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Windows 7: Dual network connections at home??

25 Mar 2010   #1

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Dual network connections at home??

Alright, I am fairly compentent with home networking and here's the setup. I have a Dlink dir-655 (wireless disabled) connected to 2 pc's with the wan port conneted to a cable modem. Additionally I have a second router dlink di-625 (for wireless) connected to a port on the dir655. DHCP is set up on both with different ip ranged. Wireless is enabled on the di-625. What I decided to do, since I have dual gigabit on a computer connected to the dir-655, is connect the second port on my computer to the di-625 router so I could share files with the wireless computers connected on that router. Now what I noticed is I have multiple networks, which is fine and expected, the interesting thing is both network1 and network2 are labled as "internet access". Other devices and computer on both networks still work fine however, I am curious as to which network the dual connection computer is using for the internet??

Extra info: The dir-655 sends the DI-625 a static ip of In the DI-625 router setup I set the ISP IP to that value and (router DIR-655 ip is the gateway/dns to Both routers share the same subnet of however the actual IP of the DI-625 is with an ip range similar to to

Known issues: The wireless is often intermittent and both the lan pc's on the dir-655 and the wireless devices on the di-625 are unable to see each other or share files between. I see it as 2 separate networks so that's fine.

Any thoughts?

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25 Mar 2010   #2

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I am not an expert but what you can do is look at both of the network adapters while you are downloading something and see which one had the most packets being sent and received that will tell you which one you are using for sure. Another thing you might want to try is turning off the Dhcp service on the DI-625 and remove the connection form the wan port to the lan port and it should work as a switch and still broadcast wireless as well solving the 2 network segments and making them one.

If you follow this link I wrote yesterday it is a little more informative.
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