A few questions about home networking

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Charlie Hoffpauir, Nov 5, 2014.

  1. First, I have a couple of old routers, and I'd like to use them as
    network switches to expand my wired network a bit. I have an old
    Linksys WRT54G and an almost as old Netgear WGR614. The wireless
    spectrum is crowded in my neighborhood, so if possible I'd like to
    disable the wireless capability of one or both of these. Is this
    possible, and if so, is it safe to do so? Is it easily done?

    The reason for this is to enable wired access to the network in
    several different rooms by 2 or more devices in each room, without
    running new cable fron the main switch in my main computer room.

    And if the wireless capability can't be disabled, once the router(s)
    are set up as access points, is there any good way to simply reduce
    the range of the wireless capability? The WRT54G has removable
    antenna... any harm from simply removing them?

    And since I don't intend to use the wireless capability of them, is it
    even necessary to convert them to access points.... can I simply plug
    them in and use them as switches?

    Any suggestions appreciated.
    Charlie Hoffpauir, Nov 5, 2014
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  2. Charlie Hoffpauir

    Char Jackson Guest

    Physically connect to a LAN port on the first device and browse to its admin
    GUI. Once there, disable DHCP. If you see any routing protocols enabled,
    disable them, as well. On the WRT54G, I believe the Wireless Mode has
    settings for B, G, B&G, and None. Select None to disable the wireless

    Now you can use it as a switch, but you'll need to leave the WAN port unused
    because it's assigned to the 'other side' of the router section. If you
    really need the extra port, you can try to find 3rd party firmware, such as
    dd-wrt, that allows you to reassign the WAN port to the LAN side of the
    router section.
    Char Jackson, Nov 5, 2014
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  3. Charlie Hoffpauir

    Pat Guest

    Also note that simple switches are very inexpensive these days (not as
    inexpensive as your free old WRT54G - but less than $20 or $30). The
    newer ones support faster speeds as well. You can even buy them at
    Pat, Nov 6, 2014
  4. Yes both can be used as switches,
    and wireless can be turned off on both
    the Linksys WRT54G and all models of the Netgear WGR614
    that I have seen.
    Kirk_Von_Rockstein, Nov 6, 2014
  5. Charlie Hoffpauir

    miso Guest

    Simple as in unmanaged. I'm using some D-link "green" series. Green as in it
    doesn't power ports not being used. It auto switches so you never need a
    crossover. Operations is basically a no brainer. I never read the manual.
    Just plug and play. I have no idea how the router knows to use the DHCP
    through the switch and I really don't care to learn the fu.

    I vaguely remember somebody on this list saying you should get a switch that
    is as big as you need and then use one connection from the router to the
    switch. That is port to port speed may suffer if some local paths have to go
    though the router and the switch rather than all being on the switch.
    miso, Nov 6, 2014
  6. Charlie Hoffpauir

    Char Jackson Guest

    That's true when the router-embedded switch and the standalone switch are
    able to operate at different speeds. For example, when the embedded switch
    is 10/100 while the standalone switch is capable of 10/100/1000. If two
    Gigabit-capable PC's are connected directly to the Gigabit switch, they can
    establish a Gigabit connection between themselves. However, if one of those
    PC's is connected directly to the 10/100 switch, then the end to end
    connection will be limited to the slowest link, which is 100 megabits in
    this example.

    Upgrade everything to the same speed and you don't have to worry about where
    things are plugged in, to a certain extent, but if your switches run at
    different speeds it becomes something to carefully consider.
    Char Jackson, Nov 7, 2014
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