I'm not a networking person (I do software as a hobby so not computer illiterate though) and the following is driving me insane. I need advice from you network gurus.
I've got a Zyxel Q1000Z DSL modem/router (master device) and Netgear WGR614v7 router (slave device). I have the modem/router connected to the phone line in the kitchen and need the slave router in the living room. If I connect them directly with ethernet LAN to LAN port I can get wireless internet from the slave, but when I use Belkin powerline adapters to get internet into the living room I can get internet on a computer by connecting to the adapter with an ethernet cable (so this would tell me the poweline things work), but I can no longer get internet from the router when it is plugged into the adapter instead of straight ethernet (actually, one windows 8 pc I have will get internet from it, but the other as well as my android phones and ChromeCast won't get internet - phones get hung up "Obtaining IP"). This is both very confusing and frustrating.
I am wondering if this has something to do with crossover, but I have tried using a crossover cable on both ends of the powerlines with no luck. Maybe the powerline adapters are uncrossing the signal no matter what I do? (None of this equipment is modern, and I'm not sure if any of it tries to fix crossover issues automatically - and I don't have money to buy new hardware if I can get the current stuff to work). But then I still don't know why one of my computers (the older one) can still pull internet wirelessly from the slave post-powerline?
Any help is greatly appreciated!