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New user+3 routers=????

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by AKNeal, Oct 5, 2007.

  1. AKNeal

    AKNeal LI Guru Member

    I'm brand new to this but here is my set up(Took me 4 days of research and about 20 minutes to program and install, which I'm very proud of):

    1 WRT54G V8(WAN), DHCP on, IP: 192.168.1.1.

    1 WRT54G V1.00.9(HUB/Switch-LAN), DHCP off, IP: 192.168.1.2.

    1 BEFSR41 V3(Firmware V1.04.17)(HUB/Switch-LAN), DHCP off, IP: 192.168.1.3.

    They’re wired together through each others LAN ports. There's a very long story on why I have 3 routers, but having 3 alleviates the problems I had with only 1. The only downfall is, which anyone who is familiar with these routers and can do math already knows, 3 routers and only 8 ports are available. Not that my LAN is huge but I am running 2 computers, I have 2 Xbox 360's, and 3 regular Xbox's(HALO night), plus I am in the process of building 2 more computers, and plan on buying a Playstation 3 in the near future. I know, I know, My whole family is really big into gaming, plus I'm becoming a HUGE nerd.

    My first question is, Is there a way to run a patch cord from an active LAN port to the WAN(internet) port in my "HUB/Switch"'s(ie: Firmware, hacking, some sort of software)? And if so, How?

    Second question, is it possible to make my wireless "HUB/Switch" a wireless access point on the same wireless network as my main router? And if so, how?

    If you need more information, I'd be glad to give it to you. Just be specific and use small words. Any help with these issues would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanx!!
    -Neal
     
  2. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Yes and yes, you can go through the wan port just make sure to turn the firewalls off on the inside routers to give yourself less headaches. However using nat, depending on how you configure you game servers (more where you run them) could be troublesome as well. Turning off nat would be better for gaming but if you have never done it much harder to configure. As for getting wireless to work just leave everything connected the way it is now and make sure all your wireless ap's are on the same ssid but different channels. One other thought, if you need more ports you can always get a basic switch and plug it into one of the routers.
     
  3. AKNeal

    AKNeal LI Guru Member

    If I ran a patch cord to the WAN port, would it matter if it was straight through, or crossover?
     

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