Router as a switch

Does a DSL Router act as a basic Ethernet switch?
Basically due to the house layout and other factors etc etc we have the internet layed out as this:

Wall -> ADSL Modem Router -> powered 8 port Switch -> Pc 1 (downstairs) + Pc 2 (Upstairs)

Now i need to have it set up like this:

Wall -> ADSL Modem Router -> powered 8 port Switch -> Pc 1 + Switch (Upstairs) -> PC+others

Now could i use a wireless DSL router to replace the 2nd switch?
All hard wired. Also would it be possible to set this wireless router up as a range extender/wife hostpot without messing about with the downstairs Wireless?

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Original Poster

I ask as i may be getting a DSL router free at the end of the week.

However i would like to get this sorted beofre then and have just found a Belkin wireless G ADSL Modem Router.
Is there any way i can turn this into JUST a router/switch and get rid of the modem function entirely?

as when i plug it in as is i get diddly squat!

yeah you should be mate

should be fine as long as you can feed it from the router or the 8 port switch

the adsl one you have found won't work as it is getting the signal from the adsl modem built it. a straight DSL one will work fine as it will pick up the signal from the network input in the WAN port

it is possible to use some routers as bridges, but you'd have to do a bit of reading on this, as I haven't managed it yet and it has to be built into the router, and some have it, and others don't.

Original Poster

right thanks for the responses gents!

and damnit i was hopeful with the adsl router i have! :P
Rep for you both

I have a similar setup here and it works fine. Just ensure you turn off DHCP on the second modem router, otherwise you could get IP conflicts unless you are not using DHCP at all, then disable it on both :thumbsup:

Both of the modem routers I have are wireless, so having one at either side of the route helps out a lot with wireless signal strength. One is downstairs, one is upstairs.

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I have a similar setup here and it works fine. Just ensure you turn off … I have a similar setup here and it works fine. Just ensure you turn off DHCP on the second modem router, otherwise you could get IP conflicts unless you are not using DHCP at all, then disable it on both :thumbsup:Both of the modem routers I have are wireless, so having one at either side of the route helps out a lot with wireless signal strength. One is downstairs, one is upstairs.



ive dropped you a PM :P
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