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    Create seperate network
    Actual setup:
    VDSL Router (Vodafone NZ) with DHCP for internal network 192.168.1.xxx . This router also provides a wireless guest network. Two Airport Extreme in Bridge mode and a "private" wireless network. Nevertheless, as all devices in the same IP range, guests can access hardwired devices (printers, home automation) in the network.
    Question: is it possible to setup one of the AE as another router with an external address 192.168.1.? and an internal network range 192.168.2.xxx and DHCP? The 2nd AE could still run in Bridge mode in the 192.168.2.xxx range.
    Any advice would be much appreciated!

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    What is the goal of trying to do that? Maybe if you tell us what you want to do we can find a less convoluted way to get there. Is your goal to block guests from the hardwired devices? If not, what?
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    yes - the goal would be to block guests from WiFi and hardwired devices in the network. Apart from printers (which are nor critical) there are also some smart home devices. Though all devices are password protect, it would just be nice if they can't be seen.

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    Does the router have a capability for a Guest network? Mine does, so I just have a guest network set up that doesn't have the devices I don't want visible in it. The router handles it all. I'm not sure how having two DHCP networks will work because when you move around the house with a WiFi device, it's going to want to connect to the strongest network signal, so you're own devices will sometimes see the devices and sometimes won't because sometimes it will be in one subnet and at other times in the other subnet. That would be frustrating, even if you could get it to work at all.
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    You are using a Class C addressing system which means the 192.168.1.X is reserved for the network address and the XXX.XXX.XXX.1 or last set of numbers identify the specific host - like a computer or router.

    When you change the 192.168.1.xxx ip address to 192.168.2.xxx you have now created a new network. To connect the two you have to bridge the two networks. You could also set up a separate router with your 192.168.2.xxx network and make that only for guest. There are routers that allow for bridging of two networks too. Lots of options but hard to advise without more information.

    Take a look at this article on networking. It is a bit complicated but it might give you some ideas.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...netting-basics

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    Hi Jake - had a look the router. Yes it has a "guest network". I activated that and it does the trick This setting creates a network in the range 192.168.2.x - all I want. Very helpful - Thanks!

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    Thanks for letting us know it worked.
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    And thanks to Jake for his solution and to Lisa for her technical explanation and linked article which I might, one day, understand.

    Ian
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    Quote Originally Posted by IWT View Post
    And thanks to Jake for his solution and to Lisa for her technical explanation and linked article which I might, one day, understand.

    Ian
    Agreed. I used to monkay around with answering network questions but not so much anymore. My eyes tend to glaze over long before I have found the solution. Most recent hardware has somewhat simplified the network setup process but if that breaks down / doesn't meets someones needs the solution can be elusive.

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    My eyes tend to glaze over long before I have found the solution.

    So that make two of us.


    But for the OP, do I dare mention enabling "Stealth Mode" on their router, if possible, but it doesn't sound like they need it now.

    Google should help with Stealth mode setup if it is needed…




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