conneccted a wireless router to another router??

I have a network that has a router with 3 Pc connected to it.  I want to add another pc wireless to it.  Here is my plan i have a wireless router can i hook that to my router now and coonect from the PC (it has wireless) Will this work?  anything i should know?

thanks
drasmuss70Asked:
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fm250Commented:
That should work. You need to access your wireless router and set it up. you can access it through the ip address. see its manaul. you can first connect the pc just to the wireless, access it from the pc, put the ip that is same to your subnet. make sure if you have a dhcp in the first router that you disable it on the wireless one.

post back with specefic info such as routers brand/subnet range ..etc.
Bill_FleuryCommented:
Remember to set the local side of the wireless router to a different network address than the rest of your address, or it will never route the traffic to the original network.
drasmuss70Author Commented:
we have  3 pc hooked to a dlink router want to hook a belkin wirelees to it so a wireless belkin wireless netwoirk adapter...will it work
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nprignanoTechnical ArchitectCommented:
Is there any reason why you don't just replace the original router with the Belkin router - they do the same thing, so one device would be less of a hassle than two.  As long as the Belkin router has 3 ethernet ports on the back, you could just replace the D-Link altogether and have one less device to worry about come connectivity troubleshooting time.

You could configure the Belkin router to act as an Access Point (AP) as opposed to a gateway, disable the DHCP function, and then connect the wireless router to the D-Link router.  As long as the D-Link has DHCP running, the AP (Belkin) and any device connecting to it via wireless or wire will recieve DHCP settings from the D-Link.  

I do something similar at work by connecting a Linksys wireless router to my LAN (which has a big-boy Cisco router, but still the same idea).

If you are going to use both routers, make sure that you connect the Belkin to the D-Link into one of the four standard ports, and not through the Internet port, and vise-versa.  Connecting to the Internet port will route the traffic and nothing will work right.

Check out this article on MS.com for more thoughts on multiple "home" routers in a network:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/expert/russel_05Feb.mspx



NOTE:  You may or may not know this, but 75% of all wireless networks are unsecured.  For information on securing a wireless network, see here:
http://www.practicallynetworked.com/support/wireless_secure.htm


Good luck.

nprignano

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Rob WilliamsCommented:
If you wish to add the second router you should do so as an access point rather than connecting it in series via the WAN port. Making it an access port will allow all services to operate properly, all devices will be on the same network, and you can use a single device to provide DHCP addresses to your computers. To do  so:
-Log on to the wireless router. Do no configure anything on the WAN/Internet configuration
-On the LAN configuration give it a fixed IP address in the same subnet as your existing router. For example if the existing router has an IP of 192.168.1.1 give it something like perhaps 192.168.1.254
-On the DHCP page, disable DHCP. DHCP will be assigned by the existing router.
-Connect the two routers together using a patch cable between one of the LAN ports on the existing router and one of the LAN ports on the wireless router. Do not use the WAN port.
-Now you can test by connecting a wired connection to your wireless router. All should be fine
-Finally set up your wireless router for your wireless PC's
Leon FesterSenior Solutions ArchitectCommented:
Those Belkin wireless routers come pre-configured as DHCP relays. Especially the Belkin wireless that only has 1 Network Port. They run on 192.168.x.x range. You should be able to simply plug it in and work.

Even though the Belkin runs on an IP that could be different to your network range, it still serves the DHCP requests to your local DHCP Server. Otherwise adding a static IP within your range should also work once the devices are connected.
Kevin CrossChief Technology OfficerCommented:
I agree with RobWill.  Newer router/switch devices come with auto sensing ports, but to accomplish what he is saying you may need to attach via LAN ports using a cross-over patch cable.  This converts the second wireless router into a bridge (Wireless Access Point only) instead of router so that you don't have to deal with multiple subnets and the issues that come along with that.  

You can merely extend the your network using the main router's DHCP server to provide addresses to all machines.

Good luck.
francis_0822Commented:
yes. Disable the DHCP capability of the 2nd router. The IP address should be on the same IP segment( i.e main router = 192.168.1.1, 2nd router = 192.168.1.254) then regular port to regular port only when connecting this two router so that you can share files between the PC that are connected between the two router. After connecting the two router, power cycle them starting from the modem, main router and the 2nd router with 1 minute interval to be sure so that the signal is completely synchronize.......
drasmuss70Author Commented:
thanks guys i will give a try, cannot do until monday, will post back my results....thanks a million!!!

drasmuss70
Rob WilliamsCommented:
Let us know how you make out. Good luck,
--Rob
drasmuss70Author Commented:
Thanks for all the feedback it was much appreciated....After going through all the options given here i just decided to use the wireless and forget the the dlink.....but i have saved all this info for any future networking i may decide to do.  People like you make this one of the best sites available.


thanks
Drasmuss70
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