Need a second router to supply power?
- Apparently one router cannot supply the necessary power needed for two laptops. Is it possible to connect an additional [router, for power over Ethernet (PoE)]? Both of these laptops are Wi-Fi connected.
Seeking better quality of service
- I have a wireless router and a range extender set up, so that I have decent internet coverage throughout the house. Unfortunately, my setup (a PS3, XBox 360, one laptop wireless, two desktops connected wirelessly and two more desktops wired,.. plus two cell phones that use Wi-Fi for Internet AND for calling - oh yeah, plus VoIP for the home phone) seems to put a heavy load on my router. I want to add a centralized access point just for the cell phones and one PC, then use the other router/extender for games, Web surfing and VoIP.
- —Guest Lobo_teach
Want more security on the second unit
- We have a primary router, an SMC cable/router. I hooked up a Linksys access point wirelessly to this. When I attempt to set up security (WEP or WAP) on the access point, everything stops. It won’t allow me to hook in to the wireless router. I’ve tried every thing I know. Resetting the access point and such. As long as I leave the access point open, I can hook into it. What am I doing wrong? I want to lock down the access point so not just anyone can get on it.
- —Guest brucemcknight
Coping with ISP limitations on wireless
- I myself and my husband are using 2 additional routers, both are wireless. The cable company (my ISP) is forcing me to buy a [primary] router from them as their policy is to support one connection only, not for sharing wirelessly in the home. I have the modem at the 3rd floor and I am using notebook and desktop computers on 2nd floor.(Side note: I have a problem after downloading Internet Explorer 8: My husband's computer loses connectivity and my USB adapter for that wireless connection also does not work.)
- —Guest Shakuntla
Just a switch, for upstairs
- I have a broadband router hooked up to my ISP's modem that shares 2 printers and 3 computers. The 4th jack of the broadband router goes to the 3rd floor to a wired switch that is attached to 2 more computers that I work on. I use the wireless from my broadband router for Wii and PSP.
- —Guest nateg88
Why another router if switch included?
- Forget about all the fuss with a second router. You can NOW purchase routers that include a switch. A switch simply will keep your connections seperated and most will have internal VLAN. Vlan allows you to designate Groups. those in group "A" are not able to reach those in group "B" it is all self contained in a easy to set up if you follow the directions. You can purchase a LINKSYS home Router at Best Buy etc.. The beauty of this Router system is it also includes VPN. This will allow you to connect directly with your home base system Remotly. While your away on you laptop. VPN is a secure login. VPN can not be hacked! So in one unit you can get all you need. I am a Network Specialist / not pushing Linksys or Cisco. I like it because it's easy for home users. GOOD LUCK TO YOU.
- —Guest Mick1017
For better capacity within the home
- Actually, using the ISPs modem is the first line of defense. My router serves a printer, desktop and television, and wireless connections to 3 or 4 other computers. The bandwidth limit is at the ISP, but we rarely get there. Occasionally I connect a third router for testing and gaming, but it's not a permanent fixture.
- —Guest dolo724
Older one can be a wireless access point
- I have 2 routers in the system, but I turned off the router function of the older B/G router and used it only as a WAP.
- —Guest BlindldUmp
One a dedicated firewall, may be silly
- I use a hardware firewall router and two wireless routers. The firewall router connects the modem to the other two routers. I configured one wireless router with WPA encryption which I leave on all the time while I configured the other wireless router to use WEP encryption for Nintendo DS use. I keep the latter to a limited range and only power on when needed. Just a side note: Nintendo DS security sucks. You either have to use WEP encryption or you have to connect to the internet through your computer via adhock. What a pain!
Using 2nd router to get 802.11n support
- I use two routers because my ISP only provides an 802.11g wireless router, and I want to use 802.11n on my LAN. I also had a range problem so combined my D-link ExtemeN router with a Hawking 802.11n range booster. Had to fiddle with the ISP's router to disarm the DHCP and wireless functions, so it just works as a modem.
- —Guest lilleyen
Cost is the real problem for some of us
- This may be good security backing to used two routers; it will cost much to do so. In other countries like ours, money problems remain the order of the day.
- —Guest Levis Kerzuah
Just curious how it works
- I dont know for sure if I want to use two routers; I just want to know how it's done.
- —Guest kennyvestal
For networking a detached office room
- I had a need for two routers. I have a detatched office from my main house. So I brought 2 bridges and 2 routers. The first router was installed normally hooking up to a cable modem. Bridge one was connected into the 1st router through Ethernet connection and then connected to a long distance antenna cable. The second bridge was connected 200 feet away to another long range antenna (12" circular with coax cable) and then plugged by Ethernet into the 2nd router but not into the normal Internet plug. I had to connect into one of the four Ethernet connectors. This makes the router passive and subordinate to the main router. This was the only way I could get access to the remote devices (I had one computer and 3 video cameras). Otherwise if I connected the remote router the normal way plugging into the Internet (via Ethernet), I could not gain access to the remote video cameras from the outside my network. And, that is primarily why what I wanted - to access the cameras off premises.
- —Guest Zigmond Post
Recommend two, or more routers as backup
- Actually, I have 3 routers on my network. I think that it is a good idea to have at least 2, because if one stops working for a while, you can always connect to another one, depending on how you have it set up.
- —Guest John Sabo
Keeps the kids on their own segment
- I use two routers for two reasons: 1. My old PDA only speaks 802.11b and WEP and 2. my kids regularly download viruses/spyware/malware on their computers. My setup works like this: I have my broad-band connected to an older Netgear B router that is configured using WEP. My kids and PDA connect to this router wirelessly. A Linksys G Mimo router connects to one of the network ports on the Netgear router. The Linksys is configured for WPA2 for my wife's laptop to connect wirelessly and my PC is connected to one of the ports on the Linksys. This provides a firewall between my kids and my wife's laptop and my PC along with increased wireless security for my wife's laptop.
- —Guest Sterling