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Can I just connect two D-Link routers together or will this not work?
After a bit of apprehension, I really like the D-Link router since it was so much easier to setup - but will have to get another Lynksys if there are no options to expand.
Here is my understanding (if it's completely off base, please someone else help HyperGeek):
You need a switch, which you would then plug in to one of the ports on the router. You then plug any extra devices in to the switch.
If you have two routers, you should be able to connect them together and then turn off the routing functions on the second router. This will allow the second router to operate as a switch
I suspect this is what your Linksys was letting you do.
(Edited to make it more clear.)
(1) just connect them together, maybe the ports are autosensing. Most that I've seen are not.
(2) connect an uplink port on one to a normal port on the other.
(3) if there isn't an uplink port, then connect two normal ports together using a crossover cable.
The DI-604 model actually has a 4-port switch built in.
Routers that you get for home networks are generally a router and a switch in one box. Otherwise people would have to buy a switch as well.
So does this mean I can just plug another one up to it using one of the four ports?
Yes, and I believe it will still work even if both routers are routing. But the second one just needs to function as a switch, and you should make sure that's what it's doing. (Consult the manual, or Google, or D-Link I guess.)
It sounds like (from another post) that you just have to plug it in.
Hope we helped. I was actually just reading about this same situation recently. I'm definitely not an expert though.
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I agree with Cap.
The two routers will work but there would be (2) networks if both are functioning as a router. I have an older LinkSys but can turn of the "Gateway" aspect but leaves the router function which may work if it is the internal and if you also turn off the DHCP(dumb it down).
I don't have a D-Link but was able to configure a Belkin Wireless Router to act as an Access Point which turns it to a Hub/switch. With it acting as a router I can get outside access but not access to local network without going to the outside and then back in. Might have gotten it to work but really didn't take the time.
As said some switches/routers have AutoSensing witch allows you to connect the two without a Crossover Cable, but they are available at most computer stores or someone with the knowledge could make one.
Extra Techi info:
Crossover cable = end1(whiteOrange, Orange, WhiteGreen, Blue, WhiteBlue, Green, whiteBrown, Brown) -> end2(WhiteGreen, Green, WhiteOrange, Blue, WhiteBlue, Orange, WhiteBrown, Brown) in other words, swap Orange and Green.
Hope you can get it working.