Why do we need to connect two routers?
When you buy a wireless router, you will often find that your wireless signal doesn’t expand throughout your home or that your connection becomes too weak if you are too far away from your router to use it properly.
This can be a big problem, especially if you have multiple people or devices that need to use connections throughout the house.
There are many ways to solve this problem, including purchasing an extended range router or extending the Wi-Fi range.
Another way to solve this problem is to chain the two routers one after the other. This means that two routers are connected via a wired connection.
This allows you to connect to the same network with two different routers, which increases the signal strength throughout the house. This is especially useful if you have one or two old routers in the house, because that means they are worthless.
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Daisy-chaining two routers wirelessly with wires
What do you want?
- Router (optional Wi-Fi)
- Second router (optional Wi-Fi)
- Ethernet cable
It doesn’t take much hardware to chain a router in a certain order, and if you ever need to upgrade a router, it’s worth keeping the old router in case you want to use an old router in a certain order.
Step-by-step instructions for connecting your router
Connecting routers to each other is a relatively simple process.
How to make Daisy Chain Routers
This manual assumes that you have already set up a wireless network (one router) and want to connect another wireless router (the second router) to that network via wired Ethernet.
Router 2 will be the router you will use to expand your network.
It might be a good idea to restart Router 2 if you don’t know the settings.
1. First connect your computer to router 2.
2. Then connect to Router 2 and configure its settings. To do so, follow the instructions of your router or enter the router’s IP address into your web browser.
It might be a good idea to reboot router 2 if you don’t know the settings!
3. You will need to disable DHCP on Router 2. DHCP stands for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol and is a protocol that assigns an IP address to all devices on your network. This function must be disabled on the second router because the first router assigns IP addresses to devices in your network (using DHCP).
Maybe you should even do this before connecting Routers 1 and 2.
Switching off DHCP on Router 2 is a very important step. If you don’t, chances are your local network is in trouble!
4. Then you need to go to the first router and find out which subnet it uses and what IP address range it assigns in DHCP. For example 192.168.0.100 in 192.168.0.254 or 10.0.0.100 in 10.0.0.254.
Most home routers use 192.168.0.0 255.255.255.0 as a subnet. Router 1 will probably be 192.168.0.1, but it may be different.
This guide should help you identify your router’s internal IP address.
5. Once you know this, you can assign your second router a static IP address outside this range, but within the subnet of Router 1. Normally this is done in the LAN settings tab of the second router.
Make sure both routers use the same network mask. This is usually 255.255.255.0 or /24.
For example, if Router 1 uses 192.168.0.1 as its internal IP address, it may make sense to use 192.168.0.2 as the LAN IP address for Router 2. Make sure that no other device on your network uses this address.
You can do this by opening a command line (type CMD in the Start menu) and typing ping 192.168.0.2 – make sure it shows Request times out 4 times.
6. All you have to do is connect Router 2 to the LAN port of Router 1.
Perfect! You can now connect your network devices to your router 2. You must accept any configuration of Router 1 via DHCP.
You can also enable Wi-Fi on your second router. Make sure the WLAN is on a non-overlapping connection only if you know that the WLAN networks of router 1 and router 2 will overlap.
Also make sure they have the same WLAN SSID and security settings.
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7. If you need to connect to Router 2 for any reason, simply open a web browser and enter the IP address you assigned to the router in step 5. This allows you to connect to the router.
8. Now that you’re connected to a router, all you have to do is assign a password to the router, just like any other router. You can also make the desired settings there.
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And that completes our tutorial on building a chain of two wireless routers. It is a fairly simple and very useful way to extend the range of a wireless network.
You can also download our free guide to setting up wireless routers and home networks.
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