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Steps to Setup Multiple Routers in Wireless Network

If you have a big House or Office the range of our WiFi router is not enough to cover every spot. If you are facing the same problem and searching for a solution, then you are at the right place. This article will help you to learn about How to Setup Multiple Routers. By connecting your routers, you can extend both the range and the maximum number of connections that your Internet can handle.

You can create one WiFi network with multiple access points. And you can configure two routers to use the same SSID and password.

Most of the people try to connect router to router to extend their Wifi range because WiFi repeaters slow down transfer speeds and add more latency.

Installing a router to work as the second one on a home network requires special configuration. Setup involves choosing a good location, ensuring the right physical connections, and configuring IP address settings.

Benefits of Connecting Multiple Routers

  • Creating a separate subnetwork within the home to stream video among some devices without bogging down connections to others
  • Extending the wireless range of a home network to reach dead spots
  • Networking a wired device that’s too far away from the original router
  • Upgrading a wired network to also support wireless devices

Steps to Setup Multiple Routers in Wireless Network

Router Specifications

First Router

  • 192.168.1.1
  • DHCP to use the range 192.168.1.3-192.168.1.254
  • A wireless channel like 11

Second Router

  • 192.168.1.2
  • DHCP is disabled
  • Identical wireless security setup as First Router
    • Try Wireless Channel channel 6 if the first is 11.
  • Plug hard-wire into the LAN port, not the WAN port.

How to Setup Multiple Routers

Cascading is a term used when connecting a router to another router. The main router should have an active internet connection before cascading the secondary router.

The below process will help you to learn about how to connect two routers together.

Positioning A Second Router

When setting up a new router, place it near a Windows PC or another computer that can be used for the initial configuration. Both wired and wireless routers are best configured from a computer connected via Ethernet network cable. The router can be moved to its permanent location later.

Connecting A Second Wired Router

The easiest way to connect two routers is by using Ethernet. A second (new) router which doesn’t have wireless capability must be connected to the first (existing) router via an Ethernet cable.

Plug one end of the cable into the new router’s WAN port and Plug the other end into any free port on the first router other than its WAN port.

Connecting a Second Wireless Router

  • Home wireless routers can be connected to each other via Ethernet cable the same as wired routers.
  • Connecting two home routers via wireless is also possible, but in most configurations, the second one will only be able to function as a wireless access point instead of a router.
  • The second router must be set up in client mode to utilize its full routing functionality, a mode that many home router’s don’t support.
  • Consult a specific router model’s documentation to determine whether it supports client mode and how to configure it.

Prepare to Configure

  • Insert an Ethernet cable into one of Ethernet ports in the row of adjacent ports on the back of the gateway. Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to a laptop or desktop computer to use when configuring the gateway.
  • Launch a browser and navigate to the setup screens for the router by typing the router’s default IP address, which might vary by manufacturer. For example, for a Linksys router type “http://192.168.1.1” (without quotes here and throughout) and press “Enter.”
  • Sign in to the router with the default username and password. Enter a new password when prompted to properly secure the gateway’s setup information.

If the Router is the Gateway

Follow the below steps if the router is the gateway.

Configure Gateway

  • Choose “DHCP” or “Automatic” for the WAN type unless you purchased a fixed IP address. Enter the IP address information exactly as provided by your ISP if you purchased a static address.
  • Use the gateway’s default address for the LAN address. For example, on a Linksys router, enter “192.168.1.1” for the IP address and “255.255.255.0” for the subnet mask to provide valid LAN addresses from 192.168.1.1 to 192.168.1.254. Enter a different IP address and subnet mask if you want to use something other than the default.
  • Enable the DHCP server, which will assign IP addresses to new computers that connect to the network. Select a subrange of valid LAN addresses to set aside for the DHCP server to assign. Enter this as the DHCP address range. For example, type “192.168.1.200” to “192.168.1.254” as the DHCP range.
  • Enter the address for the default gateway, which is the local address of the gateway. For example, type “192.168.1.1”.
  • Leave the two DNS server fields either blank or as zeroes if you want to use the DNS servers your ISP provides. Enter two DNS server addresses if you want to use different servers. For example, use 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220 for OpenDNS or 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 for Google Public DNS.
  • Configure the wireless settings if it’s a wireless router. Assign a name to your network and enter it into the SSID field. Set an encryption type of WPA-2 and type a wireless password that devices must use to connect to the network. Choose a specific channel or set the channel to “Auto.”
  • Save your changes. Disconnect the Ethernet cable from the laptop and the router. Insert an Ethernet cable into the WAN Ethernet port on the back of the router, which will either be set off to the side, in a different color or labeled WAN. Connect the other end of the cord to your cable or DSL modem. Power down the modem, power down the router, power on the modem, wait a minute, and then power on the router.

If the Router is not the Gateway

Configure Routers

Follow the below steps if the router is not the gateway.

  • Set the WAN connection type to “None” or “Disabled.”
  • Assign a fixed IP address and subnet mask to the router that’s valid for the LAN and not in the DHCP range. For example, type “192.168.1.2” for the local IP address and “255.255.255.0” for the subnet mask.
  • Enter the default gateway, which is the local address of the gateway. For example, type “192.168.1.1.”
  • Use the gateway’s address as the DNS server for the router, since the gateway is configured with the external DNS servers you decided to use. For example, type “192.168.1.1” as the first DNS server address and leave the other address blank.
  • Save your changes, reboot the router and log back into the router at its new address, for example, 192.168.1.2, and enter the new administrative password you assigned.
  • Disable the DHCP server. Disable the firewall and set the router type to Router instead of Gateway if that’s an option.
  • Configure the wireless settings for this router if it’s also going to function as an access point. Assign the same SSID as the gateway and type the wireless password you assigned.
  • Save your changes and reboot the router. Disconnect the Ethernet cable and reconnect it at its permanent location on the LAN.

Can I Use Two Routers on the Same Network?

Yes, you can use two (or even more than two) routers on the same network. Having a two-router network include the benefits :

Support for More Wired Devices: If your first router is the wired Ethernet kind, it supports only a limited number of connected devices. A second router provides more open Ethernet ports enabling additional computers to join the network.

Support for Mixed Wired and Wireless Network Setups: If you have a wired home network and want to also connect some Wi-Fi devices to it, installing a wireless router as the second router allows those devices to connect while allowing the rest of the network to remain on Ethernet. Conversely, a second router also helps when most clients in the home are wireless, but a few Ethernet devices in one room (like game consoles, and file sharing servers) could benefit from a wired setup.
Improved wireless reach (signal range): Adding a second wireless router to an existing Wi-Fi network can greatly extend its reach to accommodate far away devices.

Network Isolation: If you heavily use the network connection between certain computers (such as frequent large file transfers, or LAN gaming), installing those computers to run from one router keeps that network traffic from affecting the other router and all of its attached devices.

Once configured, devices connected to our WiFi network will automatically switch between routers when needed.

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