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Problem connecting to my network

I have a dsl wireless broadband router upstairs, which is my main gateway into the house. I am also receiving TV through this connection. I have a hard wire I have run to down stairs, where my tv decoder and tv is. Everything worked great, but i had terrible wireless recption downstairs, so I purchaced a Linksys 54G wirelesss router. I hooked the wire from upstairs to the switch portion of the router. My problem is, I can surf the net only when I remove the connetion going to my tv decoder. If my tv decoder is hooked up, and streaming media to my tv, my laptop cannot connect to the downstairs switch. Did I by a router that doesn't have enough horsepower? I can not run another wire from upstairs, as this is a concrete house, and the conduit if full. Do I need to buy a more powerful router, or should I install a switch before the router. Thanks Andy

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Well, I am probably not seeing the entire picture here, but trying to figure out why you have two routers going. Sounds like you have one upstairs and one downstairs, and they are not speaking to each other, or they are cancelling each other out. And by tv decoder, I am guessing you mean a cable box.

You only need ONE router, no matter where you choose to put it. All other computers should connect via a wireless ADAPTER, like a Linksys WUSB54G.

Wherever you have your main cable coming in to the house is where you should also try to have your router hooked up. Then all others would use wireless adapaters to connect.

Here is a link to the Linksys tutorial videos. It might help to find a scenario like you want, and then see if you have anything misplaced based on their layout graphics....

http://tinyurl.com/5zzbdq

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First, you didn't say just how far away the DSL wireless modem/router is from the downstairs TV, and if wireless reception is the problem, you could have simply upgraded one or more of the antennas to improve reception. If the wireless network adaptor downstairs is a notebook unit (i.e. one of those small PCMCIA cards, or some other style that do not accept an external antenna), you might try a different adapter with a wired connection to its antenna, so that you can position the antenna for optimum reception, or even upgrade it to one with greater gain. While many wireless routers can be fitted for better antennas, relatively few wireless network adaptors offer this feature, replacing the adapter may involve some searching.

Second, you description of the wiring is a little vague, but if you have wired the output of the upstairs DSL modem/router to the switch portion of the downstairs unit, the CAT5 cable should be a "crossover" type cable rather than the usual straight-through cable (in a straight-through cable, the colored wires in the RJ45 plug at each end are wired identically; in a crossover cable, four of these are switched); AND you would need to disable the DHCP server on the downstairs router (there should be only one DHCP server on each network, and this configuration "joins" the two routers to one network); AND ensure that the two routers are assigned to different WiFi channels. An alternative might be to wire the output from the upstairs router to the input of the downstairs router with the wire you already have; that would isolate the two routers, but your two computers might not then "talk" to each other because then they would be on different network segments.

Third, you need to be certain your new Linksys 54G router is properly configured to (a) enable wireless connections, (b) accept wireless connections from the MAC address of the wireless network adapter of your downstairs computer, and (c) ensure that either WEP or WPA encryption is properly configured for both the router and network adaptor. Some wireless routers are factory-configured to enable all features without any security, while others are configured with only some features enabled, and security essentially locked down. If yours is pre-configured as the latter, you'll need to change the settings for your installation; if yours is the former, you should enable some security once you're satisfied your setup is working.

Hope this information helps.

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I believe you don't need to remove the original setup from your old router all you have to do is to change the IP address of the second router by changing the default of 192.168.0.1 into 192.168.1.1 for the LAN side.

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It sounds like you have it setup wrong.  The Decoder is built to get random information and change it into something your TV can understand.  I own a linksys Wireless-G Wusb54g, and I can tell you that they are good little gizmos.  You may have done this but make sure that it is in this order:  1.Wire to Decoder. 2.Decoder to TV (and WiFi) 
If you still have problems CALL YOUR PROVIDER!! 

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Or you could spend £10 and buy a better antenna for the original wireless router to boost the signal

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What I would do is replace the wireless router with a 4 or 5 port switch to control computers (devices) downstairs. Or, if you need wireless access, purchase only an access point to cover downstairs.

This way the wire from upstairs goes directly into the access point and you have wireless access downstairs.

And yet another way would be to purchase Airlink 101 PowerEthernet boxes ($54.99 each) and use those to connect an access point anywhere in your home that has an outlet.

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If you have not done so yet, put the Cat5E cable coming downstairs into the WAN port of the downstairs router. Make sure that the WAN/Internet light comes on. There is a small possibility you will have to get a gender changer for your Cat5E cable. Connect your TV decoder into the 4 port switch. The router should be set to get it's settings from the upstairs router.

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