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Jim McCall
2005-02-08, 15:21
I am talking about 2 wireless routers: 1 is a dlink wireless b and 1 is a
dlink wireless G. The dsl modem just has a single port that goes to the
router. The comments suggest that I could use the B router as an access
point? I really can't picture how to connect to a different router from the
G router - and then how to communicate from that different router to the
squeeze.



Jim
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>> I am not sure how this works. If you have a G router and you also have a
>> B
>> router, how do you connect them? If you want to put the squeezebox on
>> the B
>> router so the G router won't be downgraded to B speed, how does this
>> work?
>
> Are you sure you're talking about _routers_ and not access points?
> Simplest connection would be hooking both up to your main switch.
>
>> I have a dsl modem which now goes to a G router. Maybe I plug an ethernet
>> cable into one of the G ports and run it into the B router input?
>
> Use different channels. Normally channel selection is in automatic mode.
> But you should be able to change this from the AP's configuration.
>
>> Then do I have two wireless networks running - any tips on how to manage
>> them?

Marc Sherman
2005-02-08, 15:43
Jim McCall wrote:
> I am talking about 2 wireless routers: 1 is a dlink wireless b and 1 is a
> dlink wireless G. The dsl modem just has a single port that goes to the
> router. The comments suggest that I could use the B router as an access
> point? I really can't picture how to connect to a different router from the
> G router - and then how to communicate from that different router to the
> squeeze.

The simplest thing to do is to just ignore the fact that the b-router is
a router, and use it as an AP only. To do that, you'll want to run a
cable from a LAN port on the G router to a _LAN_ port on the B router --
you don't want to plug anything into the Internet port on the B router.

You'll need to configure your B router to use a different local IP than
the G router is using. Since dlinks default to 192.168.1.1, you'll want
to change the IP of the G router to something else before connecting the
B router.

In the wireless settings, make sure that the B network is using a
channel far away from the G network. IIUC, each channel overlaps with
any channel <= 4 away, so you'll want at least a difference of 5 between
the two channels. 6&11 is a probably good first choice. Also make sure
that you use different SSIDs for the two networks, and different keys
(probably a WEP key for the B network, and a WPA key for the G network).

Make sure that you disable DHCP on the B router.

- Marc

John Hernandez
2005-02-08, 16:03
Jim McCall wrote:
> I am talking about 2 wireless routers: 1 is a dlink wireless b and 1 is a
> dlink wireless G. The dsl modem just has a single port that goes to the
> router. The comments suggest that I could use the B router as an access
> point? I really can't picture how to connect to a different router from the
> G router - and then how to communicate from that different router to the
> squeeze.
>

There are many ways to make this work. Here's one of many possible
scenarios: Use the Wireless G router as your gateway (NAT) box by
connecting it's "Internet" port to the DSL box. Then disable the DHCP
server on the Wireless B router (important!) and use a LAN port (not the
"Internet" port) and a crossover cable to uplink it to a LAN port on
your Wireless G router. Connect your slimserver to any remaining LAN
port. This bypasses the "router" function of Wireless B and should
result in all your internal hosts being on a flat network. Be sure to
set "B" and "G" to non-overlapping wireless channels and distinct SSIDs,
and specify the "B" SSID for the squeeze.

Where * indicates an "Internet" or "WAN" port:

slimsrv
|
B* B1 B2 B3 B4
|
G* G1 G2 G3 G4
| |
DSL LAN host