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Windows 7: Connect 2 routers together?

22 Nov 2010   #1

Connect 2 routers together?

Ahoy guys,
I have a network question...

I have 2 Linksys routers (WRT or something). Router A is in Room A along with the modem. Router B(collecting dust) is in Room B (upstairs) and Room B has most of my computers. The only "functional" computer in Room B is my laptop, but that's because it's Wi-Fi enabled. I would like to connect Router A to Router B, which would give computers around Router B an internet connection. I have some cat-5 cables laying around, which might help.
Any Help?

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22 Nov 2010   #2
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

hi Metamencs, and welcome to sevenforums

this tutorial may help
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23 Nov 2010   #3


Thanks for the help.. but I'd rather not go that way, as I feel I might botch something up..

Hmmm, this isn't what I had in mind earlier, but I guess it might do... is there some sort of hub full of Ethernet ports, that I can connect to with a cat-5 cable? (Modem>Router(downstairs)>Hub(upstairs)>Computers&WirelessPrinters&XBox360, is what I had in mind)
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23 Nov 2010   #4

Windows 10 Workstation x64

You should just be able to hook them up with the cat5 and use the second router as a switch/hub for the other computers.

You may need to log into the 2nd router and disable the DHCP server if enabled.
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23 Nov 2010   #5


disable DHCP on the 2nd router... connect cat5 to either the last or 2nd port ( i forget which ) and that should do it
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24 Nov 2010   #6


Thanks for the help guys. I have one last question...
I connected my cat-5 cable to the ports called "1" (there's 3 other ports, "2,3 and 4") instead of "Internet". However, whenever I connect the cat-5 cable to "Internet" my computers connected to Router B will not be able to connect to the internet. So my question is, how would you connect the cat-5 cable to "Internet" and have your computers' internet work? My reason is that the cat-5 cable takes up 1 LAN port or whatever, and I need to be able to connect my 4 computers(2)/XBox/printer. Sorry about this, but I don't know how to disable DHCP on a SECOND router. (Router A is

Thanks for your help.
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24 Nov 2010   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

To change the router settings, you will need to log in to the router from a locally connected computer. What is the make and model number of this router?
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24 Nov 2010   #8


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
To change the router settings, you will need to log in to the router from a locally connected computer. What is the make and model number of this router?
Yeah, that's the part I don't understand....
Linksys WRT54G router.

Ugh, I seem to come across more problems than expected...
Because I can't get my Router B to work,(I musta botched something up ) I connected my cat-5 cable to computer A in the meantime. It says something
about "Dial Up Connection, PPPOE Broadband, Opening Port, Redialing, WAN Miniport, then finally Unable to Connect". Any help here?


EDIT: (I don't know if this is my internet or what) Whenever I try to plug my cat-5 to Computer A, it gives me this Diagnostic of: "A problem with your network router... If you are connected to a home network.... turn off modem.... make sure modem is plugged into..." However, when I plug the cat-5 to Computer B(XP), it works dandy. My laptop works fine wirelessly. Computer A is: Gateway DX4710 desktop.
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