Sharing cable modem through a Netgear RP114 router

Posted on 2002-04-13
Last Modified: 2013-11-29
Previous to buying a Router I was using a Hub to share the modem without any problem.

I bought and installed a Netgear RP114 Router without any problems.

I have two PC's and a Laptop all running XP and connecting to the net with
my Cable Modem.

Upstairs I have three wall connections and one downstairs all wired using Cat5 cable.

The two PC's and the Laptop all work OK upstairs.

However , when I use the laptop downstairs it cannot connect to the net.

After checking the wiring and everything else I could think of, I still could not get it ot work.

The lights are on at the router end and at the Laptop.

Finally, last night, I tried plugging a hub into the router on the Laptops line and got a connection at last.

The connection is at 10mbs instead of 100 though.

Can anyone explain what is going on and why ???
Question by:kennys
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Expert Comment

ID: 6938945
If you hooked the hub up and the connection downstairs worked, sounds like you might have a crossover cable in the mix.  just a thought.

Does the router include a build in swith or hub with ports to attach your network?  It is possible that this may only run at 10mb as opposed to 100mb.  After all, your connection out to the Internet will be much slower than your lan.


Expert Comment

ID: 6938953
I looked at the specs and the 4 ports run at that eliminates that possibility.
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Expert Comment

ID: 6940656
A few thoughts about your wiring:
Did you install the wiring yourself?  If not, then hassle the folks who did.  Otherwise, verify using proper electrical testing equipment that all your cables are within spec, and properly connected.  Also, you could call a professional cable tech and have him/her check your wiring job.

If you want my completely intuitive response, I would say that your downstairs port is either a crossover or plugged into the crossover port on the netgear.  There is no way that using a hub on that port would have worked unless there is a crossover somewhere associated with that port (or you had plugged in to the crossover port on the hub).  The speed issue is probably due to some crappy feature of the hub you were using.  Use a crossover cable when connecting your laptop downstairs to the wall (and don't forget to dump the hub you were using for the laptop) and all should be well.


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Author Comment

ID: 6940699

Is one of the port different from the rest
ie is port 4 different from port 1,2 and 3 ??

Remember I am new to all this !!!

Accepted Solution

escheider earned 100 total points
ID: 6940898
One of the ports may be a crossover port on the router.  In general, you don't need the crossover functionality unless you are connecting two computers directly together without a hub, of course there are other reasons.  

As I said in my first comment, I believe there is a crossover cable, or your using the crossover port in the router.

So, yes, one of the ports could be different.  Usually there will be an additional port for doing crossover or there will be a button to set the port to crossover and vice-versa.

And as Jon pointed out, your hub was probably only 10mb, not 10/100.


Author Comment

ID: 6942946
The manual for the router makes no mention of a
crossover port but I tried using the other three
ports but it is just the same

Expert Comment

ID: 6943243
But what type of cable are you using from your wall jack to the router?

Author Comment

ID: 6944324
The cable that comes with the cable modem as it says to do in the manual for the router

Author Comment

ID: 6945730
One thing I have just noticed is that if I double click on the network Icon at the bottom right.

On my main machine the activity shows 6442 packets sent and 4204 packets received after being up for 3hrs.

However the Laptop shows millions of packets sent and 220 rec after a couple of minutes.

Author Comment

ID: 6945744
I should have said that this is with the hub in use

Author Comment

ID: 6945984
Forget that
I did a format of the Laptop and the packets are back to normal.
Just my original problem remaining

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