2 routers- 2 wireless zones How?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by studioboy, Jan 27, 2006.

  1. studioboy

    studioboy Network Guru Member

    First off I want to say what a great forum this is, lots of good info.

    I have 2 routers (54g v3 and 54gs v2) Currently I have 2 builings on my property and currently am using 1 router in building 1 hooked up through ethernet via cat5e to a switch in building 2 that distributes ethernet to building 2.

    What I would like to do if possible is hook up both routers together ( via cat5e) and have seperate wireless in building1 and 2 from the same internet but different routers. I guess I'm looking to create 2 wireless zones as opposed to creating 1 large zone with 2 routers.

    I would appreciate any help on this as I have done many searches but am still a little fuzzy on this.

    Thank you
  2. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Actually, what you are looking for is simple. Assuming you are looking for completely separate Wireless networks, and computers from Building 1 don't need to talk to computers from Building 2 and vice versa...

    Replace the switch in building 2 with the other wireless router. Plug the wire from Router 1 into the WAN port on Router 2. Any computers behind Router 2 now go through it to get to Router 1, then out to the Internet. Router 1 and Router 2 are now completely and utterly separate networks, with the Internet being passed freely through both routers, focused through Router 1.

    INTERNET --> (WAN) Router1 (LAN) --> (WAN) Router2

    Anyone connected directly to Router1 (wired or wireless) can talk to any other computer on Router1, and the Internet via Router1->Internet.

    Anyone connected directly to Router2 (wired or wireless) can talk to any other computer on Router2, and the Internet via Router2->Router1->Internet.
  3. studioboy

    studioboy Network Guru Member

    Thanks for your reply and sorry for my confusion but I need to transfer files from building 1 to building 2 via cat5e. With this setup does that mean I couldn't do this?

    Also does it handle ip addresses the same as it does on 1 network or are there 2 seperate ip assignments?


    Would I have to open up ports in both of the routers?
  4. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    is there any specific reason to wanting 2 seperate networks? but yes, having 2 different networks can be made to work like that. 1 wireless network would be easiest to manage and maintain i'd say
  5. studioboy

    studioboy Network Guru Member

  6. TEG-Neo

    TEG-Neo Network Guru Member

    i have one i bought not long ago, but i recently bought a second router. i have two WRT54GS V4's and im trying to do the same thing as you right now....
  7. scotkb

    scotkb Network Guru Member

    I think what you're describing is in building 1, have a wireless AP with abc for SSID and encryption. Connect the two routers together via LAN ports with the CAT5E. In building 2, set the wireless AP to a different SSID. Use different channels (maybe channel 1 for 1st and channel 11 for the other). I actually do this in my house, serving all my G clients with my WRTs and all the B clients with the Connection Point AP.

    The second router does not need the internet stuff, if you are running Thibor, disable the WAN port and DHCP. Let the first router do all the NAT and DHCP.
  8. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    The signal boosters do work but i've found they are very un reliable.

    I thought you wanted 2 seperate wireless networks "and have seperate wireless in building1 and 2 from the same internet but different routers"

    so your looking for 2 routers to make 1 large wireless LAN, just didnt understand your wording. WDS might be an answer but you have a cable running between the buildings.
  9. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    a 2nd router is cheaper than a signal booster and it does more.
    the sig booster doesn't have a lan port so if you have trouble you can't just directly connect and troubleshoot it...
    i have the same setup here, one router on one side of my house basement and another on the main floor on the other side of the house to provide 150% coverage (ouside my house too :))
    the main floor router's lan port is connected via cat-5 to the basement routers lan port. the main floor router has dhcp turned off and is bascially actiing like a wireless switch. I can roam between APs transparently.
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