> One of my router ports connects to a PC (ethernnet) that is a right
> pig to run cables to. Of course I wish I'd run two cables as I now
> have a 2nd PC in said inaccesible place.
> Rather than run another cable I am wondering whether I could connect a
> 2nd router at the end of the existing cable and use 2 of *its* LAN
> ports to feed the two PCs? i.e. WAN router 1 = real IP. LAN port 1 of
> this router to WAN port of 2nd router, and ports 1 & 2 of that 2nd
> router to the PC's. My knowledge of such things is limited (!) but I
> *guess* not, as afaik the WAN side IP's are routable whereas the LAN
> sides are not (a big ? here). Maybe that doesn't matter in this case?
> I also have to admin 2 routers...
> Looking around www I see that a hub may do the job I need. As I
> understand it a hub just passes packets bi-directionally to all the
> machine connected to it. Would such a hub work?
> If so, any recommends as to a model?
> Thanks chaps.
As others have said, if you have the second router - use it. Connect one
of the remote PCs to a LAN port and turn of DHCP in the router, connect
the other PC and connect a third LAN port to the cable - job done.
The second cheapest "setup cost" method is a low cost 5 or 8 port
switch, followed fairly closely by "economisers" (which need a socket on
each end your "difficult" cable) and then by replacing the face plates
(if you have them).
"Nothing should be able to load itself onto a computer without the
knowledge or consent of the computer user. Software should also be able
to be removed from a computer easily."
Peter Cullen, Microsoft Chief Privacy Strategist (Computing 18 Aug 05)