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Two routers on one phone line?

Discussion in 'Networking and Wireless' started by the_moose, Jan 15, 2009.

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  1. the_moose

    the_moose Newbie

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    Hi All... I really hope that this isn't a stupid question, but is it possible to have 2 routers (one wireless and one ethernet, or both wireless) on the same phone line?

    Cheers in advance for any help, Moose.
     
  2. PhoenixFx

    PhoenixFx Notebook Virtuoso

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    Yes, connect one to the modem directly (or to the phone line if the router has a built-in modem) and the other one to the first one.
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  3. the_moose

    the_moose Newbie

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    Thanks for that fella... Yes, both have internal modems.

    I know this is probably really basic to you, but to confirm I've understood it ok... I must NOT connect both to the phone line but must connect them in series with just one of them connected to the phone line?

    Cheers, Moose.
     
  4. makaveli72

    makaveli72 Eat.My.Shorts

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    To answer your question you've got it right. But click this LINK. Read all you can on that page..click all the links..it will give you a very good idea of what you want to do. Because I myself am not sure exactly what you want to do but all the info is there. BTW, DD-WRT is a third party firmware for Routers that will make it possible to do the type of setups that you want to configure.
     
  5. PhoenixFx

    PhoenixFx Notebook Virtuoso

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    Yes.

    But don't understand why you want to connect both routers if both have modems. If there was a wired router with a modem and a wireless router without a modem then I can understand why you want both, but not when both have modems..Anyways, the bottom line is you can do it :)
     
  6. the_moose

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    Thanks to you both for your help, I'll look through the links in a moment.

    Just so you know, my reasoning was... I happen to have two wireless routers with modems. I have a desktop in an attic room which at present is wirelessly connected to one of the routers, but the router has to be quite close to it for it to get sufficient signal - thick walls and floors etc in the way. I am getting a notebook for use downstairs - mainly in the kitchen so we can keep an eye on our 8 year old as he learns to use it - so the plan was to have one router upstairs connected by cable to the desktop for higher connection speed, and the notebook to be connected wirelessly to the other router which I could position downstairs.

    As the routers need to be connected together this means my plan is rubbish and I will have to look into wireless extenders or something so I can get the two units connected when they're nowhere year each over.

    I should probably have explained what I was trying to do at the start, shouldn't I? Sorry!

    Cheers again for your help anyway. Moose.
     
  7. kegobeer

    kegobeer 1 hr late but moving fast

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    Your plan is still sound. The router upstairs will be connected through one of the LAN ports to the router downstairs. As long as you disable DHCP and all security on the router upstairs, then assign it a static IP address that is outside of the DHCP range of the primary router, it will be a dumb hub/switch. I believe all of these steps are listed in the link that makaveli provided.
     
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