Using Multiple Routers with my DSL Modem

October 24, 2011 at 12:30:11
Specs: Windows 7
In my office we have concrete walls and very limited wiring. The way it is set up is we have a Verizon DSL Modem that comes in then I have a router with it that splits the signal to 4 other routers that each split the signal 2 to 3 more times. I have to use routers so that it assigns IP addresses.

I bought a new D-Line N300 Wireless router with USB imput. I want to attach my Home Media Network Hard Drive Cloud edition to the 1st router (attached to the modem) and then share the data off that hard drive with everyone connected to the sub routers.

Is this possible?


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October 24, 2011 at 12:49:59
yes, but with your setup, it will be a pain.

Router segment networks. Essentially, to make every computer see this drive, you'll need to manually assign the settings to allow the computers to see and access the drive.

Depending on the type of router of course. It will be very helpful to know what brand(s) of router you are using and the model number.

My question is, why daisy chain so many routers. the router to the modem makes since, but the 4 after that don't, not to mention the 4 of of each of those and so on and so on. A network set up like that will have massive latency problems. You don't need a router for every room.

I work on a building's network at my college. Concrete walls and everything. 3 stories high. We only have 1 router and it goes to our modem. We use switches in every room that goes back to a central switch and feeds back to our router.

yes, you can share the drive, but the amount of routers you are using makes absolutely no sense. And depending on the brand and model, it can be a real pain.

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October 24, 2011 at 12:50:52
Why so many routers. Most routers can assign up to 245 IP addresses. To extend the network you use switches, not routers.


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October 24, 2011 at 13:32:53
That is one craxy, complicated setup you have there.........and it doesn't need to be.

As has been mentioned already, you extend with switches, not routers. Client DHCP requests will pass through a switch (or multiples switches as the case may be) and get to the DHCP server on your router without any trouble whatsoever.

Also, you probably have too darn many devices setup. Unless the length of cables between your router and the endpoints exceed 85 meters, you don't even need a switch. Over 85 m the signal can, and often does, start to attenuate so I prefer to keep inside 85 m. Anyhow, that's the only time you'd need a repeater is if you exceed maximum cable length.

What you should have is a 16 port switch connected to your router and all network cables terminating in the same room and jumpered from the patch panel into the switch. If you have a situation where you need to exceed 85 m, then, and only then, would you put another switch (not a router) or a network extender in place.

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October 24, 2011 at 16:15:36
Curt brought up another point about too many devices

I don't know if you are using basic home router or more commercial routers, but with the amount you bring into play, you will run into another big problem.

Some routing protocols can only go so many hops, that is, it can only go through so many routers.

I'll use RIP (Routing Information Protocol) for example. RIP supports a max of 15 hops. Essentially if you computer wants to talk to another, routers will use RIP to determine how the packet travels. The packet can only pass through 15 routers, on the 16th, it is considered an infinite destination. This means that the packet cannot reach it's destination.

Some home routers have the option of using this, but another concern if you are using home routers is they usually have some sort of built in firewall. Each brand has a different one unique to that brand. By trying to access files across a bunch of these routers, the firewalls built in may make it tricky to set that up.

As stated, you will need to run switches instead of routers and only use one and have it connected to the modem.

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