• Status: Solved
  • Priority: Medium
  • Security: Public
  • Views: 183
  • Last Modified:

Can I use router-to-router??

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?
  • 3
2 Solutions

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.
>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.
handvpriceAuthor Commented:
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...
If your router has defective firmware, contact the vendor. It is not realistic to expect someone to develop fixes for nothing.
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.
Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

Join & Write a Comment

Featured Post

Free Tool: Site Down Detector

Helpful to verify reports of your own downtime, or to double check a downed website you are trying to access.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

  • 3
Tackle projects and never again get stuck behind a technical roadblock.
Join Now