Two Routers + One Cable Modem = Big headache

February 17, 2011 at 07:33:47
Specs: Windows Vista
I have a small situation. I live on a farm with another family. They live in an RV and I live in the house. They have a cable modem and a wireless router. They are willing to share their internet connection. I have 100ft of Ethernet cable (Cat5) and a wireless router. I also have three computers that need to be wired into the connection via Ethernet cables. I have all the cables I need. None of the computers have a WiFi adapter.

My problem is that when I connect the incoming Ethernet cable, the one from their router, into my router, I have no connection. I have a Belkin N Wireless Router and my lights turn on but my modem light ends up flashing and it doesn't connect. When I take that same Ethernet cable and connect it directly to my computer I have no problem. I get instant Internet.

How can I connect both Routers without having to go out and purchase new hardware? I just want to use the existing hardware that I have. I am not a computer techie so speak slowly and in small words so I can understand.

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February 17, 2011 at 09:11:34
The problem is in your router. First try resetting it.

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February 17, 2011 at 10:17:58
You have to either by a switch or reconfigure your router as a switch. You can not piggy back SoHo routers like that because they will conflict with each other. You need one router and one switch.

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April 15, 2011 at 22:41:49
Hey, I've been trying to figure out the same problem. I haven't tried this yet, but will share what I know. (I'm no techie either, so hopefully someone will correct anything I miss or get wrong). 1. Go to the router you are going to borrow your internet from. On the back there will be 1 plug where the signal comes in from the cable company. That's the WAN plug. Next to it, there will be (usually 4) other plugs for you to plug in multiple computers. Those are LAN plugs. 2. Plug your Cat 5 cable into any of the available LAN plugs. 3. Go to your Belkin router. Plug your Cat 5 cable into any of the (4?) LAN plugs, and NOT into the WAN plug on your router. 4. You still have 3 LAN plugs left to run to your computers. 5. Unplug the power from both routers... wait a few seconds, then plug them both back in. This will reset them and hopefully they'll find each other and you're done.

If that doesn't work, unplug the Cat 5 wire out of your Belkin, that came from the other router. Use a computer that is wired into your Belkin. Open Internet Explorer and in the address bar type: A security screen should pop up to your Belkin. If you've never put in a user and password, it will probably be "admin" for both. Once inside, flip through the various screens until you find "DHCP." Look for a choice to shut it off. Save your changes; plug the Cat 5 cable back in, then power off and power back on both routers.

No guarantee, but from one illiterate to another, I think this will work. I'm going to try it myself tomorrow. Good luck!

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April 16, 2011 at 05:17:05
Sorry to say it ace_omega but you're completely wrong.............again!

Comp_Illiterate79 and Caliguy

Click on my name above in my response and read my "how-to" guide titled "Add a second Router to your LAN"

You'll want to use the scenario where you connect the routers "LAN port to LAN port"

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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