I'm trying to set up what should be a very easy small home network. It's not working and I guess it's showing me how inexperienced I am at this stuff (please keep that in mind if you might try to help). It looks like this:
If it matters, PC#1 & PC#2 are running Windows XP and PC#3 is running Vista. Right now, router #1 is a Linksys, and the "wired communications device" is a router (#2), a D-Link. My problem is getting printer #3 to work (HP LJ4050N w/network card).
The only way I can get router #2 to work is to plug the cable from router #1 into one of the 4 PC ports. If I plug it into the WAN port (on router #2) it does not work, not even the PC's work. But if I plug it into a PC port, the PC's work, but the printer doesn't.
I can plug the printer into a PC port on the router, and configure the printer to what should be a valid IP address, but it just doesn't work.
When I asked some people at work about it, they mentioned a few different things, that at the point of "wired communications device", I should be able to use a swicth or a hub. I really don't know the difference. They also mentioned that I should be able to plug into an uplink port on router#2 and it should work. However, none of the routers I have have a port labeled uplink.
Can anyone please guide me and explain what I need to do to get printer #3 to work? Also, should I be able to get into router#2 via a web browser somehow?
Sorry for the long winded description. Just trying to fully explain the situation. Thanks in advance for any help.
Joe (joemagiera at ameritech dot net)