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can i run a router off another router?

by nivlac79 / September 22, 2005 12:19 PM PDT

We have Cat 5 through our whole house, which is connected to a router (wired) that runs off the cable modem. I would like to have additional ethernet connection in my room, so can I hook up a 2nd router (or ethernet switch? not sure which one) in the house to the rj45 cable via cat 5?? And what is the difference between a router and a ethernet switch?


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You need a switch
by Stan Chambers / September 22, 2005 1:48 PM PDT

I won't try to explain the difference between a switch and router as you can read about it at any website that deals in them. Just think of the switch as a splitter.

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lots of options
by linkit / September 22, 2005 2:54 PM PDT

The house is already wired--the hardest part is done! The simple thing to do is to connect all computers to one router and then connect the router to the Internet. You really want only one device acting as a router per network.

Some other options:

1. REPLACE your wired router with wireless router containing a multi-port switch.
2. Make a wired connection form your router to a switch
3. Make a wired connection from your router to another router that is capable of acting like switch.
4. Make a wired connection from your router to a Wireless Access Point.
5. Make a wired connection from your router to a wireless router (you can tell it to act like a multi-port switch + wireless access point).

Educate yourself on the router's capabilities before purchasing. Also, you will make your life much easier if all of your equipment is from the same mfg.

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Check with the manufacturer...
by jackintucson / September 23, 2005 4:31 AM PDT

I daisy-chained my Belkins. Use cat5 port-4 to chain to next router.

and life goes on...


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Router to Router
by globalcali / September 23, 2005 11:47 AM PDT

Remember, like items require a crossover cable. Make sure that your primary router acts as a gateway and run the DHCP in it for the second router unless you're running NAT (Network Addressing Translation). Make sure that you turn the DHCP off on the second router and everything should be good to go. Just remember that router (unlike anything else) requires a way in and a way out. If you only have half of the puzzle...you only have half of the picture.

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(NT) (NT) crossover cable - system to system only
by billzhills / September 24, 2005 3:33 AM PDT
In reply to: Router to Router
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