How to Configure a Second or Third Router to an Existing LAN

I had a need to configure standard Netgear DG834 v3 ADSL Router (Router1) and then connect a Netgear DG834N ADSL2+ Wireless Router (Router2) off of Router1’s Network Port. The reason is so that I can move the Wireless Router (Router2) further down the building to cover the area where I need the Wireless Signal. Using this method I could now easily add an additional DG834N to the LAN and put that in another part of the building.

When doing this, the easiest way to connect a Router to the existing LAN is to connect LAN port to LAN port and configure the LAN side of the downstream router as compared to the WAN side.

Router1 – LAN Side Configuration

IP: 192.168.0.1
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0

DHCP Enabled = Yes
DHCP Scope:  192.168.0.50 to 192.168.0.254

Router2 – LAN Side Configuration

IP:  192.168.0.2
Subnet Mask:  255.255.255.0
Default Gateway:  192.168.0.1

DHCP Enabled = No

Notes

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As you can see Router2 is inside of Router1’s subnet and Router2 does not issue out any DHCP addresses. The reason is so that you don’t have two routers on the same network giving out the same IP address.

With everything configured correctly, when a computer uses the Wireless network from Router2 it should get an IP address from Router1 and connect to the Internet.

If you added a second Wireless router, configure it the same as Router2 but with an IP address of 192.168.0.3 and of course a different SSID & Wireless Key.

 

 

Installing Windows 7 on my HP HDX X16-1005EA Premium Notebook PC

image So I bought this Notebook back in Feb-2009 with Vista on it. It’s been a great little machine. Not too small or either too big, since most Notebook/Laptop bags seem to have been designed for 17” machines.  Anyway I thought it was time to load Windows 7 on it. So I purchased a copy of Home Premium with the intention of loading the 64-bit version. Next I thought, let’s head to HP’s website and see what drivers, if any, they have for my Notebook and Windows 7. Well, HP and really on the ball. They’ve got a whole section with download’s for Windows 7 for my Notebook.

so about 1 hour passed and I had all my drivers and software updates needed from HP for my Notebook for Windows 7. Next I had to backup any files I had. This was easy as I already had an Iomega 250GB external HDD which I connect via USB 2.0.  At this point though I was not sure that Win7 would be able to read my Vista backups. So I just simply did Folder copies from my Notebook across to the USB drive.

Now I was ready to install Windows 7.  I inserted the Windows 7 DVD and booted up my Notebook. At the BIOS screen I made sure that I booted from the DVD Rom and not the HDD and started the installation.  Once into the configure screen I deleted the old partition and did a clean install onto the fresh disk. After about 50mins it was all installed and the system rebooted.

Once I had logged in and I then went about installing the HP drivers that I had previously downloaded. These went on without really too much of a fuss. The only thing that you have to remember is that some of the applications are going to need a reboot after they’ve been installed. I only had to reboot my Notebook about 3 or 4 times in total so not too bad. Everything works great, except the HP Assistant. I’ve still had issues making this work, but it’s not a big issue as I can check the HP website for updates manually.

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