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Can I use router-to-router??

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I currently have a wireless router at the broadband cable entrance point downstairs, serving 3 machines, and a wire going upstairs (Mixed win xp and 98). I need to provide wired service to about 3 sites upstairs *and* wireless coverage upstairs (too far from the downstairs router). It was suggested that for upstairs I need a wireless access point and a switch. My question is whether I can instead use another wireless router upstairs, with its DHCP service turned off? (For details, it's a d-link di-614 router downstairs).

I've tried this once before, and indeed couldn't make the upstairs machines see each other by TCP/IP, and had to add NETBEUI just so they could share, (which introduced other problems). Is there some understandable reason why you can't hook a router to a router, even disabling all its firewall functions?

Also, should the wireless points be set to the same channel and SSID or different?
Thanks.
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Hey handvprice,

  Yes, they should be set to the same SSID.  Here is a link on configuring a D-link
WAP to work with the Di-614+  http://support.dlink.com/faq/view.asp?prod_id=977&question=DWL-900AP+%20/%20DI-614+%20/%20DI-614+_revB%20/%20DWL-900ap+_revC.  I'll try to locate specific information for connecting two routers together.

Good Luck.
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>Is there some understandable reason why you can't hook a router to a router, even disabling all its firewall functions?

Yes, it is buggy firmware. And just try to get the typical tech support aka call processors to even acknowledge the bugs.
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Since I'm on the monthly plan and not paying for the points, I don't mind splitting them. However, I think public's comment was not helpful, and worked4me's answered the incidental part, but not the difficult main part.
I gotta say, so far I'm disappointed in experts-exchange; essentially 0 for 5 usable answers...
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If your router has defective firmware, contact the vendor. It is not realistic to expect someone to develop fixes for nothing.
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And yes properly working wired to wireless bridge router would work. Netgear does not work. Linksys with the add on firmware does. Dlink is unknown.
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