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Long story short, having an issue with my desktop losing its internet connection when playing games, that use up a lot or all of its CPU processing power. This only happens when connected to a wireless network, when I'm connected via ethernet cord, It works like a dream. What I'm curious about is I have a second wireless router, can it be set up, to work as a second AP in my office, to connect to the net? Can I set it up to act as an external wireless reciever/transmitter? And how can I do this?

Alternately if its not possible, or extremely complex, how can I set-up Internet Connection sharing, between my laptop, and desktop? I've tried sever guides and havent been able to get them to work using a crossover cable. Anyone know of a reliable one anywhere?

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What is the exact make/model of the two routers you have?

If you want to connect the two with Ethernet, use a crossover cable and bridge the connection on the machine with the wireless connection to the router.
 

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The one currently connected to the net is a Linksys WRT54G, the second we have is a DLink Airplus Extreme G.

I've tried bridging the connection that way, both machines I want to link run vista and i can't seem to be able to get it to work.
 

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Connecting two (or more) SOHO broadband routers together.

Note: The "primary" router can be an actual router, a software gateway like Microsoft Internet Connection Sharing, or a server connection that has the capability to supply more than one IP address using DHCP server capability. No changes are made to the primary "router" configuration.

Configure the IP address of the secondary router(s) to be in the same subnet as the primary router, but out of the range of the DHCP server in the primary router. For instance DHCP server addresses 192.168.0.2 through 192.168.0.100, I'd assign the secondary router 192.168.0.254 as it's IP address, 192.168.0.253 for another router, etc.

Note: Do this first, as you will have to reboot the computer to connect to the router again for the remaining changes.

Disable the DHCP server in the secondary router.

Setup the wireless section just the way you would if it was the primary router, channels, encryption, etc.

Connect from the primary router's LAN port to one of the LAN ports on the secondary router. If there is no uplink port and neither of the routers have auto-sensing ports, use a cross-over cable. Leave the WAN port unconnected!

This procedure bypasses the routing function (NAT layer) and configures the router as a switch (or wireless access point for wireless routers).

For reference, here's a link to a Typical example config using a Netgear router
 

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I need the primary and secondary routers to be unwired, and my computer to be wired into the secondary router. Can the Primary and Secondary Routers communicate wirelessly?
 

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I know the WRT54G cannot be a supplement to the main router via wireless. I used to use a WRT54G with a WRT160N as the main router, and i had to run an ethernet cable through the floor and ceiling of the floor below to connect it to that wireless router so it oculd serve as a second AP. I would check the Dlink control panel and see if there is any way to set it up as a wireless router/AP, not wired.
 

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WRT54G will be the primary router which is connected directly to the internet, I'll take a look at the Dlink control panel in the morning. what should I look for that will tell me what I found the right setting? Like what will its name be?

Thanks for the help so far y'all. Been stugglin with this for a while.
 

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I doubt that router offers wireless bridge capability, so you can't really do this.

You could swap the positions of the router, and then upgrade the WRT54G with DD-WRT 3rd party firmware, which does offer wireless bridge capability.
 

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I doubt that router offers wireless bridge capability, so you can't really do this.

You could swap the positions of the router, and then upgrade the WRT54G with DD-WRT 3rd party firmware, which does offer wireless bridge capability.
 

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mmm, I'm not really able to do that. How about the ICC option?

I've tried it once before, but couldn't get the connections to work, I could see, and access both computers, through the crossover connection, but couldn't access the net on my desktop, while hooked to my laptop (the computer with the reliable wireless connection).
 

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internet connection sharing, i've tried to follow several guides, for ICC with 2 vista comps, but none have worked, I can see, and access both computers when they are connected, but can't access the internet.

I want to use my laptop as the access point for my desktop.
 

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ICS is going to be a major kludge compared to the proper solution.



You only enable ICS (not ICC) on the computer with the Internet connection. Also, any firewalls have to allow the connection, which may be your stumbling block.

After enabling ICS the way you think it should be, please post the following from both computers.

Try these simple tests.

Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD (COMMAND for W98/WME) to open a command prompt:

In the command prompt window that opens, type type the following commands one at a time, followed by the Enter key:

NOTE: For the items below in red surrounded with < >, see comments below for the actual information content, they are value substitutions from the previous IPCONFIG command output!

IPCONFIG /ALL

NBTSTAT -n

PING <computer_IP_address>

PING <default_gateway_address>

PING <dns_servers>

PING 206.190.60.37

PING yahoo.com

Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter to copy the contents to the clipboard.
Paste the results in a message here.

<computer_IP_address> - The IP Address of your computer, obtained from the IPCONFIG command above.

<default_gateway_address> - The IP address of the Default Gateway, obtained from the IPCONFIG command above.

<dns_servers> - The IP address of the first (or only) address for DNS Servers, obtained from the IPCONFIG command above.

If you are on a machine with no network connection, use a floppy, USB disk, or a CD-RW disk to transfer a text file with the information to allow pasting it here.
 
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