[Solved] Home Networking Question

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[Solved] Home Networking Question

Post by jackerbes » Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:02 pm

I have home network that is used to access a Spectrum cable modem for internet access.

There are two routers, one in the basement and a second in the living room. The basement router is ethernet only and connects to the Spectrum modem and a router in the living room.

There is a computer in the basement that is also connected to the basement router by ethernet.

The living room router connects to the basement router by ethernet and also has wi-fi enabled on it.

The living room router connects to the cable box and the TV by ethernet and the wi-fi is used for a laptop, my cell phone, and anyone that I authorize to use the wi-fi by giving them the wi-fi password.

I would like to be able to see and read and write to the connected computers in the living room and basement from either computer.

The computers may occasionally be booted to Windows 7 Ultimate but are normally booted to Mint Linux 18.2 and 19.

It there a good tutorial here or somewhere that explains the details as to how to get all this connect, working together, and visible from both ends?

Jack
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Re: Home Networking Question

Post by athi » Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:31 pm

There is actually 2 different networking questions in your post.
1. How to setup a home network and enable file sharing? Link to a previous post by altair4 on simple file sharing
viewtopic.php?f=42&t=23169

2. How to use 2 routers on a home network? Link to LifeWire tutorial to setting up 2 routers on a network
https://www.lifewire.com/connect-router ... ork-818060

Sounds like the basement router is the main router in your case, since it is connected directly to your modem and the living room router is accessing the internet via the basement router. Is the basement router connected to the living room router WAN or LAN port?
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Re: Home Networking Question

Post by jackerbes » Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:28 pm

Thanks for the quick reply and explanation.
Is the basement router connected to the living room router WAN or LAN port?
I just looked at that, it is on one of the four regular ports. Nothing is on the WAN/LAN (actually labelled "Internet) port. Is that something I should change? If so, I'll bet the links you gave me will tell me... :>)

It occurs to me now that I could have given more info, here is what I have for routers and a modem:

Basement
Router - Linksys E4200V1
Firmware - DD-WRT v3.0-r29739 mega (05/19/16)
DHCP enabled

Living room - Linksys WRT610N
Firmware - DD-WRT v24-sp2 (08/12/10) mega - build 14929
DHCP disabled

Spectrum modem
ARRIS TM1602AP2

In theory the Arris modem uses a passsword of the day for settings and changes, I've never been able to find the "wireless tab" to log into the modem so it is always on the default settings.

Jack
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Re: Home Networking Question

Post by athi » Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:44 pm

jackerbes wrote:
Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:28 pm
I just looked at that, it is on one of the four regular ports. Nothing is on the WAN/LAN (actually labelled "Internet) port. Is that something I should change? If so, I'll bet the links you gave me will tell me... :>)

Jack
Not sure if any change is needed, somebody might have turn off the DHCP server on one of the router already. One of the main function of a router is DHCP server and if you have more than one DHCP server on a network, you could have IP conflict.

Can you access the control panel web page for the routers? You will need to do this to check and see if configuration need to be changed. Please post make and model of routers.
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Re: Home Networking Question

Post by jackerbes » Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:57 pm

Can you access the control panel web page for the routers?
Hi,

I just updated my previous post and then noticed your question. The basement router is the DHCP server and it is off on the upstairs router. Those have both been running for a few years and my interactions with them have been minimal.

I like DD-WRT and have always upgraded my routers to it because it tends to make all brands and models of routers have a similar interface and look. And it works well too...

Jack
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Re: Home Networking Question

Post by athi » Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:06 pm

Sounds like your hardware are all set for networking. With Windows on the network, you will be using SMB/CIFS on the Linux system and enable file sharing on the Windows system. There might be an issue if any of the Windows PC is using Homegroup as workgroup name, see this post
viewtopic.php?f=150&t=18496
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Re: Home Networking Question

Post by jackerbes » Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:24 pm

Thanks folks, I think I have all I need to get through this. I'll just have to do the work in a day or so.

I'll leave this thread open for a few more days just in case someone wants to drop another gem of knowledge on me...

Cheers,

Jack
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