You're all probably fed up of hearing about my router by now, but anyway here's another thread about me and my router .
BEFORE I START - LET IT BE KNOWN (ALTHOUGH IT PROBABLY ALREADY IS!) THAT I HAVEN'T A CLUE. I MAY HAVE GOT THE WRONG END OF THE STICK.
Downstairs, we have 1 computer, and upstairs we have 2. We have a 2 port (1 USB and 1 ethernet) BT 205 voyager router downstairs connected to a broadband line which will be disconnected soon.
Upstairs, we have a safecom SAMR-4114 connected to another line that we're keeping. If you're confused about my setup, here's a handy diagram. At the moment, we'll have no way of both the downstairs and the upstairs computers being online at the same time when that broadband line goes. Therefore, as I see it, we have 2 choices:
1. Use 1 router downstairs, and wire 2 cat5 cables upstairs to the computers. The routers has to be downstairs as that has to be connected via USB to the computer there.
2. Use 2 routers - one upstairs and one downstairs, but with only one directly connected to the net. A wire will then connect both routers, so that all three computers can access the net at the same time.
I prefer option 2, and AFAIK, it'll work. The safecom router has a gateway thing which is what I think is needed.
So my questions are:
* Is it the gateway thing that's needed? Ie - will my router work?
* Do both routers need this gateway thing?
* which router will be directly connected to the net?
* What cable will be needed to connect the routers? I'm guessing CAT5.
* What special settings in the router(s) will be needed?
* Anything else I need to know?
Also, I know there are 2 other ways of doing this - buying either a switch or a network card, but I'd rather not if I can help it. Basically, is that possible - if now, I'll get a network card for the downstairs PC.
Thanks - I'm pretty sure that'll be the last router thread I'll be doing fo a while .