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Daisy-chaining a router

By brifd1 ·
I have a router with 4 plugs. That isn't enough any longer. Can I daisy-chain this router with a second 4-plug router, or am I better off just replacing it with an 8 plug model? The second 4-plugger would be dedicated for a second floor of the house.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Daisy-chaining a router

yes, you can. it is called 'cascading' and you can cascade up to 3 switches/hubs. the connection between hubs/switches needs a different cabling wiring, called uplink or crossover.
you need to connect the second one to the first one either with a 'crossover' cable (radio shack, officemax, buy.com) or if your current 2nd switch/hub has an 'uplink' port, use that. note: on some if you use the uplink port you can't use the port right next to it.
you are looking to get a link light. then you know you have your crossover cabling correct.
so, second device has regular cable in uplink port or crossover cable in any port and that cable connects to anyport on first device.

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by CG IT In reply to Daisy-chaining a router

humm you CAN but what's the point in it? If you run out of ports on the router to support computers on the LAN get a switch and connect it to one of the LAN ports on the router. If you use a router, what you've accomplished is creating another SEPERATE LAN from the original one.

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by Armour In reply to Daisy-chaining a router

You didn?t mention what kind of router you are using. If you are talking about linksys or d-link style of routers you can add more to than as sgt_shultz mentions. When doing this there are settings in the set-up page of your router where you can change setting as a gateway or router. You will want to change the second one that is not the access point to the internet to router. You will also have to change the ip of the second router if it is the same make as you original so as they do not conflict. You can turn off DHCP on the second router allowing the main router handle that task. Finally you will want to turn of blocking wan request ect. as the second one is all ready in your LAN and not the gateway so that protection is not needed as that job is all ready being handled by the gateway As you can see there is a few steps to do if using those type of products but the low cost of them makes it more attractive to use those as there usually a sale some where going on. When using a router and configuring you are not setting up a separate LAN as the point of a router is to make the appearance of separate LAN to appear as one by routing the information by rules and tables

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