Windows XP forum: Using a Router As A Switch To Extend My Verizon Wired Ports

by: zunebuggy July 9, 2011 8:30 PM PDT

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Using a Router As A Switch To Extend My Verizon Wired Ports

by zunebuggy - 7/9/11 8:30 PM

I have Verizon FIOS broadband for my Internet that uses an Actiontec MI424-WR wifi router (provided by Verizon). I also use a LinkSys BEFSR41 wired router as a switch to extend the wired ports beyond the 4 ports that the Actiontec provides. When I had it connected, two laptops that we have in our house running Windows 7 would not connect wirelessly. A Verizon tech came out to troubleshoot the issue and found that if the LinkSys BEFSR41 was disconnected from the Verizon router, the Windows 7 laptops could connect. He reconnected the LinkSys and the problem returned. The problem is I still want to use the LinkSys but do not know how to configure it so it does not interfere with the Verizon wireless. Someone at my work said I may have to try to set the LinkSys up with a different Gateway and/or set it to use a higher set of IPs like xxx.xxx.xxx.100 - 200 so it does not interfere with the lower IP range. How can I configure this?

Thank you,
Joe

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