How To Connect Two Routers On One Home Network Using A Lan Cable Stock Router Netgear/TP-Link
How to Connect One Router to Another to Expand a Network
If you want to add more computers or other devices to your home or small business network but have no available ports, try adding a second router. In addition to increasing capacity, a second router can also be placed in Wi-Fi “blackout” areas (like basements or rooms with concrete walls) to extend the wireless signal. Learn how to add a secondary router to your home or small business network.
1. Run an Ethernet cable from Router 1 to the modem.
2. Run another cable from Router 1 to your computer.
3. Enable DHCP on Router 1.
4. Disconnect Router 1 from the computer.
5. Connect Router 2 to the computer.
6. Disable DHCP on Router 2.
7. Assign an IP address to Router 2.
8. Set the SSID and passkey on Router 2 to the same as Router 1.
9. Power everything down.
10. Connect Router 1 to Router 2 and restart all devices.
Gather Your Equipment
Identify the routers with which you will be working.For the purpose of this guide, we’ll call the router that’s connected to the Internet “Router 1” and the new router “Router 2.”
Have a computer available to set up the routers.To configure routers, you’ll need a computer that can connect to them via an Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi. The operating system of the computer doesn’t matter.
- If you’ll be using Wi-Fi to connect to the routers, take note of the SSID and passkey for each router. You’ll need this information to connect to each router via Wi-Fi.
Have one Ethernet cable (also called “network cables”) available for each device.If you plan to connect computers and other devices to the network without Wi-Fi, you’ll need an Ethernet cable for each device.
- For example, you’ll need one Ethernet cable to connect Router 2 to Router 1.
- If you wanted to connect two additional computers to the network, have additional Ethernet cables available for each device (unless you plan to connect them via Wi-Fi).
Make sure you have enough power outlets available to plug in two routers, plus any additional devices.
Unplug the power from both routers.You’ll want to start wiring the network with the equipment turned off.
Set Up Router 1
Run an Ethernet cable from the WAN port of Router 1 to the WAN/Internet port of the high-speed modem.If Router 1 doubles as your high-speed modem, you can skip this step.
- The WAN port may be labeled “Internet.”
Run an Ethernet cable from one of Router 1’s LAN ports to the computer’s Ethernet port.
- If you’d prefer to connect the computer to the router wirelessly, use your router’s instructions to do so.
Turn on the modem and router.Wait a few moments for them both to come back up.
Open a web browser.You’ll need a web browser to connect to the admin interface of Router 1.
Bring up the router’s admin interface in your web browser.The web address you’ll be connecting to is Router 1’s IP address. This address is printed somewhere on Router 1.
- Here are some default IP addresses for common router brands:
- 2Wire: 192.168.1.1, 192.168.0.1, 192.168.1.254, 10.0.0.138
- Apple: 10.0.0.1
- Belkin: 192.168.1.1, 192.168.2.1, 10.0.0.2, 10.1.1.1
- Dlink: 192.168.1.1, 192.168.0.1, 192.168.0.101, 192.168.0.30, 192.168.0.50, 192.168.15.1, 192.168.254.254, 192.168.1.254, 192.168.0.10, 192.168.15.1, 10.0.0.1, 10.0.0.2, 10.1.1.1, 10.90.90.90,
- Netgear: 192.168.0.1, 192.168.0.227
- Here are some default IP addresses for common router brands:
Log in using the router admin username and password combo.These credentials, like the IP address, can be found printed on Router 1.
- If there is no username and password combination printed on your router, search the internet for “default router password for [brand name of router]”.
- If you’re using the right password but still can’t connect, reset the router to its default settings by inserting the end of a paperclip into its “reset” port.
Make sure that DHCP is enabled on Router 1.This will enable Router 1 to assign all of the IP addresses in your network.
- The DHCP settings are located in different places across different types of routers, but you’ll usually find them under “Network settings,” or “LAN settings.”
- In most cases, the DHCP server is turned on by default.
Test your network and internet connection.Visit any website (like https://www.wikihow.com) to verify that you can connect to the Internet. Make sure that the physical configuration of your network leaves room for one LAN port to be open on Router 1.
Remove the Ethernet cable between the Router 1 and the computer.Everything else can remain on and plugged in.
Set Up Router 2
Plug in Router 2 and turn it on.Now you’ll configure Router 2 as a second router on the same subnet. This means all devices on the network will be able to access each other.
Run an Ethernet cable from the LAN port on Router 2 to the computer.
Open the router’s admin interface in a web browser.Just as when you logged into Router 1 as an administrator, you’ll need to do this to Router 2. Log in to the router’s admin interface using your credentials. Check and see what the IP is; most routers default to 192.168.0.1, 192.168.1.1, or 10.0.0.1.
Disable DHCP on Router 2.You are already using Router 1 to assign IP addresses. Locate the DHCP settings (as you did earlier for Router 1) and switch the DHCP server to “Off.”
Assign a new IP address to Router 2.As of now, there’s a good possibility that Routers 1 and 2 have the same default IP address. That needs to change.
- Find the area in the router admin website called “LAN” or “Local Network.” There should be a blank that contains the current IP address (the one you connected to in your web browser).
- Type a new IP address in place of the existing one. The new address must be on the same subnet as Router 1, meaning the first three sets of numbers (out of four) in the IP address must be the same as Router 1. It also can’t be an IP currently assigned to another device.
- If Router 1’s IP address is 192.168.0.1, for example, Router 2 can be 192.168.0.100. Since the computer is the only other device on the network, there’s little risk for an IP address conflict.
Configure Router 2's Wi-Fi name and passkey to be identical to Router 1.If Router 2 is not a wireless router, don’t worry about this part. If it is, assign it the same SSID (the name of the Wi-Fi access point) and passkey as Router 1.
- You should find these settings under a menu called something like “Wireless” or “Wi-Fi setup.”
- If you’re unsure of Router 1’s SSID and passkey, it should be printed on the device.
Bring Your Network Online
Disconnect the power from Router 2.Now that Router 2’s all set up, it’s a good idea to give it a restart—though, for now, leave the power unplugged instead of turning it right back on.
Connect an Ethernet cable from a LAN port on Router 1 to the first LAN port on Router 2.Make sure you’re not plugging it into the WAN port (they look similar).
Plug Router 2 back in and turn it on.When the router comes back up, it will have the IP address you configured. As long as Router 1 has Internet access, Router 2 will now also be online.
Restart the computer that’s connected to Router 2.
Connect other computers and devices wirelessly, or via Ethernet cables to open LAN ports on either router.Router 1’s DHCP server will automatically assign each device its own IP address in the same subnet. Enjoy your expanded network!
QuestionCould you please tell me how to connect two wireless router wirelessly?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTo do this, you'll need two routers that are capable of wireless bridging. Most consumer routers don't have these functions by default and will require you to upgrade the firmware. Look up information on "wireless bridging" and see if that fits what you're looking to do.Thanks!
QuestionWhat happens if I set up a second router with same SSID and password as the first?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerUsing the same SSID and password allows your connected devices to pass from one wireless access point to the next without having to connect to another network. It also keeps the device from switching between different wireless networks if you have similar signal strength from both access points, as your device will try to connect to the strongest possible network signal.Thanks!
QuestionCan network expanding cause my internet to be slow?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerOf course. The more connections and traffic you have to a single outbound connection, the slower it gets. For home use this would only matter if you were downloading large files.Thanks!
QuestionIs it possible to set up the second router on this configuration as the DHCP server if it has no default gateway field in the DHCP settings?James KirkCommunity AnswerIn principle, yes, but it's not recommended. You must first restrict the IP ranges of both of the routers involved to prevent conflicts, for instance; ROUTER 1: IP range 192.168.1.1 - 192.168.1.150 ROUTER 2: IP range 192.168.1.151 - 192.168.1.255Thanks!
QuestionHow can I find out whether another router is connected to my WiFi?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAnother router can't just "connect" to your WiFi. It would have to be configured with the same SSID and be added to your existing router as part of the network.Thanks!
QuestionAfter I configured the slave router, connected by ethernet cable, the slave router took most of the power and the devices connected to the other three ports on the primary router slowed down or failed. How do I make this work properly?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThere is something wrong with one of your devices, most likely the slave router. There should be no drop in power anywhere. If you mean a drop in speed, this will only happen if your slave router has a lot of traffic going through it. Check what devices are connected to it (is your WiFi secure, or is someone using your internet for free?).Thanks!
QuestionCan I use a WiFi antenna to connect to an existing router?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can, but such antennas don't always extend the network as far as they claim.Thanks!
QuestionCan I use more than 2 access points, and can they be daisy chained?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, as long as you follow the steps above, but replace the steps for router 1 to router 2 and router 2 to router 3 and so on. Keep in mind the speeds will slow down with each router you add. It would be better if you could hook router 3 to router 1, but if the distance makes that an issue, the daisy chain is the way to go.Thanks!
QuestionWhat security concerns do you have for the wireless network?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt's possible for wireless keys to be cracked. It's also possible that a user on your network can contract a worm or other malware and pass it along to other systems. Also, individual security risks exist for each of the computers on the network--if a computer has public file sharing turned on, for example, any computer connected to the wireless network can access that user's files.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I connect my PC to the router?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThanks!
How do I know if the second router is working?
When I have used wifi extenders, I get more range, but the wifi speed is reduced to approx 1/4 of the original. Can a second rerouted be added (not connected via Ethernet) to solve this problem?
Can I add a WiFi router to a network for nothing but WiFi, or must it also be a server?
Can I add a router to my company's network if I can't access the existing router's setup page but only want to provide access to an intranet page?
Can I use an ethernet hub or do the 2 routers have to be connected directly?
- Don't be afraid to ask for help. There are many helpful forums out there, and there are networking professionals for hire in your area.
- Write down the IP address of your modem, routers, and all the computers connected. This will help you troubleshoot any connection problems that you are having.
- For additional security, look into getting a third (NAT) router. If you add a third router (router 3), run an Ethernet cable from its WAN port to a LAN port on either Router 1 or 2. Then, enable DHCP on Router 2 and assign it to a different subnet than the rest of your network.
- If you allow guests to access your Wi-Fi network, they may easily gain access to files on any computer that’s connected.
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