Hi, I have just bought a pair of Netgear XE103.
ADSL modem router to hub.
hub to main PC ("direct" PC) via CAT5
hub to 1st XE103 via CAT5
2nd XE103 to laptop in other room via CAT5
Plugged them in in different rooms and both PCs are now connected to the the internet.
Even if the remote laptop is off or the remote XE103 is unplugged, the PC directly connected to the router loses a lot of bandwidth (~80% speed drop). When I disconnect the 1st XE103, "direct" PC is working full speed.
Tried to connect the 1st XE103 to different places but the problem persists.
Any sugestions are appreciated.
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Re: XE103 stealing bandwidth
Just a wild guess based on your description is that your hub steps down the network to match the slowest network device on the chain, and it's seeing a device on the far end of one of your XE103's running at 10Mb or maybe even 1Mb depending on the location of the XE103 and the structural resistance of your building. Hubs generally match network speed for all ports where a router is generally port independent.
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Your Netgear router will not connect to BT Infinity directly as the built-in modem is ADSL/ADSL2+ and Fibre requires a VDSL modem as in the HomeHub5 or the BT Openreach modem. Either of these can be used with your Netgear as a subsidiary router/access point. You may now be able to get a router with a VDSL modem built in but 3 years ago it was really only available from BT and BT did not support other makes.
Hope this clarifies matters though perhaps not too helpful
This is not a trivial task but to start, I presume that your Wireless Router is connected to an ADSL or CABLE modem:
1) Make sure that you can connect to the Internet/Web directly from the ADSL/CABLE modem.
2) Once you have step 1 validated, connect your Wireless router to the ADSL/CABLE modem.
3) Ensure that you can communicate to the Wireless router and use Netgear supplied software - I suggest that you connect your PC/LAPTOP used for configuration directly via an ETHERNET cable attached to your router:
'NETGEAR's Smart Wizard™ makes the set-up of the RangeMax™ wireless router easy and hassle-free. Smart Wizard automatically detects your ISP's network settings, then walks you through each step of the installation proces'4) When the installation is finish, try connecting to the internet via the ETHENET cable on your router. If it does not work, the FIREWALL on the ADSL/CABLE MODEM may be blocking the port and needs to be opened/disabled.5) You can now concentrate in getting the WIFI working by first using an 'unsecured/no encrytion' connection by setting an appropriate SSID.6) Once setp 5 is working, you SHOULD NOW SECURE your Wifi connection by using a selected encryption (such as WEP or better) and security key. ps. you will get this 'limited access' message if anywhere in the device chains the IP addresses cannot be resolved.
You can go into one router and specifically assign it a different gateway address. I would rather have one router with one hub behind it and pay for one dsl line and max out the bandwidth from your isp. Hope this helps
Hopefully you are directly connected and not trying to use wireless. You can try building or buying a Farady Cage. This should isolate the router from the interference.. Shield cage for router Google Search
Sounds like you may need what is called a "Crossover Cable' connecting your router to your hub, or if either device has an uplink port, use it on one device to connect to normal port on other device. Here are instructions for making your own cables: