So earlier at the beginning of the year, BestBuy had these cheap Dlink 1200 AC routers on sale for $42, normally in the $100+ range, so I thought what the hey, why not, buy one and extend my wireless AC to my room which is blocked by a corner making me lie on my left side with my iPad just to get some wifi. edit: I also wanted AC Wifi of which my old modem/router did not have.
The only problem was I thought I knew how to connect these things together since I was a retired IT/programmer guy. So I connected them together by plugging one of the 4 ethernet output from my modem into my WAN input of my new router and started to search for bridge mode in the menu.
Ok no bridge mode. So for almost half a year I had this two zone ip mode going on at my Apartment. The clouds were on the wired ethernet zone 192.168.0.197 - 199 and my Apple TV, iPhone, iPad were on the 192.168.100.10 ip wireless zone.
Two routers, two sets of ip. The problem was that I could not reference my clouds by their DNS names but thankfully I could reference them by their ip numbers. The same with my wireless laser printer of which I had to connect to Wifi before I could print.
Thus with the changeover of my 3x4TB clouds over to a single 8TB cloud, I vowed to figure this router to router connection once and for all and to put everyone back into a single ip zone.
and the answer was so simple… that it really didn’t warrant a large post like this but nevertheless it had a good backstory, so here it is…
- plug the modem ethernet cable into one of the router’s ethernet outlet instead of the WAN input, thus changing the router into a switch.
- de-activate the DHCP on the new router.
All wifi and ethernet DHCP ip will be generated from the original modem router thus unifying all the ip’s.
I hope this helps anyone that needs this information. If you need clarification, don’t hesitate to ask.
If you already knew this it is too bad you did not speak up earlier, saving me the hassles of typing up this post unfortunately this last tongue in cheek statement dragged a bunch of linked posts by Bennor that may seem related and embedded within other posts that all had to do with bad AT&T equipment, slow modem speeds and other unrelated topics. This topic is strictly on connecting two routers and/or adding AC Wifi to your network. So I’ll rephrase my last statement, if you know this already, good for you. If you have a problem with my sharing as typing up posts like this does take time both in effort and support of the post afterwards, I’ll go back to my recluse mode of which I’ve been doing for the last year and a half.
Anyways, this was on my to-do list and it wasn’t done until yesterday and I’m so glad that it was finally done.