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2 wireless routers and the internet

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This is my setup:
Cable Modem connects to DI-624 Wireless router connects to Actiontec AGT704WG wireless router.  The cat5 cable is going from the lan port on the Dlink to the lan port on the Actiontec.  I want to be able to acess the internet via both routers when I am wired to both.  I also want to connact to both of them wirelessly and be able to connect to the internet.  I know I have to mess with gateway settings etc probably in the Actiontect router to make this work properly.  What do I have to do so this works correctly?
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>> I want to be able to acess the internet via both routers <<

Why??

You need to see if either router has the option to become a gateway or even bridge.  Basically you can't have both acting as router (i.e. trying to provide IPs).  The router should be the device the modem plugs into.  If both are acting as a wireless access point then you should set them up with the same SSID and security info but have them broadcast on a different channel.  In fact it should be a few channels between them.

Let me know how this helps or what additional information you need.  Let me know if you have a question.

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b0lsc0tt,

The Actiontect is far away from the modem and at the actiontect location I want to be able to connect wirelessly also.

What does the LAN, WAN, Gateway, & DNS ip's  have to be set to on the Actiontec in comparision of the DLINK router?
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>> I want to be able to acess the internet via both routers when I am wired to both. <<

That actually won't happen.  Since the are connected in series you will still just be accessing the Internet with the device that is acting as router, usually closest to the modem.  The other device may act as a wireless range extender or a switch but you aren't really accessing the Internet from both.

If the motivation for this is the thought this will increase (i.e. double) your Internet connection speed then that is not the case.  You actually have the potential of slowing traffic.

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>> The Actiontect is far away from the modem and at the actiontect location I want to be able to connect wirelessly also. <<

So are these 2 locations?  Each location with an Internet connection and either the Dlink or Actiontec router (i.e. not one location with both routers)?  I can answer the follow up question in the second comment if you clear the first statement in the comment up.

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Or is the Actiontec router somewhat close to the other location (Internet and Dlink) and meant to "extend" the range of the Dlink to provide access where the Actiontec is?  If so, how far and over what type of terrain (i.e. buildings, obstructions, etc)?  If this is the case then have you checked to see if the Actiontec router has the ability to act as an Access Point?

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I understand the internet is only coming through the first router connected to the modem directly.  I am not trying ti double my speed.  The Actiontect is far away from the modem and at the actiontect location I want to be able to connect wirelessly also.  On the actiontect if I enable DHCP and leave everything dynamic, and connect a computer viawire to the actiontect router, I can access the internet.  When I connect a computer wirelessly to the actiontec, the ip address assigned is that of the actionteck router and not of the dlink router, so the internet though wireless on actiontec is not working.  What do I have to do to make it work like as if it were a wired connection?
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The Actiontec is about 100 feet away from the DLINK and there are multiple computers where the Actiontect is.  The actiontec is there simply extend the DLINK.  I want the computers at the Actiontec location to connect to the actiontec wired or wirelessly and be able to access the dlink network and internet.
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>> I understand the internet is only coming through the first router connected to the modem directly.  I am not trying ti double my speed.  <<

Good.  I realize I misunderstood what you were doing and then even forgot parts of the first post.  I got confused at first.  Sorry!

I tried to look up the specs for the Actiontec router.  I was not able to find info but most don't have an uplink port and aren't really designed to act as just a switch.  That model actually seems to be one provided by ISPs.  A wireless switch (or a switch and an access point) is really what you need at this location.  Without an uplink port you probably need to wire the cable as a crossover cable to connect the Dlink and Actiontec.

The WAN port in the Actiontec device will not be used.  The other settings will depend on the "configuration" options we have for the "router."  The gateway will be the Dlink router but the other settings need to disappear.  Changing the "configuration" will hopefully do this.  Without changing the configuration the Actiontec will continue to want to act as a router and will want those other settins, which are being handled by the Dlink router.

Let me know what you think of this or if you have a question.

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Please explain why you want this deleted.  There is still one of my comments that did not get a response.  Before trying to delete this, especially in a way that would refund your points, you need to respond to all expert posts.

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