Advice please on Daisy Chaining x3 E2000 routers

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Prototype, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. Prototype

    Prototype Networkin' Nut Member

    Can anyone assist with advice on the following set-up:

    Due to layout of house and concrete floors between levels that limit wireless networks to floor level only, I have daisy chained x3 E2000 routers as follows:

    Ground floor = Router A wired to modem and Router B (plus local floor level wireless access)
    First floor = Router B wired to XBox 360, TV for internet and Router C (plus local floor level wireless access)
    Second floor = Router C wired to PC (plus local floor level wireless access)

    At all levels everything locally is working fine (TV / PC / XBOX all have internet access etc etc)...however I cannot seem to get the PC (running as both a windows & vuze media centre) to communicate with either the TV nor the XBox (networks are not recognised?)

    Apart from suffering from network newbness, what am I doing wrong?
  2. dalexop

    dalexop Networkin' Nut Member

    Hi Prototype,

    You'll need to look at static routes between each router.
    The only way each guy recognize the other routers is with manual entries.

    Have a look in the manual for Static Routes and you should be off and running.

    Good luck.
  3. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    if the two routers behind the initial router are using NAT and Firewalls static routing wont fix everything, port forwarding will also need to be implemented.

    if you are trying to see shares on xbox/TV then you wont as most DLNA/UPNP Shares will need to be on the same IP Subnet/Range as the Router B
  4. dalexop

    dalexop Networkin' Nut Member

    Hey Toxic,
    great catch on the WAN port issue !

    Default filtering & NAT would indeed be a problem.

    Good suggestion on DLNA too.

  5. Mojonba

    Mojonba Network Guru Member

    Here's what you need to do. You only want one router to perform router duties which will be the one closest to the modem for convenience. The other two you will need to set up as access points (disabling the routing portion). How to set up as access points is easy. This link explains how. The problem with your current setup is that each router creates it own secure LAN behind it and currently you have three separate networks. You only want to have one network so that your devices can see/communicate which each other.

    Modem <---> (Wan Side) Router A (Lan Side) <---> (Lan Side) Access Pt B (Lan Side) <---> (Lan Side) Access Pt C
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