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Windows 7: Adding a Broadband Router

26 Jul 2016   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit SP1/Windows 10 Dual Boot
Adding a Broadband Router

I just replaced my wireless hub with another one from Rogers Canada.
It has one RJ-45 port whereas my old one had 4.
I have a spare LinksKey LKR-604 broadband router and I would like to attach it between my PC and the ZTE wireless hub.
I know the easiest way would be to go Wifi but for the moment I would like to used wired links.
No matter what I do I can't get Windows 7 to recognize the new device.
Can someone step me thru this or point me to a resource that could explain it to me?

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28 Jul 2016   #2

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Now maybe I am being a little simplistic but have you thought of using say a four port hub?? That is what I use in my computer room and I have up to five to six machines that can be hooked up simultaneously and I have two hubs to do that.
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28 Jul 2016   #3

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)

I think ICIT2LOL meant to suggest using an Ethernet switch, the term hub is generally used to refer to a device for expanding USB connections.

A switch will allow you to plug into the single RJ-45 port on the new router and expand it to multiple ports. I have an 8-port switch plugged into my router. You can get switches in many configurations, 4, 8, 16, etc... ports.

You can use your old router as a switch but you need to log into the admin control panel and disable the DHCP server. See how-to steps here: How to Reuse Your Old Wi-Fi Router as a Network Switch

I'm not sure what you mean when you say you can't get Windows 7 to recognize the new device. Routers and switches don't show up in Device Manager, they are completely external and part of the network, not part of your computer.
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28 Jul 2016   #4

W10 Pro x64, W7 Pro x64 in VMware

If the OP goes for a switch, he should bear in mind that one socket will be going to the router ie 8 port switch connects 7 devices max to router.
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28 Jul 2016   #5
Tranquil Hegemo

Windows 7 64bit

A hub is also a network device albeit pretty old school these days but a switch would be a far better option and would probably cost no more (assuming that you can even buy a hub these days).
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28 Jul 2016   #6

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Yep my bad apologies for that - been a long day - that is what I meant personally my set up is a four port TP-Link with one machine direct to it and the other machines are served by two TP-Link switches from the remaining Ethernet ports on the modem/router.

Works fine for me and why I suggested my method.
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28 Jul 2016   #7

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit SP1/Windows 10 Dual Boot

OK. Thanks guys.
I logged into the router and disabled DHCP so it's working as a switch.
Then I connected all my Ethernet cables to the LAN ports, including 2 PCs, 1 blu-ray player and the wireless hub from my ISP.
It's all working now.
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28 Jul 2016   #8

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Sometimes just sometimes the answer is so simple eh? and glad everything is going well for you and sorry about my mix up with hubs and switches.

Just as by the by you might find my bible handy too if you don't mind losing some of the "bling" like transparency - Optimize Windows 7 great stufff by an even greater fellow

I use it on all my machines no matter what.
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