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Can I hook up my router to one of my hub's ports?

I have a Linksys BEFSR11 router hooked up to a five port hub connected to several PCs. I need to move one of the PCs and have purchased a wireless router and PCI card. However, I don't want to replace my existing router! Can I hook up the router to one of the hub's ports? How do I then configure the router and PC? I assume that I would have to disable the DHCP setting on the wireless router, but what else?

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Yes, you can connect the router to the hub. You need to disable the DHCP setting on the router so that it doesn't start leasing IP addresses. Also, you need to specify the default gateway on the router as Linksys and on the wireless PC as the wireless router. On the wireless router and wireless PC, all you need to do is to have the same network ID. Once the IP address, subnet mask and WEP key (if WEP is enabled) are matching, you should be good to go.

This was first published in January 2005

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