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.
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),
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.