[Klug-general] Messing with routers in ignorance
Michael E. Rentell
michael.rentell at ntlworld.com
Thu Dec 10 14:52:04 UTC 2009
I spent the whole of yesterday in an fruitless attempt to get my mate's
household network to work the way he wants. He is a recent convert to
Linux (hooray) but looked a bit glum when this didn't work.
The Virgin Media (NTL) broadband cable router is in room A and cannot be
moved. That is plugged into a Belkin wireless router (wireless not
wanted). Into that is plugged the network cable to his wife's laptop
supplied by her employer with all sorts of security on it - Windows of
course. No further work to be done on that system.
Also plugged into the back of that wireless router is a 30 metre network
cable which stretches across the stairway into Room B where my mate has
his setup - two separate desktop PCs, one with WinXP and one with Linux.
Each PC has just one network cable socket and cannot be equipped with
In order to get the two PCs in Room B to talk to each other we thought
that we could just plug each of them into a second Belkin wireless
router and put the other end of the 30 metre cable into the 'Internet'
socket i.e. daisy-chaining the two wireless routers. They both don't
want to have any truck with wireless - preferring cables.
How do you daisy-chain routers? I tried giving the second router a
different IP address from its default 192.168.2.1 by getting into it
with Firefox. It seemed to accept a changed IP address 192.168.5.1
(perhaps that was stupid) but since then it has been totally
unresponsive. Even putting it all back to WinXP and using the router's
startup CD won't reinstall the default settings.
1. Can you daisy-chain wireless routers?
2. How can I reinstate the default settings on the second (brand new!)
router to make it useful to someone?
Blind leading the blind again.
Any suggestions (excepting wild guffaws) received with much thanks.
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