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Windows 7: Network Topology problem - can't see drives on router

15 Jun 2013   #1

Win 7-64 SP-1
Network Topology problem - can't see drives on router

I have a netgear WNDR4500 wireless router. I just built a house, so I've got plenty of cat5e cable and I'm trying to keep as much off the wireless network as possible.

The problem is that I can't connect to attached drives on the router with machines that are not also on the router. I'm hoping you guys may have a solution that I don't.

The network topology is as follows

U-verse Gateway
- TV
- Netgear 801 Switch
- - PC 1
- - PC 2
- - laptop 1
- - X-box 360
- - netgear wireless router
- - - kindle
- - - cell phone
- - - laptop 2
- - - USB Hard Drive

laptop 2 can see the drive and if I direct wire laptop 1 into the router, it can see the hard drive.

As described above, none of PC 1, PC 2, or laptop 1 can see the USB Hard drive.

I also have a printer that I would like to connect to the router and have available to the entire network as well.

Any suggestions or links to guides would be appreciated.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jun 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

You would need to turn off DHCP on the secondary router and use only the LAN ports on the secondary router, LAN port to LAN port from the first to second router, don't plug anything into the WAN port on the secondary router.

This will put everything on the U-verse gateway and it will be handing out IP's through DHCP which is what you need for all these machines to communicate.

The guide in the link mentions that you should assign a static IP to the secondary router but this isn't really required as the DHCP IP will be assigned from the first router. Then to access the secondary router you need to type in the IP it was assigned from the first router as soon as you plug it in.

This is all standard procedure when setting up a secondary router or A/P. :)
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My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jun 2013   #3

Win 7-64 SP-1

Perfect, that's exactly what I needed. Thanks!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

15 Jun 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OgreMkV View Post
Perfect, that's exactly what I needed. Thanks!
Very good OgreMkV. Yep that's all you needed bro.
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