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Home Network Issue

I have a Spaghetti Home Network put together by Luck and Experimentation but it works.
I recently received an new main modem from century link that is configured differently and have lost contact with a device on my network. I will Explain.

I had a Modem with 4 outgoing ports. From One of the ports I ran an ethernet cable to a Belkin PRE N router in my garage window that was set up as an access point shooting a signal across my Yard to my Shop that received the signal via a D-Link - to a Netgear router in the shop that broadcasts wireless and thru ethernet cable. Messy but functioned and I SORT of Understood it.

My New Modem ( VDSL Modem DM200 High Speed DSL Modem ) has ONE outgoing Port. SO I had to get a 5 port switch - I installed the router and switch and did set up. All my devices work including the Belkin and computer beyond it BUT .... I can no longer access the Belkin. The Computer in the shop that is fed by the Belkin shows up in attached devices but Not the Belkin. The Smart phone that runs from WiFi of the Belkin shows up but not the Belkin.

I attached my laptop via Ethernet cord directly to the Belkin -- Not Found
I attempted to access the Belkin backwards from the Shop computer - No Luck.
I need to access the Belkin to add a new mac address for a new device and having no luck.
The Belkin has always been and I did not change it.
Any ideas as to what is happening and how I can access it to edit my mac address list ?

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We just went over this in a thread

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You have the Belkin set up as a pass through, so it's like a repeater for the VDSL in front of it. You probably have the feed from the VDSL going to a LAN port on the Belkin instead of the WAN.

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Thanks but Belkin still not found

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Thanks so much for the suggestion to try and the Link -- there was some very informative reading although much did not apply to my situation.

MY Goal for now is just to access the Belkin to add a device to the mac list. ( Whether by attaching laptop - phone - main computer - or ? )

When I was working to set up and get the shop working I was unable to make it work when Main Modem was connected to WAN Port. I had read that it was what I SHOULD do but could not find a configuration that would work.

This Morning I moved the Ethernet cable from LAN to WAN in attempt to See and Edit Belkin and still no luck.

In doing so and viewing what netgear main modem shows as "Attached Devices" I realized that - Even though Functioning ( Main Modem - to Belkin - broadcasting wireless across the yard to D Link to another Netgear to ethernet cable to Shop computer ) that NONE of that train shows as an attached device.
I previously thought that my Shop computer ( a recycle from my house computer upgrade ) was named owner-pc but have now realized that its my sons computer attached to One of the ports of the 5 port switch.

Any idea why NOTHING of the port on the 5 port switch that leads to the Belkin to the Shop / Wireless shows up on my main modem and thus allows no access to the modem to add a new mac address to its device list ? Other devices connect by other ethernet cables off the 5 port switch and wireless devices getting signal off the Belkin show as attached devices but the belkin fed off the 5 port switch is Not.

Just to Clarify -- All devices of the past are functioning. I do realize there are More efficient ways to accomplish my across the yard connection but I am afraid to mess with whats working. It took me weeks of spare time to initially get the shop connected. I must have internet access every weekday to accomplish business work and fear taking chance of losing what I have. When setting up originally I got SO CLOSE so many times then changing one setting would lose everything.


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MAC list you say?

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How is that effective today since machines can set the MAC address as well as randomize. MAC filtering tends to break setups, not secure them.

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I think Mac good enough for my situation

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I'm quite rural and on acreage - have had no issues - cant get a signal out at the road.
And I understand the process via mac list.
Has worked well for all our family devices for 10 years.

This is a little off topic but :
I know that - if done correctly with optimal hardware for the system that NOTHING in my current system would be re used. I know I need to do it but need to take a week off working just to be sure I could do it. I'm a person that has never once brought home a new piece of plug and play hardware ( printers etc ) and had it work within 48 hours and phone tech support.

If I decided to design - buy and configure a new Network system - can in be done in duplex so that I would not have to disable the working mess before new system is functioning ?

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This is a well worn area.

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If you were on a rural area, the problem is still that it's a broken security thing that on some routers can cause them to get flaky.

But your choice. I let my clients stew a while on this one. Usually they get it the next day.

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unplug it first

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then deal ONLY with the Belkin and put all the MAC addresses on it you want. I suppose you have it set to only allow registered MAC addresses? If you unplug it from the front router, and then plug to it, access the internal program that way, you can do this. When you plug it back to the line from first router, back to being a pass through.

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Tried that, But...

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No Luck
Finally - I risked my connection configuration and drug out my old router - Re- Connected and hooked the belkin direct to it - Edited the mac file as needed - and reinstalled the DM200.

Service to the Old Modem was discontinued by Century Link one Sunday afternoon at GMT 000 + 8 with no warning -- no replacement modem -- While it would no longer connect to the internet it did connect to the belkin.

Thanks to all for your time an effort.
There is so much information here on the board -- I'm new here but plan to do some reading and come up with the best solution for some new network hardware. Its time.
Its an odd configuration - shooting 125 feet across the yard to a metal building

Thank you again for the links and info -- I have learned several things

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I found that other thread

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