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Have D-link 704 router, can I connect the DI-524 to it also to add wireless?

Hi. I have a D-link 704 router, old, but works awesome. Can I connect the DI-524 to it and use more ports, as well as have the wireless access (please, oh, please, oh please??)?

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  • bobolee Aug 18, 2007

    I need to keep the 704 as the gateway. How do I disable the identical settings in the 524 and set it up as a client of the 704, again, please and thanks?

  • bobolee Aug 18, 2007

    Do I need to connect LAN to WAN with a crossover cable, or straight? Please?

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Hi, I have not tried it myself with DLink but with LinkSys, yes it will work. It may take a little configuration tinkering but should work. However a few notes: 1. You should only have 1 DHCP server (both have this feature); 2. You can not have 2 identical IP address; 3. I suggest you make the 524 as the gateway and the 704 as a slave; 4. In effect you will connect 1 of the LAN port of the 524 to the WAN input of the 704; 5. You have to copy the WAN settings of the 704 to the WAN settings of the 524; 6. Or if you want to retain the 704 as the gateway, disable the identical features in the 524. I suggest you treat the 524 as a client of the 704. Hope this gives you some idea and work out for you as it did with my LinkSys. Goodluck and kind regards.

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    Louie Role Aug 18, 2007

    Hi again,
    I understand that you would want to retain the 704 as the main/gateway and the 524 as the sub/client.

    Should you care to try/test >
    If you have not changed the default settings of your 704, they would be something like this (DI-704 Web Configuration, default password=admin):
    LAN IP address -
    LAN Subnet Mask -
    all other details as supplied by your ISP for static and auto for dynamic
    WAN IP Address; WAN Subnet Mask; WAN Gateway; Primary & Secondary DNS

    DHCP - Enabled
    IP Pool Starting Address 100
    IP Pool Ending Address 199
    Domain Name - as supplied by your ISP or blank

    Setting up the 704
    If you will be connecting devices/PCs to the 704, at most will be 3 since 1 will be reserved for the 524. You have to changed the:
    DHCP - Disabled
    IP Pool Starting Address _
    IP Pool Ending Address _ and

    Manually enter the 704 Networking Configuration.
    LAN IP address - (704)
    Save/Apply, Reboot 704
    and manually enter the devices/PCs Networking Configuration
    LAN IP address - (reserved for 524)
    LAN IP address - (PC1)
    LAN IP address - (PC2)
    LAN IP address - (PC3)
    LAN Subnet Mask -
    Default Gateway -
    DNS1 - same as WAN
    DNS2 - same as WAN
    Not unless you're running Virtual Servers and/or special application, better leave the NAT firewall filters, DMZ & UDP as is. Same with all other settings settings.

    Setting up the 524
    Access DI-524 Web Configuration,
    default username=admin, password=leave blank,
    set WAN Static IP Configuration
    WAN IP address - (524)
    WAN Subnet Mask -
    WAN Default Gateway -
    DNS1 - same as WAN in 704
    DNS2 - same as WAN in 704

    Leave 524 LAN Setting as is

    DHCP Server - Enable
    Starting IP Address 7 (or 11 if 7 - 10 have been used)
    Ending IP Address 100 (or as you see fit and applicable)
    Lease Time - your preference
    Apply/Save, Reboot

    Leave Advanced and all other Settings asis not unless you have Virtual Servers, special apps, or as may be needed.

    Suggest you leave WEP, WPA, MAC Filter disabled while in test;
    Past experience has taught me that WEP, WPA or any other security affects connection speed & quality. To have a semblance of security in my network, wired clients are given static IP numbers, wifi clients are screened via MAC filter, SSID Broadcast OFF. I remember also changing of the Subnet Mask of the Router group from that of the AP/Router group for security reasons.

    Manually configured devices/PCs (wired and/or wifi) connected to the 524, set LAN Static IP Configuration
    LAN IP address - (PC4)
    LAN IP address - (PC5)
    LAN IP address - (PC6)
    LAN IP address - (PC7)
    LAN Subnet Mask -
    Default Gateway -
    DNS1 - same as WAN in 704
    DNS2 - same as WAN in 704
    You can also connect a switch/hub to further increase number of wired clients and a wifi repeater to increase area of coverage

    Lots of luck with your project and pls post back results.

  • Louie  Role
    Louie Role Aug 19, 2007

    Either will work.

    Both are equipped with 10/100Mb auto-sensing Ethernet switch (MDI/MDIX), meaning you can use either a straight-through or a crossover Ethernet cable in either LAN or WAN.

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    Louie Role Aug 20, 2007

    Is there any other information that you need?

  • Louie  Role
    Louie Role Aug 20, 2007

    Is there any other information that you need?



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