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Windows 7: Multi Router Network - Configure

17 Jun 2010   #10
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wallyinnc View Post
Got it, thanks!
Just adding onto what Robert said, Generally you need Custom Firmware. You are absolutely right, most routers cannot bridge wirelessly, mainly because they are both sitting there waiting for a connection to come in, and of course if neither of them initiates the connection then it is never going to come. I think that some Netgears are compatible with it. the firmware is DDRT I believe. (can't remember off the top of my head)

To be fair, Alot of people whinge when I tell them it has to be wired. The fact is though, that while I can see their point, if your house is Carpeted then you can run the cable under the carpet and keep them out of sight, the routers can be placed in a non intrusive location and you will have wireless access wherever. Its no different to running a telephone extension lead round your house.

just as an FYI: I will be adding a 2nd bit to this probably tomorrow about configuring the wireless bits. I realised this morning (Thanks to Kari) that although I outlined how to set up the infrastructure I mentioned nothing about setting the 2nd router up as a repeater. Which lets face it, if your using this tutorial is probably what you want.


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18 Jun 2010   #11
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

UPDATE: Wireless configuration added.

Thank you again to Kari for pointing out that it was missing, and filling out the holes in my knowledge
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18 Jun 2010   #12
Kari

 

You are welcome, Martin. I think this is going to be a widely read tutorial. Nice work!
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18 Jun 2010   #13
zzz2496

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I think the title is imprecise... It should say something about using a spare wireless router as an access point (after reading the tutorial, I think that is the main topic). As for configuring a network with 2 routers or more, if we are talking about "routers" then the correct job for them are to route traffic (mainly firewall in consumer class), meaning like this:

PC(10.0.0.10)<->(LAN: 10.0.0.1)1st router(WAN: 192.168.1.10)<->(LAN:192.168.1.1)2nd router(WAN: some public IP)<->Internet

By this setup, effectively have 2 "hardware" firewalls barricading your PC (how cool is that... )...

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18 Jun 2010   #14
wallyinnc

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wallyinnc View Post
Got it, thanks!
Just adding onto what Robert said, Generally you need Custom Firmware. You are absolutely right, most routers cannot bridge wirelessly, mainly because they are both sitting there waiting for a connection to come in, and of course if neither of them initiates the connection then it is never going to come. I think that some Netgears are compatible with it. the firmware is DDRT I believe. (can't remember off the top of my head)

To be fair, Alot of people whinge when I tell them it has to be wired. The fact is though, that while I can see their point, if your house is Carpeted then you can run the cable under the carpet and keep them out of sight, the routers can be placed in a non intrusive location and you will have wireless access wherever. Its no different to running a telephone extension lead round your house.

just as an FYI: I will be adding a 2nd bit to this probably tomorrow about configuring the wireless bits. I realised this morning (Thanks to Kari) that although I outlined how to set up the infrastructure I mentioned nothing about setting the 2nd router up as a repeater. Which lets face it, if your using this tutorial is probably what you want.
Thanks Martin
I looked around after that and did see that some routers have additional options to allow them to connect wireslessly to other routers. You need that for the security also. Which means I doubt my good old DI640 can do... Anyway, the house is not big enough to be a problem either. It would be cool to have a better signal outside.
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18 Jun 2010   #15
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Ahh the good old DI640, I actually had one of those a few years ago. Unfortunately no it is not capable of it

Word of warning if you do try it: Dlink Routers have something called "Bridge Mode" under the ADSL options. I have no idea what this does, but it isn't for linking two routers together, (I made this mistake myself)

TBH if this method works on my cheapy DLink 2640R's then im pretty sure it will work on just about any other router.
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18 Jun 2010   #16
wallyinnc

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

LOL, I will never play with the bridge mode again. I did that on my Siemens modem and luckily I could reset it all to factory conditions. Because it simply stopped working and accepting connections....
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18 Jun 2010   #17
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
UPDATE: Wireless configuration added.

Thank you again to Kari for pointing out that it was missing, and filling out the holes in my knowledge
An excellent job, Martin. Very well done!
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25 Oct 2010   #18
EternalRZ

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Would this method allow you to also share files and folders between computers that are connected to a different router? For example, a computer connected to Router1 with another computer connected to Router2?
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25 Oct 2010   #19
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

hi EternalRZ, yes as long as you set it up exactly how I have outlined in this tutorial that won't be an issue. I do that all the time, I have a low powered machine running a Homegroup upstairs, which acts as a server, for all my files, I can connect to it no matter where I am in the house.
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