Networking question

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Subject: Networking question
Name: BH Davis
Date: 10/27/2005 3:34:44 AM (GMT-7)
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This is perhaps a bit off topic here, but I'll give it a try. The question is with regard to branching out a small home network.

I have broadband coming into a modem in my house. It connects directly to a Netgear router. From the router I have one Cat.5 run to my wifes computer in the same room, and a second Cat.5 run about 300 feet out to my office in another building. This works just fine.

However, in my office building I have a couple other computers that I use to go on line occassionally. Currently I am plugging and unplugging the cable into the different computers.

These computers are already networked through a small switch. I know I could set up Windows for internet sharing but since the small network is running cleanly I hesitate to mess with it (each computer has a distinct IP address).

So, the question is can I take the Cat.5 cable coming from the router in the house and plug it into a second router in my office building. I would then be able to run a patch cord to each of the computers in the building, creating in effect a secondary network.

I suspect this could cause IP address problems but don't know that much about it. I tried a second modem in the offic building (co-ax goes out there via a splitter) but each modem requires a specific id connection to Charter and you can only have one per account.

I hope I haven't overloaded this with too much extraneous detail.

BH Davis

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