How To Connect A Second Router To A Network?

If you’re wondering how to connect a second router to a network, then there is a way to do it, and the section below explains the same.

Usually, there are two methods to connect two routers on over a same network.

  • 1. Wired
  • 2. Wireless

The section below explains how to connect a second router to the existing router using an Ethernet cable.

Before you start this process,

  • Step 1:Decide the primary and the secondary router first.
  • Step 1:Make sure to place both the routers closer to your computer.
  • Step 1:Select the connection type for the secondary router --- LAN-to-LAN or LAN-to-WAN.

CONNECTING A SECOND ROUTER TO A NETWORK OVER A WIRED CONNECTION

Step 1: Configure The Primary Router

  • Step 1:First, connect your primary router to your computer using an Ethernet cable. 
  • Step 2:Next, go to its web access page. 
  • Step 3:You need to change the DHCP settings of your primary router’s web access page if you have selected the LAN-to-WAN network type. 
  • Step 4:Set the DHCP to provide addresses between 192.168.1.2 and 192.168.1.50
  • Step 5:Save the changes and log out of the router’s web access page.
  • Step 6:Make sure to disconnect your computer from the primary router’s network. Follow the remaining steps to know how to connect a second router to a network.

Step 2: Configure The Secondary Router

  • Step 1:Now, connect your secondary router to the computer.
  • Step 2:Sign in to the secondary router’s web access page from your computer’s web browser.
  • Step 3:LAN-to-LAN: For this type of setup, you need to modify the router’s IP address to match that of the primary router. At the same time, make sure to increase the second-to-last digit by one. For example, consider your primary router’s IP address is 192.168.1.1, then change the IP address of the secondary router as 192.168.2.1.
  • Step 4:LAN-to-WAN: Set the router’s IP address to 192.168.1.51.

Step 3: Setting Up The DHCP Option On Your Secondary Router

  • Step 1:For LAN-to-LAN: It is better to disable the DHCP option.
  • Step 2:For LAN-to-WAN: Set the DHCP address between 192.168.2.2 and 192.168.2.50.

Step 4: Modify The Wireless Channels

If both the routers support the wireless option, you need to manually change the router’s channels. Make sure to change the channels correctly so that they don’t interfere. Set the primary router’s channel between 1 and 6 and set the secondary router’s channel as 11.

Step 5: Connect Both The Router’s

  • Step 1:Now, save the modified changes and disconnect both the router’s from your computer if connected.
  • Step 2:Connect the routers using an Ethernet cable.
  • Step 3:Make sure to connect the cable correctly based on your network type.
  • Step 4:For LAN-to-LAN: Connect the cable to the LAN ports of the primary and second router.
  • Step 5:For LAN-to-WAN: Connect one end of the cable into the LAN port of your primary router and the other end to the WAN port of your second router.

That’s it! Your second router has been connected to your primary router’s network successfully. To get remote assistance to know how to connect a second router to a network, contact us.