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Old 03-06-2007, 05:15 PM
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Exclamation How to combine 2 wireless routers on one home network? (2Wire & D-Link wifi routers)

Hi everyone, nice to have a forum dedicated to wireless technology

I have a nice robust 2Wire 1800HG Wireless DSL router that i have successfully setup at my home. I have it located on the second floor living room, and have been enjoying wireless broadband internet for almost a year with my laptop.

Now, i have a "HotRod" PC (take a peek below) in my room that i want to connect, but i can't be bothered to buy a wifi adapter. I do have a D-Link DI-624 Wireless router that's laying around unused, and thought to myself "...hmm, that can be an adapter can it?...".

Tech setup is as follows :

2Wire DSL
IP: 192.168.y.254 subnet 255.255.255.0
DHCP enabled with range from 192.168.1.64 to 192.168.1.253
SSID: BOGUS
WEP: 1234

Now, i realise the tricky part is how to setup the DI-624 as an ACCESS POINT when all setup on the firmware is actually for a router.

I tried to setup the DI-624 as follows:

D-LINK setup#1
IP: 192.168.1.1 subnet 255.255.255.0
DHCP disabled
SSID: BOGUS (same as 2Wire)
WEP: 1234 (also same as 2Wire)
Static PC IP: 192.168.1.2 subnet 255.255.255.0 gateway 192.168.1.1

The way i test is that once i can ping under the command prompt to the 2Wire router, then it works. Unfortunately, it didn't.

I also tried the setting as follows:

D-LINK setup#2
IP: 192.168.1.63 subnet 255.255.255.0 (should be the same as above, but what the hey...)
DHCP disabled
SSID: BOGUS (same as 2Wire)
WEP: 1234 (also same as 2Wire)
Static PC IP: 192.168.1.2 subnet 255.255.255.0 gateway 192.168.1.63

I even tried to put the gateway as the 2Wire IP (192.168.1.254) but still to no avail.

My questions are:
  1. Is there any other setup i can try other than the above? i might not get the IP's and gateways right.
  2. In order to have two wireless routers working on the same network, i assume that all wireless settings (SSID, channel, even WEP key) needs to be the same. Is this assumption correct?
  3. Both routers have the latest OFFICIAL firmware. Is there any "custom" firmware available that can trick the DI-624 into believeing it's an Access Point?
  4. Am i doing EVERYTHING wrong? (in which case i plead to the members of this forum to PLEASE help me hehehe)
I know the easiest way is to connect a hardwire from the 2Wire router (regular LAN port i assume) to the DI-624 router (WAN port with dynamic IP setting for WAN i assume), then i can easily setup a completely new network for the DI-624 and get internet successfully. But i'm very VERY curious to make this work.

If i can pull this off, i have another wireless router just aching to be setup on the first floor. That'll boost up the signal to every corner of my house!

Appreciate the support that anyone can offer.

Sincerely, Moose.

Last edited by mustafa_ma; 03-07-2007 at 09:22 AM.. Reason: Stating brand on title & stating IP (what the hey)
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Old 03-07-2007, 03:10 AM
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Well, I don't know what your 'xxx's 'y's are and if they're bad numbers to be using, but I do know that your gateway is your router, so you need to set the gateway IPs to match your router's IP.
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Old 03-07-2007, 09:18 AM
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Thanks for the reply Geocorona...

I guess the xxx.xxx is 192.168, and the x's on the subnet are 0, and the y's are 1. (fixed the original post btw)

I realise the gateway should be the router, but if my setup is correct (ip's and all), the gateway should be the 2WIRE router right? This is the only option, as the D-LINK dhcp should be disabled.

Any other thoughts anyone?

Cheers

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Old 03-07-2007, 02:22 PM
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Quote:
the gateway should be the 2WIRE router right?
Right.

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I know the easiest way is to connect a hardwire from the 2Wire router (regular LAN port i assume) to the DI-624 router (WAN port with dynamic IP setting for WAN i assume), then i can easily setup a completely new network for the DI-624 and get internet successfully. But i'm very VERY curious to make this work.
They need to go LAN to LAN. Otherwise, what you describe is how you set up an Access Point, but what it sounds like is that you're trying to make the D-Links into Repeaters, which I don't think they have the firmware to handle.

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