2 LAN Connections
Posted on 2008-11-17
A person attempting to setup a home network called me out today unable to get his LAN to work. See if you can help me with this, because I couldn't figure it out:
There was a cable internet connection via a wireless router located in the central part of the house (for good coverage). This router handed out addresses with a 192.168.0.xx scheme.
A second non-wireless router was located in the home office at one end of the home. Its only purpose was to provide a network connection for a network copier. This router handed out addresses in a 192.168.1.xx scheme.
Both routers used a subnet of 255.255.255.0. There is no ethernet cable run between the two routers.
Two XP Pro computers were on the network. Both computers had one wireless and one wired connection. The wireless connection connected to the wireless router for internet, and the wired connection was run to the home office for printer access. Problem is, if both connections are active at the same time, any services relying on Internet access fail. If the ethernet connection is disabled, the wireless internet works fine, but the computer is not able to print.
I was looking a the network bridge feature in XP, and enabled it, but that did not resolve the issue. I think perhaps if the routers were setup correctly it might, but I don't know. Is there a way to make this situation work with internet and printer access over both connection simultaneously?