[Klug-general] Messing with routers in ignorance

dan attwood danattwood at googlemail.com
Thu Dec 10 14:57:18 UTC 2009

Sounds like what you really need is a switch and not a second router

Just get a cheap switch, plug the 30m cable into that and then both pcs 
into it and you should be good to go.


On 10/12/2009 14:51, Michael E. Rentell wrote:
> Afternoon all,
> 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
> any more.
> 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.
> Didn't work!
> How do you daisy-chain routers?  I tried giving the second router a
> different IP address from its default by getting into it
> with Firefox. It seemed to accept a changed IP address
> (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.
> Questions:
> 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.
> MikeR
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