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Windows 7: Accessessing two networks at home

25 Nov 2012   #11

7 x64

If the modem is "ALSO" a "ROUTER" with built in WiFi then you need a SWITCH only. You can turn that second router into just a switch by not using the Internet/WAN port on it and turning off the DHCP server on it. You then connect from the cable modem/router to one of the LAN ports of the second router. That turns it into a switch only.

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25 Nov 2012   #12

Windows 7 32 bit

edwar - You are spot on. As suggested disabled DHCP (+ NAT) on my cisco router and it now behaves as a switch.
I now have full visibility devices on both lan's as well as wireless connectivity. Perfect !!!!

Thanks for your help.
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25 Nov 2012   #13

7 x64

Right Now they are not 2 separate LANs. They are all one. Glad I could help.

Also change the IP addrees of the Cisco router to be in the same range as your modem and also out of the modem/router DHCP server range. So if the modem/router is 192.168.x.1 or 254 change the cisco to 192.168.x.2 or 253 and make sure the modem/router is not set to hand out either of those addresses. That way you can get to the Cisco when and if needed. you might have to connect one PC directly to it, without any other device connected to it, and assign a static IP to that one PC to make these changes now that the Cisco DHCP server has been turned off.
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