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Wired and Wireless on same Network?

By Jaytmoon ·
I have a linksys wired router Befsx41 connected to a Bb modem and 3 desktop pc's. I am trying to connect a d-link DI524 wireless router to the 4th "drop" from the linksys router to provide a cordless IP connection for a notebook. The Ip connections all work but I wish to share out the printers and files on the "wired" pc's, but the notebook can't see them. This kind of network 'rig is a bit out of my league so any help (step by step even) would be greatly appreciated.
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by Jaytmoon In reply to Wired and Wireless on sam ...

Forgot to mention, all pc's are running win xp pro or home and all named to same workgroup.

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by CG IT In reply to Wired and Wireless on sam ...

what you need is a wireless access point instead of a wireless router.

routers are used to segment networks , [akin to a security boundry]. Because you have 2 routers you have 2 networks. The laptop is connected to a different network than the desktops. return the d-link wireless router and get an access point. Should solve the problem.

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by CG IT In reply to Wired and Wireless on sam ...

first answer didn't seem to post.

in a nutshell, 2 routers = 2 networks. laptop is on a different network than the desktops. To put the laptop on the same network return the d-link wireless router and get a wireless access point.

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by softcorp.us In reply to Wired and Wireless on sam ...

Hello...

As said by CG, you have two networks: wired and wireless. You need to bridge between the two. This can be done many ways. CG suggested one: Connect a Wireless Access Point (WAP) device to your Linksys router to add wireless capability to your current Linksys box.

Your current DLink box is a broadband wired+wireless router that will do the whole thing for you in one box. That is, you can accomplish what you want without the Linksys box and without buying anything else. Your DLink box already bridges between the wired and wireless networks that it supports. It just cannot be connected to your Linksys in the way that you have already tried to do. To do it you would connect your broadband network to the DLink and your wired PCs to the DLink. You would not use the Linksys anymore.

Note: If you connect your broadband connection to your DLink instead of your Linksys, you will likely have to re-initialize your broadband connection to use the DLink box. Every device has a unique MAC (Media Access Control) address. Each NIC, router, switch etc. has a unique MAC. Internet providers use that number to identify you as a paying customer. If you connect your Dlink to the network instead of the Linksys, the MAC address will be different and the broadband network will not provide service unless you re-register the new MAC address. This was done when you first installed the Linksys. It is no big deal, but you have to do it.

Does this answer your question?

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Wired and Wireless on sam ...

can the wired pc's ping the wireless router and vice versa? what os is the laptop. if xpsp2, could it be windows firewall in the way? did you create any bridged connections trying to fix this, in the laptop, that you forgot to remove?

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by Ask the Nerd In reply to Wired and Wireless on sam ...

There is some good advice in the answers above.

And I'd personally go for the "get rid of your linksys router and use the d-link router instead since it can do exactly what you want.

BUT

Another option is to use the DI-524 from D-Link as a wireless access point only and "disable" the router portion of it.

To do this you simply turn off the DHCP feature within the DI-524 and not use the WAN port for anything. Just plug in your Ethernet cable to a LAN port on the original router and in the LAN port of the DI-524.

The trick to this is that the DI-524 and the BEFSX41 need to be on the same subnet (aka network). By default linksys routers are 192.168.1.1 and D-Link is 192.168.0.1 So change one or the other's LAN IP address to what subnet you want to use. (subnet = 192.168.0.X or 192.168.1.X) When devices are on different subnet they can't "see" each other with out extra configuration.

So if you want step-by-step;
Login to the DI-524 and DISABLE the DHCP feature. - This will make sure the DI-524 doesn't try and hand out IP addresses and fight with the BEFSX41, since the BEFSX41 is already handing out IP addresses (DHCP enabled). [by default]

Next change LAN IP address of DI-524 to match with the same subnet of the BEFsx41. (ie. probably 192.168.1.2 - This will connect your two networks together. Remember that you will now have
access the DI-524 web interface on 192.168.1.2 (whatever you set it to).

Then if the laptop is connected wirelessly to the DI-524 and the 524 is configured like above you should be able to access the Internet. Then if Internet works, you should be able to do file sharing and print sharing.

BUT to make it all easier, just like others have said, get rid of the BEFSX41 (don't forget to write down all configurations so you can enter them into the DI-524) and just use the DI-524 to handle your internet connection, DHCP, wireless, and wired network.

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by Jaytmoon In reply to

Thanks, This info is what I was hoping for. The catch with using only the di524 is that the home's insulation is foil backed (yes I know, crazy) and it drastically reduces the wireless range. The notebook is to be used in a remote part of the house, far from the wiring cluster.
Many thanks to all who answered the question- as said its all good advice.

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by Jaytmoon In reply to Wired and Wireless on sam ...

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by Jaytmoon In reply to Wired and Wireless on sam ...

The last solution was attempted but for some reason the two routers are conflicting and causing the internet connection to fail or alternate between the two. The result is untimatly a failure. I will proced with a real WAP and see if that works

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by Jaytmoon In reply to Wired and Wireless on sam ...

The last solution was attempted but for some reason the two routers are conflicting and causing the internet connection to fail or alternate between the two. The result is ultimatly a failure. I will proced with a real WAP and see if that works

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