Well, the title is what I think is happening.
This might be a little lengthy but in an attempt at full disclosure here goes…
I have a Balance one with Dual ISPs. I then extended the network with an Asus 1200G (in my home office which is hard wired back to the lounge where the Balance One is located) by creating a LAN-LAN network via the usual method i.e. increasing the secondary router’s IP (to 192.168.1.3) and disabling DHCP etc. All worked fine.
Some months later of everything working great I then decided that a further extension in the bedroom (also, but separately, hard wired back to the Balance One in the lounge) was required as I needed more wired ports to connect multiple streaming devices and a better WIFI signal. I bought another Asus 1200G and set it up with an IP of 192.168.1.7. Then the problems started!!
I did exactly the same as I did for the office but it did not work - the router (whilst emitting the new WIFI) could not connect to anything. For example, my phone would pick up the SSID of the new network but would not connect with the message ‘cannot get IP address’ or similar. My Amazon Fire TV box would not recognise that it was connected via a wired connection and the router itself showed no connection to the internet.
I then took that same router (without altering any settings) and swapped it with the one in the office. Hey presto, it worked first time! Meanwhile the router from the office that had been working perfectly from initialisation was connected in the bedroom and also would not work.
Further, I took both routers and connected them to a LAN port of the ‘Master’ router (i.e. the Balance One) in the lounge and both worked immediately. Phones connecting via WIFI and devices connecting via wire.
So, it’s pretty clear right? Both routers work as expected in the office and the lounge so…The cabling from the lounge’s Balance One to the office is good but the cabling from the lounge to the bedroom is not?
And that is why I am writing this - I am utterly confused…
I have an Amazon Fire TV box in the bedroom and if I connect it via the wired connection it works perfectly - streaming anything I ask of it (using the same cables I add). That is to the same socket in the wall that I connected the Asus router to that fails to recognise any internet.
So how is it possible that my router (with the correct settings that will work from my office or plugged via LAN into the Balance One) can’t seem to get an IP off the master router (Balance One) but the Fire TV connects/streams happily with the same wired connection? By the way, I ensured that the Fire TV was indeed connecting via the wired connection it claimed to be by changing the WIFI password and restarting it so it is definitely connecting via the same wired connection that nothing else can.
I am utterly confused! It seems impossible that the Fire TV will work but the router won’t as that indicates it can’t be the cabling. But if not the cabling then how can the slave routers work elsewhere but not in the bedroom? I desperately hope I am missing something obvious but after 4 days of head scratching I am at a loss as to where to go from here.
This is very possibly not a Balance One issue so forgive me for posting it here if that is the case but everything seems so illogical that I am wondering if there is some limitation with the B1 software that only permits one additional router and not two LAN/LANs.
If anyone can shed any light on this it would be hugely appreciated!