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    Can I use two routers on one broadband connection?

    NewNet are my current broadband suppliers and I use a Netgear DG834GT router which is in my bedroom connected to my PC. It connects wirelessly to the Xbox 360 downstairs, the iMac in the study and other mobile devices (mobile phone etc).

    In the next month or two, I'm planning on switching to Orange Broadband as it works out really cheap in line with my mobile contract. When I do so, I'll be recieving a free router from them, known as the Livebox. Whilst I've heard quite a few bad things about the box itself, it could be useful to me.

    When I've got my Livebox, will I be able to use both that and my current DG834GT router at the same time? I'm thinking about having the Livebox in my room with the PC and the Netgear in the study with the iMac. The 360 could then connect to either wirelessly and they'd all need to be on the same network.

    Would that be possible or am I starting to talk sci-fi?

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    In a word, no You DG834GT is a modem/router without an ethernet WAN interface.
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    not possible.

    The netgear might have the option to turn off the router part and just be used as an access point and switch. Check the netgear site, might be something on there about it. I'm at work so i can't check my router.

    Basically, you have only have one piece of DSL hardware connected to the line and in use at a time.

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    Awww, you spoil sports! I was coming up with all sorts of marvellous concoctions and now they've all been dashed.

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    care to share? perhaps there doable somehow anyway?
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    Could you have the Livebox connected to the line, enable the wireless, have PC(s) connect wirelessly to the Livebox...

    ...and also have the Netgear connect to the Livebox (i.e. not plugged into the line), and then other PC(s) can also connect to that?

    Doing so would sort of daisy chain the reach of your wireless connection to the broadband line?

    This was a question I was wondering too, now that so many broadband providers give free modems.

    Actually, while we're thinking about this, can a Netgear router wirelessly propagate the broadband connection if plugged in to a non-wireless broadband modem (as some other providers give)?

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    Not sure if this Netgear allows it, ive just managed to get my wireless going again so im not gonna touch the control panel for a while.

    I suppose you could daisy chain it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dancingmatt View Post
    Could you have the Livebox connected to the line, enable the wireless, have PC(s) connect wirelessly to the Livebox...

    ...and also have the Netgear connect to the Livebox (i.e. not plugged into the line), and then other PC(s) can also connect to that?

    Doing so would sort of daisy chain the reach of your wireless connection to the broadband line?

    This was a question I was wondering too, now that so many broadband providers give free modems.

    Actually, while we're thinking about this, can a Netgear router wirelessly propagate the broadband connection if plugged in to a non-wireless broadband modem (as some other providers give)?

    DM

    A Netgear will, this particular one will not. You'd need a broadband router (ie one with an ethernet WAN interface) rather than an ADSL modem/router.
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    I've had a look around on my Netgear DG834GT but can't see anything that would allow me to disable the router and use it as an access point instead.

    I'm in a bit of a pickle now, I do think I'll be getting Orange broadband in about a months time. My understanding is that I'll need to use the Livebox (Orange's router) to take advantage of the free calls offer. I don't believe I'll be able to do that with my Netgear.

    Having heard generally poor reviews of the Livebox however, I'd rather stick to using my Netgear. I use wireless a lot at home and the Netgear is tried and tested, it does exactly what I want it to do.

    Daisy chaining sounds interesting though...

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    Daisy chaining isn't possible with that router. What you are trying to do is not possible. Only one modem can make use of the line at any time, it's really up to you to decide if you're going to use the VOIP functionality on the livebox - if you will you need to use the livebox, if not you could use the DG834GT.
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    Doh! In that case, I think I'll use the Livebox when I get it and just see how it goes. If it fairs well I'll stick to it, if not I'll ditch it and go back to the Netgear.

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    I have a DG834G and I'm sure I've seen a WAN menu option... wondered what it was for...

    What about with a non-wireless broadband modem, presumably I can plug that into the DG834G and make the broadband connection wireless?

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    The DG834G IS a wireless ADSL modem/router.
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