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    Using a wired router with Airport Extreme Base Station

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    Using a wired router with Airport Extreme Base Station
    I've had an Airport Extreme base station for some time now that's connected to the internet through my Cable Modem.

    Also connected to the Airport is a wired ethernet switch that in turn is wired to 3 computers giving them access to the internet. My printer is only connected wirelessly to the Airport but all wired computers have no problem printing on it.

    I just replaced the wired ethernet switch with a wired router instead with the lead from the Airport going into the router's Internet (WAN) port, and with the 3 computers connected to the other ports on the router (#1,2,3).

    All computers are working fine as far as being connected to the internet is concerned, but they are no longer getting through to the printer.

    How can I correct this, or do I need to go back to using a switch instead of the router.

    The literature seems to say it's okay to connect the Airport (I know it's already a wireless router) to yet another router, or to a switch or computer, but in the router case I'm not getting through to the printer as I did when using the ethernet switch.

    Thanks for your help!

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    Using a wired router with Airport Extreme Base Station
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    You now have two different subnets - and the computers are having a hard time seeing the printer, which resides on another subnet.

    Why would you replace the switch with a router? You just made your network much more complex than it needs to be.
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    Using a wired router with Airport Extreme Base Station
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    Def harder unless the new router can be set up in bridged mode so that the AE is still handling all DHCP duties.
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