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Linksys Routers - Stack

Hi,

I currently own two Wired 4 ports Linksys Routers and one 4 port Linksys Wireless router.

I removed the two wired routers from the network and installed only the wireless. Since I need those ports and I do not want to purchase more equipment, I would like to stack the 3 routers and use all the available ports.

I presumed that by plugging the wireless one as the main rouuter, and the two others in the wireless with their ''wan'' ports, it would allow me to use the wireless as the DHCP server and as the Internet access manager ... ...

is there any way to configure the software so it knows they are stacked ????

Thanks.
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matanguay
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holger12345Commented:
As your config is like bridging, your routers have to be setup to bridging mode - i think that's what you mean with "stacking", isn't it?

f you have no option to bridge, you should use the LAN ports with crossover cable (or the ports have autosensing for crossed cables)

good luck
Holger
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matanguayAuthor Commented:
yes I think we mean the same thing.

I want to make the first router (wireless) the main one, and use the two others as hubs or switches, without the routing functions.

how do I configure that ??

I plugged them in but there must be some software config to do too ??


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holger12345Commented:
>>I plugged them in but there must be some software config to do too ??
Yes, if you want to use the WAN port you have to setup bridging mode in the admin pages of the router (for the second and third one)
If you use crossover cables to the LAN ports, you have to setup nothing at all ... (but can't use the WAN port)

Holger
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americanaxisCommented:
If  you want to use the ports of the two wired routers as network ports kind of like having switches stacked on top of each other what you are going to need to do is go into the setup on both of the wired routers and disable DHCP. This will keep your attached devices from getting confused as to which router to use and also eliminate IP conflicts etc.

After you have Disable DHCP on the two wired routers then connect each of these routers to your wireless router using cross-over cables. Plug the crossover cables into the network side of each router. Do Not use the WAN ports on either of the two wired routers.

Good Luck
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matanguayAuthor Commented:
Americanaxis :

is there any way to do this without using cross-overs cables and using WAN ports instead ??

Thanks
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holger12345Commented:
>>is there any way to do this without using cross-overs cables and using WAN ports instead ??
Did you setup bridging mode yet?
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matanguayAuthor Commented:
I did not find anything about ''bridging mode'' ..

I tried upgrading the firmware (tought it might be old, even tough they are all pretty recent) ... no success

Where precisely can I find this ''bridging mode'' ?
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holger12345Commented:
What linksys router do you have precisely?
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matanguayAuthor Commented:
BEFSR41 x2 - Wired Linksys Routers
WRT54G x1 - Wireless G Linksys Router
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holger12345Commented:
They both have no bridging option... :(
If you want to use the WAN ports you have to setup a very strange network config (what i won't suggest)

possible:
ISP --- router1 --- router2
                |-------router3

but thats not worth the trouble, as you have to setup static routes and you won't connect as easily as you want (the IP config will drive you nuts)

if you just want to have another switches: use crossover cable and LAN ports

Holger
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americanaxisCommented:
Sorry

I would definitely consider just going with the crossover cables.

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holger12345Commented:
Me too ;-) ... there's no sorry to have
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