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Add a second, ethernet hard-wired wi-fi router to a BT Hub2

From my Virgin network hub, I have a second wi-fi router (Linksys) wired by ethernet cable which is a useful range extender several meters away. I can log in to this as a separate wi-fi network (it has its own name, password).

I've now set up my BT Fastnet router, BT Hub 2. It works fine on wi-fi. But simply moving the ethernet cable into the BT Hub 2's socket (one of the 4 yellow ones) does not extend internet access to the second hub (I can log in to it as before, but no internet).

What am I doing wrong? How  can I fix this?

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Re: Add a second, ethernet hard-wired wi-fi router to a BT Hub2

@daiprich 

Please can you confirm that you are a BT Broadband customer, as you referred to Virgin Media?

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Re: Add a second, ethernet hard-wired wi-fi router to a BT Hub2

Yes - I have migrated to BT Fastnet. I now have that service and it works well, but I have not yet switched off my Virgin service. I wanted to be sure everything worked before doing so.

But I have this 2nd router problem. At the 2nd router (Linksys) I still get wi-fi internet when it is connected by ethernet cable to my Virgin hub, but it doesn't work when connected to a socket in the BT hub2. Why could that be? Some naming protocol or something?

Once I solve this, I am going to cancel Virgin. Huzzah!

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Re: Add a second, ethernet hard-wired wi-fi router to a BT Hub2

@daiprich 

What is BT Fastnet, is that a BT Business product?

Are you actually with https://fastnet.co.uk/fibre-business-broadband/

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Message 5 of 13

Re: Add a second, ethernet hard-wired wi-fi router to a BT Hub2

I think it is Fibre 100 - I get about 150 gb/s

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Re: Add a second, ethernet hard-wired wi-fi router to a BT Hub2

You need to set the IP address of the second router to an address outside of the DHCP range of the BT hub such as 192.168.1.10. It probably had an address in a different subnet when it was connected to the Virgin router.

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Re: Add a second, ethernet hard-wired wi-fi router to a BT Hub2


@daiprich wrote:

I think it is Fibre 100 - I get about 150 gb/s


You mean 100 Mbs.

The IP subnet for BT Home hubs, is different that Virgin Media, so you would have to re-configure any extenders.

BT use 192.168.1.xxx  gateway 192.168.1.254     DNS 192.168.1.254

I seem to remember that VM use 192.168.0.xxx  subnet, but I have no idea of the rest.

 

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Message 8 of 13

Re: Add a second, ethernet hard-wired wi-fi router to a BT Hub2

OK. Very helpful and thanks for getting back to me.

Um - do I do this on the BT hub, or the remote linksys?

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Re: Add a second, ethernet hard-wired wi-fi router to a BT Hub2

Thanks. I guess I'll figure it out eventually. Can you point me at a page which might give me step-by-step for this?

Also - you are right, I do mean Mbs. But I do get 150 of them. My contract is for 'Fibre 100', but the engineer explained that it is not fibre - it uses my existing copper wires to the cabinet a few hundred yards away - I think he called the service Fastnet, but I probably mis-remembered. Anyway, it is quite fast enough for me and much faster than before.

Thanks again.

Later

Dai

 

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Message 10 of 13

Re: Add a second, ethernet hard-wired wi-fi router to a BT Hub2

It needs to be done on the Linksys box, so you need to look through the user manual for your device to see how to change its IP address.

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