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Use 2nd router for more wired ports?

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January 4, 2013 10:12:03 PM

So our extra room has the router in it. I just bought a 100 foot cat5e cable to connect my Xbox to that router with a wired connection. Can I use my old belkin router (n150 I believe) to attach that Ethernet cable to the upstream port on the router, then use the downstream ports to power my laptop desktop and Xbox? My desktop and laptop are currently wirelessly connected, and the Xbox gets its Internet from the laptop Internet sharing. Also, will this cause nat issues with my Xbox because of having double routers? I do not want to use the wireless feature on the second router though. I just want a more secure connection, and a open nat on my Xbox.

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January 4, 2013 10:38:25 PM

Yes, but it might be better if you disable DHCP in that second router and just use the downstream ports like a switch.
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January 4, 2013 10:45:33 PM

PhilFrisbie said:
Yes, but it might be better if you disable DHCP in that second router and just use the downstream ports like a switch.

Is disabling that all i need to do? And can i use all the devices at the same time or one at a time?
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January 7, 2013 6:31:21 PM

The 4 or 5 LAN ports are just connected to an internal switch, so with DHCP disabled so that it does not interfere with your other router it will act like an ordinary switch. Al the devices will work normally.
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January 7, 2013 9:42:04 PM

PhilFrisbie said:
The 4 or 5 LAN ports are just connected to an internal switch, so with DHCP disabled so that it does not interfere with your other router it will act like an ordinary switch. Al the devices will work normally.

How do I disable this without actually being online as I wont have internet access while doing this?
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January 8, 2013 5:53:41 PM

Hook up this router to one PC (with no other connection), then log into the router config screen and disable DHCP.
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