Author Topic: How To Hook Up New Wireless Router With Existing Hard Wired One  (Read 3288 times)

Offline sandybeach

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If this should be in a different forum feel free to move it.  S ???

 Using hardwired D-link di604 router and want to add a Linksys EA-2700 wireless router. How Best to do ?

HP P4 intel 915 MB,
3.2 mghtz
2 GB  160g HD
Old xp pro working very well.
Rogers Broadband cable.

Everything I currently use is hard wired for (IMHO)
maximum security. I consider wireless less secure by design BUT... my lady has bought several wireless items such as reader, tablet, laptop(s),printer etc. so she can use them anywhere in the house. convenience kills security.

Last week she came home w/ Linksys EA-2700 wireless router which I am going to have to roll back the firmware on (cloud even scarier than wireless!). Plus will have to update (for 2nd time) the firmware on my D-Link.

I really don't understand most of the tech involved
but have to give it the old college try.

Spent a lot of time on whether wired or wireless should be first in line behind the cable modem & seems either way I'll have a wireless hole in the set up.

Sadly, she is not very careful about whose cookies etc. she lets them download/inbed (mostly commercial store,travel,discount coupons etc.).

Then I started thinking that I should clone the current MAC Addie onto the Linksys and simply unplug my D-Link from the modem and plug her linksys when she wants to go online, since we rarely, if ever, are online at the same time.

I DO NOT want to be set up a joint LAN where hers can connect to my system.

The thought being that whatever she lets in would only go to her wireless things while mine being disconnected should remain secure. The problem then is if/when she gets infected, I'll be expected to clean it up!  :h

Is this idea feasible/preferable or is there a better way?? :w1


Additional  questions are:
 how does one encrypt the connection
on the wireless....where does one get it, which is NOW considered best, does her whole laptop have to be encrypted or just the router ( I know even less about this (if thats even possible).

I love this site and mostly just lurk a couple times a week especially for news. :t

Sadly C-Net has become so loaded w/ 3rd party forced loads that my machine just grinds to a halt trying to swallow the 25-30 things they believe should be on my machine so I treat them as "read only". :m


All help appreciated as I wander along this dark path! ;)1

Sandy











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Re: How To Hook Up New Wireless Router With Existing Hard Wired One
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2014, 10:24:26 AM »
First, how many wired connections do you need? If you only need the 4, then the best way is to just get rid of the wired only router and go with the wireless. Also why would you want to roll back the firmware on the new router? Any feature that you do not want can simply be turned off. As for encryption, you need to use WPA2 personal.

Also you mention that you want to share internet connection, but to not allow the computers to be networked? If you want to do that, you may think about taking the new wireless router back and getting a Netgear Router. They have a feature called Wireless Isolation. It lets computers using the same connection to be isolated. If you want to keep the router you have, then have her use the Guest Account. Those connections are just as secure, but restricts their access to other network resources.

I have not ever setup a network such as what you are describing, but I should be able to help you set it up if you answer the questions above.

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Re: How To Hook Up New Wireless Router With Existing Hard Wired One
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2014, 03:51:25 AM »
Hi Hoov,

Thanks for your quick reply. Forgive me if I take a day or more to return. Fairly ill right now.
The reason I want to keep my wired router is that "if it ain't broke...." despite needing another firmware update to fix Joel's back door hole as described here:

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/12/03/d-link-patches-joels-backdoor-security-hole-in-its-soho-routers/

It has kept me safe & working without a hitch for years (knock on my wooden head)  :t Further  it has free lifetime tech support included.

I have NO Faith in the whole cloud story & really dislike their terms of use and the current Linksys is all golly gee aren't we wonderful to auto include you in our cloud?!! :m
I further have no faith in the hardware makers claims of isolation..example:
Rogers ISP changed our modem to a new Motorola one so they could start billing us on usage basis... & they swear that when I use the disconnect button on top, I'm absolutely 100% physically detached from the outside world. Yet when "disconnected" and I boot-up the computer, OE back door manages to access Rogers/Yahoo Mail and find and notify me that I have new mail awaiting!!!! :P :m

I've read about 6 pages of problems (of all kinds from drop out    to you name it) with current linksys models firmware seeming to frequently be touted as the source. SUPPOSEDLY A PATCH IS ON THE WAY BUT NOT YET. Hence people are even talking about using 3rd party firmware in desperation.

 Alternately they're suggesting roll back to the Linksys pre-cloud firmware  (which is comprised of 14 +separate steps) without or at least with less problems. Hmmm.... seems as one way out of the cloud game at least. Additionally her 10 day return period on the new router expired weeks ago so kinda stuck with it now.

I believe her new Linksys also has space for hardwire connections but that seems to leave me at the mercy of the wireless router.   I don't think she'll go for the guest account w/ safety restrictions on this machine. Yes she does wander in full admin mode!  :s

Thanks for your offer of set up help which I may yet need. I think I'm going to give my head another scratch or two before jumping in. Maybe even let her do it for herself :LOL  :ty  Sandy

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Re: How To Hook Up New Wireless Router With Existing Hard Wired One
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2014, 09:50:53 AM »
I am curious about the cloud software you mentioned. I have the user manual for the router and that software is not mentioned in it at all. Do you have a link to the cloud software or to any information about it.

As for the problem of computers still having connection to the internet even after you disconnect it, using wireless actually solves that issue. I have HomeFusion thru Verizon, and before getting the service I read up about it. Many people with this service complained about the same issues. But all of my computers are on wirelessly. When I am not browsing the internet, the radio in the computer gets turned off. When it is off, programs cannot turn it back on. Therefore there is no random access's of the internet.

Hooking up two routers is doable, but it all has to be done manually. To the best of my knowledge there are not automatic tools in any router that allows this. There are guides available though.

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Re: How To Hook Up New Wireless Router With Existing Hard Wired One
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2014, 06:30:10 PM »
sandybeach are you still around?

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