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Setting up a Guest Network for babysitters

by jackmcd786 / January 21, 2018 7:50 PM PST

I have a network set up in my home through my fios actiontec router ( fairly straight forward. I have a bunch of computers, tablets, ip cameras, printers etc that all work fine. Many of our computers share files. I would like to create a separate network to allow babysitters, friends etc to be able to access the internet, but not allow them access to all my other devices. Unfortunately the router does not have the guest network feature like the new gateway routers. I have an extra wifi router laying around. Can anyone layout the basic set up for this? I assume just plug it in and set it to and create a unique wifi network? I've googled this and found a ton of conflicting information on gateways and subnet masks and am totally confused.

In a PERFECT scenario those on the guest network would be able to access one of my network printers (which has a static ip). Is this possible if the guest router is plugged into the main router? Maybe with some fancy port forwarding? Not super important but would be nice.

If anyone has some very clear and easy to follow advice I'd be very appreciative!!

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What router is that?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 22, 2018 8:46 AM PST

Can it run OPENWRT or others noted at

This may give that router the needed Guest or "Client Isolation" feature.

As to the printer, let's just forget that since it's not easy and some find it intrusive the amount of detail I would need.

There is a slight issue with your existing network. If your router has the usual push button to connect, then what's stopping them from using that?

That is, IF I were to use that, are your network shares open to use without an account and password? If so, you have work to do there.

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Not sure
by jackmcd786 / January 22, 2018 8:53 AM PST
In reply to: What router is that?

Not sure about the router it’s buried away at another house right now. I think a belkin from a few years ago. I solved the printer anyways with a simple usb print server.

Let’s assume the router doesn’t have that setting. What would I adjust the wan/lan ip settings to so I have 2 isolated networks? Router 1 lan to router 2 wan? I’ve seen that you’re always supposed to do lan to lan Idk. As far as the button I have wps disabled so no issue there

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Then try simple.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 22, 2018 8:58 AM PST
In reply to: Not sure

You pretty much have nothing to do. Just reset the router and then connect the new router's WAN port to the first router's LAN port. Most of the time that gives access to the internet and you don't see shares when you try.

That may be enough.

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Ip address
by jackmcd786 / January 22, 2018 9:09 AM PST
In reply to: Then try simple.

Do I need to change router 2s ip to I assume?

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Maybe, maybe not.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 22, 2018 9:20 AM PST
In reply to: Ip address

Some routers do that when they detect a conflict. As we are dealing with unknowns the answer is maybe.

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Ok thanks
by jackmcd786 / January 22, 2018 9:29 AM PST
In reply to: Maybe, maybe not.

I’ll give it a shot thanks

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by luckylukee8 / January 22, 2018 7:49 AM PST

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