Home Network Chain Help

By sprandel17
Sep 29, 2008
  1. I need help setting up a home network. Everything is set for sharing, computers are connected and everything but we run on two routers, a wireless one with 4 plug in spots, and just a normal router witrh 4 plug ins.

    Computers: Basement (plugged into wireless), Laptop (wireless laptop), Kitchen (plugged into wireless), Bedroom (plugged into non-wireless router).

    Router Config:
    Non-Wireless: Incoming signal, outputs to Bedroom and outputs to wireless router.
    Wireless: Incoming signal comes from the non-wireless as stated above, other computers use this.

    Bedroom is plugged into the non wireless because when plugged into the wireless router it loses connection every 5 minutes or so, the only computer that has this problem. Basement, Kitchen, and Laptop all have a shared folder (Z:/basement/shared) but Bedroom cannot map this folder.

    Windows XP, SP 3 except Laptop is Vista Home Basic.

    I just want to get the shared folder on Bedroom! (And maybe share printers too.)

    Anything else you guys need?
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,322   +621

    First; the wiring should look like;
    modem ---(wan)WiredRouter(lan) ----(lan)WirelessRouter
    The wireless router should have nothing in the WAN port and the DHCP service on it

    If true, the all systems will have the same three numbers when viewing /ipconfig
    eg 192.168.1.x

    The workgroup name must be the same on all systems.

    When all that is set correctly, what happens when you try to Map Z:\basement\shared?
  3. sprandel17

    sprandel17 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    So then should I also plug all of the computers into the wired router?
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,322   +621

    Not necessarily -- wired connections can go to the closest router and of course
    the wireless will just do the 'right thing' . The suggested wiring makes it APPEAR
    as if there is only one router (where DHCP IS active) and the WiFi device will act
    as if it where an Access Point / switch.
  5. sprandel17

    sprandel17 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    Okay, so currently Bedroom is plugged into wired, Kitchen and Basement are plugged into the wireless router and they are sharing a folder! However, Laptop has 0 network. No internet, no connection with the other wirless router computers
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,322   +621

    disconnect the WiFi router from everything and then wire it to any system.
    access the config page to then
    disable the DHCP.

    if necesary, you can tweek the radio settings (channel, SSID, encryption).

    save the settings.

    Now couple the WiFi back to the wired router using only LAN ports on both.
    If the system is still wired to the WiFi, you should have Internet too.
    Now you can disconnect and try the wireless.
  7. sprandel17

    sprandel17 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    Hey, I meant to tell you about 5 hours ago that I got Laptop online and once it got to the internet it found the other computers but someone ninja'd my thread so I got a little distracted and forgot, then I left the house.

    I don't exactly remember what I did but I think if I needed to I could do it again...

    Thanks for all your help!
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