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    New network with Win8


    Iím pretty new at networking (and brand new to windows 8)and looking for a little advice. My question is simply, does anyone see anyproblems with this configuration, or have any suggestions? Here is what I planon installing:

    • Linksys x2000 wireless ADSL router/modem (I want to use itfor the modem, but I choose a combo so it could also serve as a backup router if the other one goes down)
    • Linksys EA6200 SMART WiFi router (I intend to use this forthe primary network)
    • WD Mybook live 3TB personal cloud (I want to set it up for allcomputers on the network to auto-backup)
    • 2 Vista laptops, 2 Win7 laptops, 3 Win8 laptops

    For a little background, there are four people in myhousehold. We have old laptops, and a wireless network with old, very basicmodem/router that are showing signs of failing. It was set up for casual useseveral years ago, but now 3 members of the house are telecommuting. We had toorder new Win8 laptops for work, but we want to keep using our old ones assecondary computers. There is also a smartphone in the house now, and willprobably be 4 of them soon. I know our network equipment is old, slow, andlacking backup so I decided it was a good time to overhaul it and get newer,faster, network equipment that will hopefully be more reliable.
    The router, modem, Mybook, and Win8 laptops were ordered thesame day, so Iím hoping to get everything set up at the same time. I want to doit that way because our current router (zone alarm) is cranky about adding newcomputers, so I donít want to go through adding 3 of them and have to do it allover with a new network. Also, since these are for work, I want to set upauto-backup with them from the get-go. The problem is, due to varying work schedulesour internet is in demand 7 days a week. Weíve arranged to take a day off whileI set all of this up, but I have to have it up and running by the next day. Thatíswhy Iím gathering as much info as I can before I start. Any input that anyonehas is greatly appreciated!

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    In this type of network it's usually best to let the modem/router combo handle the DHCP assignments. You would also want to turn off DHCP on the secondary router,this will put both routers into the same subnet using the same default gateway etc.

    You should be able to see the IP of the second router on the DHCP list on the modem/router. Then just use that IP to access the second router so you can set it up as an access point.

    If the modem/router also has wireless then you have two wireless access points which tends to cover a house better depending on placement of the A/P's.
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    Checking all the specs for the hardware, it looks more than capable of handling what you need network wise....

    2 ways of doing this either make the X2000 work in to modem ONLY mode if possible and let the router handle the DHCP.

    OR

    Make sure the DHCP server is OFF in the EA6200 and just route everything to the X2000's IP address and let it handle the DHCP.


    I went the first route with my setup and it works fine , the modem/wifi router is just sitting there as dumb modem and my wifi router is doing all the donkey work of controlling/routing the network packets , assigning IP addresses and serving as a DLNA server for the attached external USB 3 drive enclosure.

    Having more than one DHCP server working in a network will give you a LOT of headaches.

    I'm sure you'll manage fine

    Just a quick note,....if you ARE thinking of plugging something into the LAN ports , the X2000 only has 100mbit not gigabit ports also the X2000 doesn't include IvP6 , I'm assuming you don't need that and you'll plug anything into the router anyway instead of the modem.
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    Thanks for the fast replies!
    I'll be sure to turn off DHCP on one of them. I don't know how to do that, but I assume that will be in the router instructions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustLearning View Post
    Thanks for the fast replies!
    I'll be sure to turn off DHCP on one of them. I don't know how to do that, but I assume that will be in the router instructions.
    Both have a checkbox option to disable the DHCP in their web menus according to the manuals , so it should be easy...

    One more thing , try not to use the X2000's setup disk if possible...it's known to cause 'issues' by leaving a few silly security holes in the settings it applies according to various review websites , connect to the modem and set it up using the web interface if you can.
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    Thanks!!! I'm trying to be extra careful with security, especially since there is company info on our computers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wullail View Post
    Checking all the specs for the hardware, it looks more than capable of handling what you need network wise....

    2 ways of doing this either make the X2000 work in to modem ONLY mode if possible and let the router handle the DHCP.

    OR

    Make sure the DHCP server is OFF in the EA6200 and just route everything to the X2000's IP address and let it handle the DHCP.
    Would either way be more secure/faster/more stable etc.?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustLearning View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Wullail View Post
    Checking all the specs for the hardware, it looks more than capable of handling what you need network wise....

    2 ways of doing this either make the X2000 work in to modem ONLY mode if possible and let the router handle the DHCP.

    OR

    Make sure the DHCP server is OFF in the EA6200 and just route everything to the X2000's IP address and let it handle the DHCP.
    Would either way be more secure/faster/more stable etc.?
    It's up to you , I tend to follow the adage of 'simpler is better' when deciding how to setup home networks , thats why I generally let the WAN facing modem do what it's good at , handling the stuff going in/out of the WAN and leave the LAN side stuff (routing/DHCP etc) to the router.
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    Without IPv6 you won't be able to set up a Homegroup and 100Mb LAN is so ten years ago, you could definitely do better with a regular modem and Gb LAN wireless router, one that can handle at least 300Mbps wireless and has IPv6, which most any decent router made in the last ten years should have.

    Homegroups come in very handy for security as it creates a security gate between the Workgroup and Homegroup machines.

    Most anyone joining your network will have access to all shared files unless you have a Homegroup set up. Homegroup is like having a Domain within a Workgroup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Without IPv6 you won't be able to set up a Homegroup and 100Mb LAN is so ten years ago, you could definitely do better with a regular modem and Gb LAN wireless router, one that can handle at least 300Mbps wireless and has IPv6, which most any decent router made in the last ten years should have.

    Homegroups come in very handy for security as it creates a security gate between the Workgroup and Homegroup machines.

    Most anyone joining your network will have access to all shared files unless you have a Homegroup set up. Homegroup is like having a Domain within a Workgroup.
    The router sitting behind his modem has IPv6 and 4 gigbit LAN ports...so he should be covered homegroup wise.
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