Solved Trying to setup two router system

July 26, 2011 at 09:01:00
Specs: Windows 7
Hi,

I currently have my broadband with BT and use their home hub to connect to the internet. The problem I have is that it only has 4 ethernet ports and I have a server, 3 laptops, and various games consoles to connect. I don't particularly like using wireless (especially for transferring files between machines) as it is slow.

I have another router (Alcatel Speedtouch) and wondered if there was a way to connect this to the home hub to give me more ethernet ports. If this is possible can someone explain how to do it as I have tried and cannot figure it out?

By the way, my server runs Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, 2 laptops run Windows 7 and one Windows XP.

Thanks


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#1
July 26, 2011 at 09:41:16
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Yes it can be done....fairly easily too. For information on how to do it simply click on my name above in this response and read my “how-to” guide titled, “Add a second Router to your LAN

You're going to want to use the version where you connect the two routers "LAN port to LAN port" and use a single subnet for all equipment.

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
July 26, 2011 at 11:43:24
Hi

Let me make sure I have everything right. I have set my homehub to IP address 192.168.0.1 with a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0 and this has connectivity to the internet. I have run a cable from an ethernet port on this to an ethernet port (should this be the DSL port?) on the speedtouch modem. I have then set the speedtouch to IP address 192.168.0.2 and set gateway to 192.168.0.1 and turned off DHCP (I think). I still can't get to the internet through the speedtouch though?

Thanks for your help

Scott


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#3
July 26, 2011 at 11:56:10
The IP's I used in the guide are for example only. Your exisiting router (homehub) already has an IP assiged to it's LAN side. It might be 192.168.0.1, or it might be 192.168.1.1.

Best to check and see what TCP/IP settings your "homehub" has assigned to it now. Open a command prompt window (ie: Start >> Run >> type cmd and hit Enter) and then perform the following command:

ipconfig /all

The "Default Gateway" setting should be the LAN IP of your router. To verify, open a web browser and connect to that IP and you should be accessing the management interface for said router. You'll want to check in there and find the DHCP scope of the router so you can choose an IP for your second router that isn't within the scope (avoids the chance of a duplicate IP being given out by DHCP to a client).

Once you know the LAN IP and Subnet Mask of the original router, you can then configure the downstream router.

You will connect from LAN port to LAN port I'm not familiar with the devices you're using but I suspect the "DSL" port you mention is likely the WAN port and not the LAN port. I would suspect your other router has 4 LAN ports and they're marked as LAN ports.

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
July 26, 2011 at 13:44:50
Big thanks to Curt R for his help and how to guide. Worked a treat!!!

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#5
July 27, 2011 at 07:34:27
Good news.....and thank you for coming back and letting us know it worked for you.

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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