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im using a linksys wrt54g wireless router and my computer happens to be the one on wireless. having a wired connection would be superb for getting gentoo linux up and running. so my question is as follows:

would it be possible to use an RJ45 cable from one router extending out into my hallway, then connect that to another routers WAN port, then use another RJ45 cable from that router into my computer? not really sure how logical of a question this is, but i think it would work, but then again i dont really know much about networking hardware.

if it doesnt work, does anyone know of a connector that connects 2 rj45 cables together to make one long cable?

if it does work, are there any special ways about getting it to work? or will/should it just work right off the bat?


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- Flatliner


UPDATE: i had it working, but now after a reboot i can only connect locally, not the internet. i cant even access the default gateway or whatever in iexplorer. any thoughts? and if i can get it working again, any ideas on how to keep it working?
    
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Yes you can bridge as many routers as you want.
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Make sure to disable DHCP on the second router and use a crossover cable if your router isn't MDI/MDI - X capable(auto sensing).
 
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crossover cable? as i said, dont know much about networking hardware. to disable DHCP on the second router, would i just go to that routers default gateway in iexplorer and disable it there?
    
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A crossover cable is basically a rj45 just with the inside wiring different, most newer routers have auto sensing so it shouldn't be a problem for you what kind of routers do you have ? Yes you can go to your gateway and disable dhcp make sure to set the second routers ip to a static ip outside the range of the first router dhcp. Example router 1# ip range 192.168.2.1 to 192.168.2.100, set router # 2 to 192.168.2.254 or something similar.

edit: sorry overlooked the type of router.
 
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post #7 of 18
If you don't have a crossover cable handy, you can just plug the wired router into LAN1 (or w/e...) on the Linksys and that cable goes into LAN1 on the wired router.
Disable DHCP.
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On the new router in Administration page on 192.168.1.1, set it to "Router" and not "Gateway" That identifies it correctly as being a second router.
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i have a linksys wrt54g wireless/wired router and a dlink di604 router. the main one im using right now is the linksys one just because it has wireless capabilities and i cant just go about putting holes in my walls lol. fortunately my roomate is gone for a week so i can run all the cables around that i want/need. im not sure if i have any crossover cables, do they look any different or have certain writing on it? i know for sure that i have an abundance of rj-45 cables ranging from like 60 feet to 3 feet. only problem with the really big ones is that one of the ends on each are broken so they wont stay in place properly.
    
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you don't need a cross over cable, all routers these days have auto sensing ports that will do that for you. also, you might want to check out DD-WRT for your linksys, the stock firmware on them sucks.
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