No internet when wireless plugged in


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Don Barton

I have a DSL that goes into a wired router, that then feed my computer
and my wife's computer. One of the ethernet ports hooks up a wireless
router, so my wife can use her I-touch throughout the house. Whenever
the wireless is "on" my computer's internet or email does not work,
but my wife's computer works just fine (both hooked up to the wired
router) AND so does her wireless device. I have to literally unplug
the wireless router from the electrical socket in the wall so I can
use my computer for internet and email. My wife has XP Pro, I have
Vista Home.
Any ideas how I can stop this from happening?

Don
 
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Tyro

What you are saying makes no sense. You have a router thru which you receive
Internet. But if you need to unplug the router to receive Internet?

Tyro
 
P

Peter Foldes

You cannot have a wireless router plugged into a wired router. Both computers have
to be either on the wireless or on the wired. You cannot have one router plugged
into a wireless or vica versa. The wireless will always override the wired one.
 
M

Mike Hall - MVP

Don Barton said:
I have a DSL that goes into a wired router, that then feed my computer
and my wife's computer. One of the ethernet ports hooks up a wireless
router, so my wife can use her I-touch throughout the house. Whenever
the wireless is "on" my computer's internet or email does not work,
but my wife's computer works just fine (both hooked up to the wired
router) AND so does her wireless device. I have to literally unplug
the wireless router from the electrical socket in the wall so I can
use my computer for internet and email. My wife has XP Pro, I have
Vista Home.
Any ideas how I can stop this from happening?

Don


Are you saying that you have a wireless router wired into a non-wireless
router?

If so, why not just connect all computers into the ports on the back of the
wireless router?
 
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Richard in AZ

Don Barton said:
I have a DSL that goes into a wired router, that then feed my computer
and my wife's computer. One of the ethernet ports hooks up a wireless
router, so my wife can use her I-touch throughout the house. Whenever
the wireless is "on" my computer's internet or email does not work,
but my wife's computer works just fine (both hooked up to the wired
router) AND so does her wireless device. I have to literally unplug
the wireless router from the electrical socket in the wall so I can
use my computer for internet and email. My wife has XP Pro, I have
Vista Home.
Any ideas how I can stop this from happening?

Don

If I understand you. You have a wired router and both your Vista computer and your wife's XP computer are connected to it.
You plugged a wireless router into the wired router to have a wireless capability for the "I-touch".
However when the wireless router is powered, you lose your Vista Internet.

The problem is that you are incorrectly using the wireless router as a switch and it takes over.
Here is how to configure your wireless router as a switch.

"Connect a computer to one of the wireless router's
LAN ports to access its configuration utility and make the following
changes:

- Turn off DHCP in the wireless router.
- Set the wireless router's *LAN* (local) IP address to something in your
current subnet but not in the range assigned by your primary router's
DHCP server.

For example, Linksys routers typically default to a LAN IP address of
192.168.1.1 (subnet mask 255.255.255.0) and assign IP addresses in the
range 192.168.1.100 - 192.168.1.254. If that were the case for you, you
would set the LAN IP address of the spare router to something between
192.168.1.2 through 192.168.1.99.

Once you have made those changes to the wireless router, connect an
Ethernet cable from one of the LAN ports on the primary router to one of
the LAN ports on the wireless router. You'll now have 3 open ports. The
DHCP server in the primary router will assign IP addresses to devices
connected to those ports as well as to devices connected to its own LAN
ports. Leave the Internet port on the wireless router open, i.a., not
connected to anything.

Note that as soon as you commit to the change to the wireless router's LAN
IP address you'll lose the connection to its configuration utility. Be
sure to write down the IP address you set for the wireless router (as well
as the password you configured to protect access to its configuration
utility) and stick them to the wireless router with some Scotch tape."
 
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Don Barton

If I understand you.  You have a wired router and both your Vista computer and your wife's XP computer are connected to it.
You plugged a wireless router into the wired router to have a wireless capability for the "I-touch".
However when the wireless router is powered, you lose your Vista Internet..

Thanks everyone for their input. It has been very helpful!

Don
 
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