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... Before I strangle myself with an ethernet cable.

I've been trying to rework the network at my house for a few days now and have not been successfull at all. Here is the way it is set up right now:

Cable comes in to house (On the left side of a duplex) -> Cable hooks to modem -> Ethernet goes from modem to D-Link DI-524 Wireless Router -> Two ports of the router are hooked physically to other computers, while 2 computers are connected wirelessly -> One of the wired computers has an ethernet coming out and hooking to another computer via a network bridge.

Now, as you can imagine, there are plenty of problems with this setup. My primary problem right now that is preventing me from even trial and error is that for some reason my computer refuses to accept a connection.

What happened was that I tried to integrate a Linksys WRT54GS in to the system at the end of one of the wired connections. Literally the only change I made was placing the Linksys where my computer used to be, and then hooking up my computer and the formerly bridged computer to the Linksys.

Somehow because of this my computer, which is running vista 32-bit, refuses to accept an internet connection. I can get it to recognize that there is a connection there, but I cannot use it. I also tried hooking the cable that was coming directly from the DI-524 in to it and it will not work.

Any help would be greatly, greatly appreciated.
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Did you set the Linksys router to NOT perform DHCP?? If you connect the network port of the D-Link to a network port on the Linksys, it will perform just like a hub.
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When I finally was able to access the router settings I changed it from gateway to router, but that was about it.

Right now I have my computer hooked directly in to the DI-524, but my computer still refuses to have anything but a Local connection. When I hook this same cable in to my sisters computer it works fine, so there must be something with my computer.

In the network and sharing center it shows my computer going to an unidentified network and then has an X across the link between the network and the internet.

I have no idea at all what needs to be done here lol
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Ok, little update.

I managed to get my computer connected by just skipping fixing any problems and reinstalling my network card drivers

Now I need to get this Linksys integrated in to the system. I can connect to it via wireless but it tells me that there is a DNS problem with it which isn't allowing it to connect to the internet. Any ideas?
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Ok, HOW do you have the Linksys router connected to the D-link?? Are you running the network ports from the D-link to the INTERNET port on the Linksys?? If so, that will NEVER work. You need to run the network port (numbered 1 - 4) from the d-link to the network port (1 - 4) on the Linksys. yes, it'll take a port, but that will turn the Linksys into a hub for connectivity. Don't connect the linksys after a system, plug that directly into one of the network ports on the d-link. If that's not possible, you need to connect them together wirelessly and set the Linksys as an access point. that might be easier said than done because normally I make sure that all the access point hardware is the same vendor/model. (Makes communication easier)

I'll keep checking this through out the evening, but I'm willing to help as much as possible. Here's a generic (very vanilla) way to wire it...

Cable modem - primary router (via internet port on router) - network port to network port on secondary router (turn off DHCP & assign different IP address than primary router, normally 192.168.X.X) - connect wireless connections to network access point with strongest signal - plug ethernet cables to computers as necessary (no ethernet should go out of the PC and INTO a router, otherwise, that PC is sharing the internet connection and causing a bottleneck!!)
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post #6 of 6
Simplest solution. Most of the Linksys rotuers will run in bridged mode. If your will, simply bridge the linksys router to the DLink. This will allow you to continue using DHCP throughout your house, full file sharing across the network, and make your network configuration free for spot changes.
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