Question How to set up Desktop and router?

TGMcCallie

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I have Nighthaws which is set up but I have a question:
I hooked my ethernet cable to the router then came of a router port to my computer. Everything is working but can I just hook the ethernet cable straight to my computer instead of the router. If I do that can I still access the router from my computer if I want to. The computer has wireless adapter card.

If I do that will my wireless and wired devices still connect to the router?
 

Eximo

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If I am reading this correctly:

Modem or whatever your internet comes in as, has an ethernet cable coming out of it. This is plugged into the router, and the desktop into the router via another cable. This is typical and keeps your desktop's traffic off the wireless.

You want to connect the desktop directly to the internet, and connect to the router wirelessly to the desktop and still have your wireless devices get internet through the router?

This won't work out of the box, you would need to bridge the connections. Every time I have attempted this with consumer equipment it fails. The wireless network is typically encrypted and the wired is not, and they can't be bridged. Now I haven't tried this in a while, so it might be doable, and the nighthawk is a fancier router than most.

This would also make your desktop an effective router and it will take processing to re-route the packets to the right places. That is what a router is designed to do, your original configuration is the correct one. Many people turn old desktops into firewalls and routers using software, but that isn't really something you want running on your computer all the time.

Is there any particular reason you want to do this? (If it is a matter of relocating the router so it has better coverage, you simply need to get different lengths of ethernet cables.)
 

digitalgriffin

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I have Nighthaws which is set up but I have a question:
I hooked my ethernet cable to the router then came of a router port to my computer. Everything is working but can I just hook the ethernet cable straight to my computer instead of the router. If I do that can I still access the router from my computer if I want to. The computer has wireless adapter card.

If I do that will my wireless and wired devices still connect to the router?
Boy this sounds familiar. The answer is "You can do it, but you don't want to."

What are you trying to accomplish by bypassing the router?
 

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