So hopefully someone can tell me what I need to do for this setup.

We had our house wired, and while that's been great there's been a niggling problem with our Plex server and our desktops.

Our desktops live upstairs and are connected via wired connections to the WiFi adapter. The WiFi adapter is connected via a wired connection to the ISP modem/router. Our Plex server (which also doubles as a living room computer) is connected directly to the ISP modem/router as that was the easiest configuration to achieve with the layout of our house. See below for a diagram.

Current Configuration

Unfortunately this means that our wireless devices and desktops can't see the Plex server, which means we can't manage it remotely if we're upstairs or want to push photos or other media to the server. We have to use sneakernet, which while faster is much less convenient when we typically pull pictures from devices on our desktops.

What I'd like to do is to get the Plex server into the same network group as the other machines, so that our network looks like the following.

Desired Configuration

Connecting the Plex server directly to the WiFi adapter is not an option, nor is moving everything down to the ISP modem. We need to maintain the current wiring layout, but get them all to play nicely with each other.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    The simplest method would be to have the Verizon router act as the DHCP server for the entire network. You'll need to assign a static IP to the wireless router, and may need to change it to Bridge mode, depending on the model. The root issue is that your wireless router is probably acting as its own DHCP server, and therefore all the client computers are on a different subnet and cannot see the Plex Server. – music2myear Jan 12 '18 at 17:58
  • What are the subnets of the devices? It's probably also possible to manually add a route into the Plex server. – Ross Jan 12 '18 at 23:13

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