2 Nat Routers

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by Jack Ouzzi, May 21, 2006.

  1. Jack Ouzzi

    Jack Ouzzi Guest

    I have 3 desktops and a laptop all connected through a Belkin Wireless
    Modem Router (2 wired - 2 wireless) I have been 'given' another ADSL
    Modem Router with 4 wired ports.

    Just want to experiment really and connect the 2 together to create an
    alleged 'semi secure' and 'highly secure' network. Read a few articles
    but cant quite anderstand the concept of 'wiring' the 2 together.
    Disable DCHP on the 2nd router and connect via lan port to lan port? or
    do I need a RJ11 to RJ45 cable ..... or am I way wide of the mark?
    Jack Ouzzi, May 21, 2006
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    Alex Fraser Guest

    If you connect LAN port to LAN port, you'll gain two LAN ports. This is
    functionally equivalent to connecting a four port switch to the first router
    (ie you are using the second router as a switch); you still have just one

    You can't (well, it doesn't make sense and may cause damage to) connect the
    second router's ADSL port to a LAN port on the first. Just like you can't
    connect a dial-up modem or ordinary telephone.

    Alex Fraser, May 21, 2006
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    Geoff Lane Guest

    I think the second NAT router needs to be of the Cable type (DSL) as
    an ADSL router needs a phone line for the incoming traffic.

    Have a read of Steve Gibson's excellent site at
    and go to the article on NAT Routers as Firewalls near the bottom of
    the page (Episode #3 | 01 Sep 2005 | 25 min).

    Either listen to the podcast of download the PDF file.

    For a quicker read try www.grc.com/nat/nat.htm

    Geoff Lane
    Geoff Lane, May 21, 2006
  4. Jack Ouzzi

    Jack Ouzzi Guest

    Many thanks Geoff. The excellent article above prompted my question
    ..... I can't understand the 'electrical connection' paragraph!!

    BTW the podcasts are the dogs dangly bits ..... such an enthusiastic
    Jack Ouzzi, May 22, 2006
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