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Topic # 30878 24-Feb-2009 16:20
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I have a slightly unusual setup for my home network:

Router #1 is an ADSL modem, and has wifi 801.11n.  It is connected to the internet in one direction, and to router #2 in the other.  Its IP addresses are 10.1.1.1-10.1.1.255.

Router #2 is a gigabit router with lots of extra features for network gaming (bought specifically for this reason, though sadly underutilised).  It has wifi 801.11b/g.  It has one of my computers, as well as the NAS drive, XBox 360 and PVR all connected physically.  I use wifi to connect my iPod Touch (neat new birthday present) and my wife's laptop.  Its IP addresses are 192.168.0.1-192.168.0.255.

So...

Internet <---> Router #1 <---> Router #2 <---> the home network.

Everything works fine, and my wife is happy most of the time (except when the internet is down, but that is another story).

I would like to use the faster, more powerful wifi of Router #1 to connect the wireless devices to the internet, and also maintain connectivity with the rest of my home network.  However, in the current configuration the home network cannot see past Router #2.  To all of the devices Router #1 is invisible.  If I connect the laptop by wifi to Router #1 then it can access the internet pretty darn fast, but cannot see past Router #2 to access the NAS, which is annoying to my wife as all our music and photos are stored there.

I'm sure that it must be possible to configure Router #2 in some way (or perhaps Router #1 needs to be reconfigured in some way as well), so that everything can see everything else.  Then I can have the benefit of 801.11n wifi speed & range, and gigbit speed for the physically connected devices.

Can anyone help me, or point me in the direction of a website/FAQ/etc... that might help?

I am a moderately experienced novice at this sort of thing.  I can usually puzzle things out given enough time (and tea),

Cheers!

P.S.  Please don't tell me to just buy a single 801.11n/gigabit router!  I enjoy having a mildly idiosyncratic setup, and fiddling with things has taught me a lot about home networking.

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  Reply # 197782 24-Feb-2009 17:10
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Router #2 needs to be connected as a "dumb" router; i.e. turn off DHCP & plug it into a LAN port of router #1.

The downside is of course, your under utilised #2 router is now even more under utilised.

Alternatively:
Router #1 "half bridge" into router #2 into a new wireless N access point.

edit: correction, plug a LAN port of router #2 into a LAN port of router #1 (i.e. WAN of router #2 not used)




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  Reply # 197785 24-Feb-2009 17:14
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what kind of router is router1?

it sounds like the routing table dosent have a route to find the 192.168.0 network.  Try adding, a route that points all traffic for the 192.168.0 network to the ip address of the 'public' interface on router 2.


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  Reply # 197788 24-Feb-2009 17:28
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Plug Router #1 into a LAN port of router #2 instead of a WAN port. Make sure that you only have one device with DHCP enabled (For simplicity, make this Router #1). Essentially just use Router #2 as a switch.

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  Reply # 197790 24-Feb-2009 17:30
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adamj: Plug Router #1 into a LAN port of router #2 instead of a WAN port. Make sure that you only have one device with DHCP enabled (For simplicity, make this Router #1). Essentially just use Router #2 as a switch.

Opps, I wrote my post above wrong




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  Reply # 197822 24-Feb-2009 19:48
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I forgot to mention that you should add that route on router 1.

I am assuming that you are natting twice?

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Reply # 197830 24-Feb-2009 20:19
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Why not discard router and get a gigabit switch instead?

Or just use as a very expensive switch if following the other suggestions...





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