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ItsJacob

trying to connect my routers togeather

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Posted · Original PosterOP

hoprfully i explain this properly but here goes
 

so ive just moved into a new house (im in australia btw if that helps) and the internet from the road comes into the house in the garage and theres a second port in there aswell that goes to the kitchen. so i have one router in the garage (tplink archer vr600) taking in the fttn connection, and ive also got a server plugged directly into that router. and then ive got the other router (tplink archer vr2800) in the kitchen currently in bridge mode. 

 

ive currently got the router in the kitchen having all the devices connected to it but my problem is that i cannot access network shares etc from the server thats connected to the router in the garage. so i guess what im wanting is the have the router in the garage to act as just a modem but also share the network ports with the router in the kitchen.

 

please let me know if you need more details or a network map or whatever

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What you really want is a switch by the sounds of things, or you have the routers connected to the wrong ports. 

 

If you switch the one in the garage to a modem, you won't be able to have the server plugged directly into it as it will need to be behind the device performing NAT and acting as a firewall. 

 

Simple solution is to replace the router in the kitchen with a switch. Other than that, you may find the router in the kitchen is performing NAT or DHCP on a different subnet, which will cause you not to be able to access the server. Is it connected via the WAN port one of the LAN ports? It should be connected via the LAN ports with NAT and DHCP disabled. 

 

I'd look into what the bridge mode on your router actually does. People tend to use "bridge" as kind of general term for many different functions.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
On 9/29/2019 at 11:40 PM, Oshino Shinobu said:

What you really want is a switch by the sounds of things, or you have the routers connected to the wrong ports. 

 

If you switch the one in the garage to a modem, you won't be able to have the server plugged directly into it as it will need to be behind the device performing NAT and acting as a firewall. 

 

Simple solution is to replace the router in the kitchen with a switch. Other than that, you may find the router in the kitchen is performing NAT or DHCP on a different subnet, which will cause you not to be able to access the server. Is it connected via the WAN port one of the LAN ports? It should be connected via the LAN ports with NAT and DHCP disabled. 

 

I'd look into what the bridge mode on your router actually does. People tend to use "bridge" as kind of general term for many different functions.

hi, sorry it took so long to get back to you. i have attached a network map to better explain it. the printer will be the only device connected to the vr600's wifi and essentially be tured off except for the printer. all other wifi devices will be connected to the vr2800. i want the vr600 to act as a modem but also share the servers over the network, becasue atm the only way i can connect to the is if i connect directly to the vr600 and cannot see it in network explorer from the vr2800. i pretty much want it all to act as one network like it would if i only had one router but have the vr2800 as the main access point. the vr2800 has the cable currently going into the wan port should i change that to just a lan port. also i dont know how to disable NAT there is no button for just NAT theres alot of differnt things listed under that NAT tab.

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On the VR2800 Just turn off dhcp, give it a static ip on the lan side that is in the same subnet as your other router (make sure that ip is not being used) then connect the cable coming from the other router into a lan port not wan. and it should work, just keep in mind that now to access the VR2800's web portal you need to use the ip that you gave it on the lan

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Posted · Original PosterOP
On 10/4/2019 at 2:23 AM, mtz_federico said:

On the VR2800 Just turn off dhcp, give it a static ip on the lan side that is in the same subnet as your other router (make sure that ip is not being used) then connect the cable coming from the other router into a lan port not wan. and it should work, just keep in mind that now to access the VR2800's web portal you need to use the ip that you gave it on the lan

sorry its taken so long to reply, i havent had time to play with the router settings since there are normally people home. i have done what you said by turning off dchp and changing the ipaddress to one above the router, and changed the cable to the lan port instead of the wan port. its all working at the moment but all my wifi devices connected to the vr2800 are showing up on the vr600 in the wired devices section. they only show up on the vr2800 after i log into the vr2800 from the device and im not sure exactually how to set up a static ip in the same subnet. also on the vr2800 it says there is no internet but its still working.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

also the device that i log into the vr2800's portal on shows up on both routers. i dont mind if all the devices show up on both but i alteast want them to show on the vr2800, and also have it show that there actually is an internet connection going to it, but its not critical if we cant do that

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also i am having one other issue, in the network tab in windows explorer, i can see all the normaly devices i usually see except other computers on the network. but when i go onto any other computer i see all the other normal devices i see and i also see the other computers on the network

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Not having internet on the router, devices showing up on the other router and as wired is all normal.

Your windows explorer issue is weird, to which router is your computer connected to?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

would setting the vr2800 as the dhcp server make all the devices show up on the vr2800. i would prefer it that way if i could but if i cant, thats okay.
all devices other than the 2 server computers i have is connected to the vr2800. just the servers are connected to the vr600

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On 10/9/2019 at 5:32 AM, ItsJacob said:

would setting the vr2800 as the dhcp server make all the devices show up on the vr2800. i would prefer it that way if i could but if i cant, thats okay.
all devices other than the 2 server computers i have is connected to the vr2800. just the servers are connected to the vr600

Yeah sure, just make sure you change the router address that dhcp on the vr2800 gives to the ip of the vr600

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