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Two router home network problem

Two router network issue here.

Cable Modem > Linksys BEFSR41 > SMC2804WBR

My parents want the linksys to stay as is (it is wired). I want to add the SMC b/c it is wireless. The problem is, the two routers aren't playing nicely.

I have an ethernet cable attachine from Port 2 of the Linksys (wired router) to the WAN port of the SMC (wireless router).

I've rebooted the wireless SMC router and tried resetting it back to factory defaults (using reset button) but I can not get any of my computers to see it. When I am in internet explorer, I can go to and see my Linksys fine. I should be able to see my wireless router ( the same way but I CAN NOT.

I was able to log in last night to the wireless but today I can't. Last night I was messing around with the settings on the SMC. I disabled DHCP b/c from what I understand I don't want two routers handing out IP addresss. I think I accidentally hit some sort of clone feature as well. So I hope that did not screw anything up. I would assume Fac default would put everything right again though....HELP!!! : (

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Can you still connect to the Internet with the Linksys router? I suggest that you go ahead and reset the SMC router to clear up your previously configured settings. Then before reconnecting it to the linksys router, make sure that you can access its web interface via Don't disable DHCP as your computer won't be able to obtain an IP address from it automatically. Do not change other settings. Next, disconnect the ethernet cable and check if you can access the router interface wirelessly. Once done, connect SMC's WAN port to Linksys' numbered port. Make sure SMC's WAN light is on, as well as the light for the port you used on the Linksys router. Check if you can get online.

With this configuration, the linksys router is now acting like a modem, and the SMC as your router. As long as you're online when wired to the linksys, you should also be able to access the net on the SMC once you physically connect them.

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