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Need assistance with adding 2nd router to network..

I currently have a small network with a 4 port router that I want to add a wireless router to.

If the wireless router is set up to acquire a network address via DHCP and the 4 port router is set for DHCP then shouldn't I be able to plug the wireless router into a standard port on the 4 port router and then the computers attached to the wireless router should be able too see the other computers on my system?

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JFrederick29

8/22/2022 - Mon
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mrroonie

i would give the wireless router a static IP, then set up dhcp on the wireless in a different range (ie, setup the existing router to use IP's 192.168.0.2 - 192.168.0.10 and the wireless to use 192.168.0.11 - 192.168.0.250 or something, this is assuming you use the 192....subnet) just to make sure no wireless PC's addresses conflict with any wired
mrroonie

sorry, jfrederick29 is right - dhcp will route through the wireless from the wired one
chuckyh

You have to put the wireless router in wireless access point mode, not in router mode. So that the wireless router will act as an extension of the wired network.
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nike_golf

Thanks for the posts guys,  I do want the users on both routers to be able to see each other so they need to be on the same subnet.  I think I might have a bad router so I want to make sure I'm thinking about this correctly before buying another unit.

Since the currentl wireless router is not a WAP can it still be set up like one?


1.  Connect the Wireless router using one if it's LAN ports (Not Internet/WAN port) to a LAN port on the other router.

2.  Disable the DHCP server on the Wireless router.

Given the above statement will the wired router then do DHCP or am getting into a double NAT issue here?

JFrederick29

Yes, the wired will do DHCP to all wireless clients.  NAT is not involved on the Wireless side.
Darr247

> Yes, the wired will do DHCP to all wireless clients.

I concur.
If possible, reserve an IP for the wireless access point to make accessing the configuration menus easier if/when necessary.
Some routers don't allow reserving IPs for certain MACs, but most do.


>  NAT is not involved on the Wireless side.

Well, technically there will still be NAT going on with the wireless clients if they're accessing the internet... but it will be done by the wired router rather than by the wireless access point. I think that's what JFrederick29 meant, anyway; it's just not what was said/typed. Not picking on JFrederick29, just making sure nike_golf understands what's going on.
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nike_golf

Just so that I'm clear guys....

1.  Connect the Wireless router using one if it's LAN ports to a LAN port on the other router.

2.  Disable the DHCP server on the Wireless router.

3.  Set a Static IP on the wireless router on the same subnet as the wired router but not in the DHCP pool.

4.  The gateway for the wireless router is the wired routers LAN IP.


So, if the above are true statements why would anyone need to buy a WAP if it can be done with a regular Wireless router?

NG,
JFrederick29

Looks good...

>So, if the above are true statements why would anyone need to buy a WAP if it can be done with a regular Wireless router?

Not too many reasons, a WAP may be a little cheaper as it doesn't have the routing capabilities.  A purpose-built WAP may also have more wireless features...