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How do I set up a network with multiple routers.

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I only know a little bit about networking so...

I have 2 routers, 5 computers and a cable modem. I thought all I had to do was plug the cable modem into the WAN slot of one router. Connect a regular port on the router to the WAN slot of the other router. And plug in the computers into any of the free jacks. But that didn't work. Everyone on the same router could see each other but couldn't see the others. Still had internet access though.

So I went online and read this very confusing thing about using the uplink jack. But when I did that nothing worked. Then something else said I had to disable the DHCP on all but one of the routers and that didn't work either. Got the IP of Doom. So now I'm just thoroughly confused about how to set it up.
Aug 14 '07
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On one router, disable DHCP. Plug the DHCP-disabled router into the other router (which should still have DHCP on). Usually, this should be done with a crossover cable, but most router/switches have "intelligen t" ports that will work with a standard straight through cat-5 cable.

The port cabling is where your mileage may vary. Some SOHO routers will accept a crossover connection from the switch port on router 1 to the WAN port on router 2, while most will work with a crossover cable from a switch port on router 1 to a switch port on router 2. Are you using a crossover cable to join the two routers?

Here is a link to a more thorough tutorial:
Thanks for that. I'll give it a shot when I get some time. One of the guys ended up buying a router with more ports but I still want to test this out. And no, I didn't connect it with a crossover cable.
Aug 21 '07 #11

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