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Daisy chaining a router

New to the forums here hello to all! First let me explain what I have...motorolla cable modem hooked to dlink wireless router all of which is on this end of the house along with my home office computer. kids room at the other end of the house equiped with new computer and xbox 360. I have a 100' network cable running from my dlink router to the kids room (shared by 2 boys). One wants to be on the computer the other wants to play xbox live and of course they want to do it at the same time.

Question is: i have another modem/router combo unit (netgear) can this be connected to my dlink router and support both computer and xbox in thier room.

I've seen other forums saying its possible by changing the netgear ip address and turning off dhcp or something to that effect but that just makes it a swith and i'm not sure that will support both units at the same time. i would like any suggestions do i need different equiptment? this configuration impossible?.....should i just take away thier electronics? please help!!!

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You can try

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to use the modem/router as a switch but if you have too much trouble configuring it, it's cheap to buy a 5-port switch.

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give it a try

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As Samkh stated, you would essentially be using the router as a switch.

1. Connect a computer to a numbered port on the Netgear router. Log in to it's admin page.
2. If D-Link router's IP address is, then assign the Netgear router something like
3. Turn off the DHCP server on the Netgear router.
4. Disconnect all devices from Netgear router.
5. Connect a network cable form the D-link router to a numbered port on the Netgear router

Did it work?

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tried it....

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Thanks for the help.

I've logged on to the admin page on the netgear router, but I can't find any setting to change the ip or turn off the DHCP. It has a status page which shows the ip address and that the DHCP is turned on but no place to change those settings.

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(NT) What's the model number of the Netgear unit?

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(NT) netgear cg814wg / dlink sb5101

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Netgear cg814wg is a model that has firmware from the vendor that provided it to you, likely an ISP. Therefore, it may not have all the features that typical store bought routers have.

So maybe your best bet is indeed getting a switch. Not very expensive online.

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Will a switch allow both the computer and the xbox to have internet connections at the same time or does it "switch" from one to the other? The xbox needs a constant upstream and downstream to work properly, right?

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switch will work

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Adding a switch essentially adds more network ports to your router. In your case, the ports will just be on a 100' extension.

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Thanks for your help! It is greatly appreciated! Looks like a switch is what I'll try. Im sure my kids would rather me do that then take away thier toys! lol


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