Cascades: Not Just a Pretty Mountain Range

Not being a network or IT professional I am sometimes forced to listen to people who supposedly know more than I do.� I’ve been wanting to add wireless capability to my existing wired home network.� Our current router had a lot of configuration data in it for servers operated by Agent Archangel so the plan would be to add another router to the system so we wouldn’t have to bring the crack team network offline.� The sales associate at Fry’s electronics informed me that the only way it would be possible to keep my current router would be if I purchased a wireless access point (WAP).� For those who don’t know, a WAP costs more than it’s wireless router counterpart and has much less functionality.� It’s basically a wireless router & switch only without the router & switch part.� Why anyone would pay that much for a device that does so little is beyond me.

Anyway, on a whim I decided to try it�(since I�was�pretty sure the concept should work)�and went and purchased a Linksys WRT350N Wireless-N Router.� I disabled the DHCP and gave the router a new IP address compatible with our network and then plugged one of it’s local LAN ports to one of the local LAN ports on the existing router.� Voila!� I now had a working wireless network connection.�

The magical networking term that describes what I did is “cascading routers” and you can cascade many routers together (this was all news to me).� For some reason I was only able to find this information on the Linksys support site after I knew what the term was.� I swear it wasn’t there before I knew it.

2 thoughts on “Cascades: Not Just a Pretty Mountain Range”

  1. Once again, already solved by Crack Team Agents. I know there is much joy in figuring out stuff for one’s self, especially when you can make the local Fry’s or BestBuy sales teams look like complete R-Tards in the process. However, at the DoubleDeuce lair, we have no less than 12 devices on our FIOS connection, with 3 routers (2 wireless). QED.

    I think we need a better comm system. Maybe link up our PDAs like in 24, so we can get absolutely any info in less than 3 seconds.

  2. I also asked a friend at work who’s interested in networks (and Dim Sum), and he didn’t know about this either. He thought the Fry’s guys might be right. So there are many agents of disinformation out there. We should have turned to you earlier.

    As for 24, they make it clear at every opportunity that Cisco powers all communications at CTU. Of course, you never hear Cisco getting blamed when they get hacked. And I don’t foresee an ADT or Siemens endorsement any time soon.

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