Want to expand home network with 2nd router
Posted on 2005-03-11
I have a direcway 6000 satelite modem which has the internal network ip of 192.168.0.1. Then I have a Netgear WGT624-v2 wireless router, which has 4 ports. It uses the IP 192.168.2.1, and the 3 computers on it use 2.2, 2.3 & 2.4 which are assigned by DHCP. Now there is a new 4th computer, far at the other end of the building, (120ft), and there are plans to possibly add one or two more later, which are also that far end of the building. So I want to use that last port on my router to go to a 2nd router (or switch?) at the other end. I already have an identical router. My questions are: 1. Will this work, 2. What IP do I assign the 2nd router (e.g. 192.168.2.5? or 192.168.3.1?). 3. How does DHCP keep it all straight? What happens if, on that 2nd router, at one of the computers, I add a switch, so that there is a way to branch off to an xbox? Does what I am doing cause much performance penalty?
I'm thinking that the advantage of using the 2nd router, instead of a switch, is that I would have better wireless coverage of the large area. I have heard friends say that their wireless device connection becomes spotty if they get too far away, but I think this varies a lot depending on the device.