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SpeedyVV

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Hello networking folks:

I have a home network setup that has 2 WiFi Router\Switches\Gateways (not sure what is what):
  1. A 2Wire 2701HG-G Gateway provided by my ISP (Bell Sympatico)
  2. A D-Link DIR 655 that I bought

Question 1: The reason I have a second router is because I want to seperate my G and my N devices\clients. Does this make sense?

Question 2: I also wanted a fast Gigabit network for my Windows Home Server. I think this makes sense right?

So here is how my network is setup:
HomeNetwork.jpg


So everything is on 1 network: 192.168.2.0

DHCP services are provided by the 2Wire router @:192.168.2.1

I also have the Family PC (192.168.2.61),on the 2Wire Router.
The reason for this is because the Family PC is on another floor and I had could only fish Cat5 to the 2Wire Router.

Also, I am running out of ports on the D-Link Router for things that need the highest connection to the Windows Home Server.

Question 3: Why does the Family PC have problems being backed up by the Windows Home Server? It is the only one with this problem.

Question 4: Does this seem to be a good\optimal setup for my home network?

I have included the info for both routers below.

All help is appreciated.

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You have done a nice job of setting up your network.

Separating 11g and draft 11n is the right way to go. Make sure the DIR-655 is set to 20MHz channel mode and a different channel than the 2wire (1, 6, or 11).

Gigabit is a good choice for the WHS machine. Does the 2Wire also have a gigabit switch?

For Question 3, I need to know the nature of the problem with the backup.

As far as running out of ports, just uplink a gigabit switch to the DIR-655 to add ports.
 
You have done a nice job of setting up your network.

Separating 11g and draft 11n is the right way to go. Make sure the DIR-655 is set to 20MHz channel mode and a different channel than the 2wire (1, 6, or 11).

Gigabit is a good choice for the WHS machine. Does the 2Wire also have a gigabit switch?

For Question 3, I need to know the nature of the problem with the backup.

As far as running out of ports, just uplink a gigabit switch to the DIR-655 to add ports.

Thanks for the reply.

Is this a good option for the gigabit switch?

http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=494
 
Great. Thanks so much for your help.

The 2Wire router only has 100Mb, and 802.11G. That is the 1st reason why I bought the D-Link DIR 655.

While researching the nature of the backup problem, I noticed the log files mentioned something to do with the Parental Control software. I'll tinker with that to see if I can fix it.

BTW, I just noticed that you were the author of the article that I based my original setup.

Thank you very much for that great article. It saved me tons of time.

Here is the final setup plan I came up with:
 

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