Adding a wireless router


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Jim

My present configuration is a Linksys Cable Modem and a Linksys Cable Router
connected to 3 XP Pro computers.

I would like to know if it's possible to add a Belkin Wireless G Router to
my setup without replacing the Linksys Cable Router. I'd like to access my
LAN wirelessly from a laptop computer I have. For security reasons I would
prefer to turn off the wireless router when not in use and just use the
present setup.

Suggestions appreciated.

Alex
 
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smlunatick

My present configuration is a Linksys Cable Modem and a Linksys Cable Router
connected to 3 XP Pro computers.

I would like to know if it's possible to add a Belkin Wireless G Router to
my setup without replacing the Linksys Cable Router. I'd like to access my
LAN wirelessly from a laptop computer I have. For security reasons I would
prefer to turn off the wireless router when not in use and just use the
present setup.

Suggestions appreciated.

Alex

Replace the Cable router with the wireless router. Do not turn of the
router. Learn the various security features of the wireless networks
(aka WiFi.)

With proper WPA / WPA2 WiFi signal security and a router password,
your network will still be secure.
 
J

James Egan

My present configuration is a Linksys Cable Modem and a Linksys Cable Router
connected to 3 XP Pro computers.

I would like to know if it's possible to add a Belkin Wireless G Router to
my setup without replacing the Linksys Cable Router. I'd like to access my
LAN wirelessly from a laptop computer I have. For security reasons I would
prefer to turn off the wireless router when not in use and just use the
present setup.

Suggestions appreciated.

Don't connect up the Belkin WAN port at all. Connect a Belkin LAN port
to one of the Linksys router LAN ports as if it were a pc. Switch dhcp
off on the Belkin and give it a static ip address on the same subnet
as the Linksys but outside the Linksys's dhcp pool range.


Jim.
 
J

Jim

James,

I followed your advice on how to connect the Belkin Wireless G Router -
Great, I can now gain wireless access to my LAN and the Internet via my
laptop.

However, I'm not able to access the Belkin Router via this address
192.168.2.1. should I need to make and changes in the future.

Jim
 
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James Egan

However, I'm not able to access the Belkin Router via this address
192.168.2.1. should I need to make and changes in the future.

You should be able to access either the belkin or the linksys from any
machine on the network. What addresses are you using for these routers
and the pc's? Can you ping the routers using their ip addresses?

If you reconfigure the router in the future it is generally a good
idea to use one of the pc's with a wired connection.


Jim.
 
J

Jim

James

The Linksys router address is 192.168.1.1 which I can access.
Accroding to the manual, the Belkin router address is supposed to be
192.168.2.1 which I can't access
PC addresses start at 192.168.1.100, etc
I can ping all except 192.168.2.1

The Belkin is working just fine with my wireless laptop. However I would
like to be able to access this router in the event I need to reconfig it
sometime in the future.

I should tell you that when I first tried to install the Belkin (by removing
my Linksys router) I had a problem and had to call Belkin. The tech had me
access the setup at 192.168.2.1 and make some address change which I don't
remember what it was. I'm just wondering if I should press the "reset"
button to get the address back to 192.168.2.1?

I will follow your suggestion and try connecting it directly to another pc.

Thanks again

Jim
 
J

James Egan

The Linksys router address is 192.168.1.1 which I can access.
Accroding to the manual, the Belkin router address is supposed to be
192.168.2.1 which I can't access
PC addresses start at 192.168.1.100, etc
I can ping all except 192.168.2.1

The Belkin is working just fine with my wireless laptop. However I would
like to be able to access this router in the event I need to reconfig it
sometime in the future.


Leave the linksys at 192.168.1.1 mask 255.255.255.0

Leave the PC's at 192.168.1.100 and upwards (mask 255.255.255.0)

Change the belkin to 192.168.1.2 mask 255.255.255.0

Turn dhcp on the Belkin off.

Plug the Belkin into a LAN port on the Linksys.



Jim.
 
J

Jim

Sorry but I can't access the Belkin.


James Egan said:
Leave the linksys at 192.168.1.1 mask 255.255.255.0

Leave the PC's at 192.168.1.100 and upwards (mask 255.255.255.0)

Change the belkin to 192.168.1.2 mask 255.255.255.0

Turn dhcp on the Belkin off.

Plug the Belkin into a LAN port on the Linksys.



Jim.
 
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James Egan

Sorry but I can't access the Belkin.

Connect one of the pc's directly to a belkin LAN port

If you have switched dhcp off on the Belkin already, then give the pc
a (temporary) static address of 192.168.2.10 mask 255.255.255.0
This will allow you to configure the Belkin from the PC

Turn dhcp off on the Belkin if you haven't already done so and change
the belkin LAN address to 192.168.1.2 mask 255.255.255.0
This will zap your (temporary) direct connection with the Belkin.

Plug both the Belkin and the PC into LAN ports on the linksys.
Change the pc back to receive an address automatically and restart it.


Jim.
 
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