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rklamer

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Hey guys,

I've got a problem I need to work out. I'll try to explain this briefly.

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Our house has three floors (includes basement) The Comcast tech installed the cable modem upstairs when we had computers there. We moved the computers downstairs, and are using the Cat5 cables that run through the house to connect the computers in the home at their new location -- the main floor of the home.

Basically, the cable connection goes like this:

Comcast --> Cable Modem --> Basement of House (I use an old ethernet hub here to connect the Cat5 cable from the upstairs room and the Cat5 cable of the new computer room) --> Computer room

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My network works perfectly. The problem I'm having now is that we also need to get internet into another room which holds video game consoles and an extra computer. I have three things to use -- the old 5-port ethernet hub, a Netgear WPN824v3 (the main router that we feed our wireless from), and a Linksys WRT54G.

Due to cable restrictions, I have to connect both the Netgear router and the Linksys router to the hub in the basement. The Netgear router works fine this way; however, the WRT54G will not connect for any reason. I've tried both putting the Internet cable into the Uplink (WAN) port, and just putting it in one of the numbered ports... neither work.

Any suggestions on how to make this work? I'd rather not install custom firmware to my WRT54G, but if it has to be done, I guess I'll have to. Thanks for any help!

Edited by rklamer, 12 February 2010 - 10:23 PM.

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Is it possible to simply run another CAT5 cable from the "the old 5-port ethernet hub" to wherever you need it?

BTW, an "ethernet hub" can really slow things down:

http://en.wikipedia....ki/Ethernet_hub

Use a "switch" instead. For example:

http://www.newegg.co...amp;Order=PRICE


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Is it possible to simply run another CAT5 cable from the "the old 5-port ethernet hub" to wherever you need it?

BTW, an "ethernet hub" can really slow things down:

http://en.wikipedia....ki/Ethernet_hub

Use a "switch" instead. For example:

http://www.newegg.co...amp;Order=PRICE


Sadly no, as I only have one 30-foot ethernet cable to reach that second room. There's a few things that needed Internet in there.

And yeah, I wish I could get a switch. Unfortunately I had to work with what I had.


I got it all figured out, though. It was one of those things where you make a topic asking for help, then you figure it out in the next hour. I hate it when that happens! :) Turns out that the two routers sending two different MAC Addresses weren't both getting connections as Comcast only allows one MAC Address to be connected to send/receive data. I ended up switching the hub with the WPN824 and setting the WRT54G up as a switch.
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Excellent! Good to hear the problem's been solved. Thanks for posting back. :)
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