automatically detect whether a cable is a crossover or regular patch cable and adjust for them automatically. If both devices are auto MDIX, then you can use a regular patch cable although I always use a crossover regardless.

You may have a router that's not auto MDIX capable.

I can't think of any other reason the cable would work from router 1 to your PC but not from router 1 to router 2

Oh and just FYI, a SOHO router's LAN ports are essentially "switch" port.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

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#6
August 30, 2011 at 12:59:16
Thank you for your time. I have a feeling that the MIDX idea is indeed the problem.

Ben


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#7
August 30, 2011 at 13:55:36
Here's hoping it is..........because if it is the problem, a crossover cable between the two switches will instantly fix it!

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.

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