How to Connect Two Routers on a Home Network
While we talking about boost wifi signal in the home then everyone suggests a range extender device. No one suggests adding a second WiFi router to the home network using wired connection which can perform like main Wi-Fi router. The best way to add multiple wifi routers in the same network is wired Because while we use repeater mode for second and third router it’s based on wireless connectivity quality.
The benefit of using a wired connection for the second router is there is no internet speed drop due to wireless signal and interference issues. If laying physical cable is possible then adding more than one Access point using wired is best and durable.
Adding TP-Link WiFi router, Netgear Wi-Fi router or any brand methods and setup are the same. The configuration of the secondary router is a bit different from the main WiFi router so you must set up a second, third router to avoid any network glitch. follow the steps to know how to add more than wifi router in the same network with wired.
Physical Connection for Connect Two Router on Home WiFi
The physical connection is required to add multiple access points in the home using cat6 cable.
While laying cat6 LAN cable for the second router make sure the total length should be less than 80 meters as per the IEEE standard.
Use good quality Network cable to get full performance in your internet speed.
Connect the cable to LAN port of the Main WiFi router from the LAN port of the second router. As shown below network connection diagram. You can add Access points from all LAN port of Main wifi router for different locations.
The first WiFi router should setup in Router (gateway) mode which will connect to internet cable and provide internet to the second router.
Setup the first WiFi router in Router mode first before configuration second router.
Once the first router configuration is done now proceed to set up another WiFi router to add in the same network.
Setup second WiFi router as Access Point
You can use different brand Wifi router together using a wired connection. The second route should not configure in router mode because , cannot use multiple gateways in a single network.
Connect LAN cable to your router LAN port and access the login page in Laptop.
You can use any LAN port to connect the Laptop/PC to the access page.
Find default IP address backside sticker of Router or manual comes with router box.
I am using TP-Link TL-WR841 as Access Point mode to use as the second router.
TP-Link WR841 Default IP- 192.168.0.1
Login your router with default privilege and follow steps.
Change Operation Mode to Access Point
Go to operation Mode– Select Access Point and click save button.
Wait to save change and router turning from Router to AP mode.
Change Default IP Address of Access Point
Changing default IP addresses is highly recommended to avoid network conflict while using multiple rotur in the same network. If you are using both the same brand router than do not forget to change default login IP.
Change Default Login IP address for TP-link WR841 WiFi router.
Go to Network—LAN
LAN type- Static IP
IP Address: Change IP Address to the same series of Main WiFi router.
Example: if your first wifi rotuer IP si 192.168.1.1 than use 192.168.1.2 or 3,4,5 anyone for the second, third router.
Click the Save button to apply the change.
Go to the LAN properties of your PC and change Static IP to new IP series you have changed.
Setup WiFi name and Password for Second WiFi Router
It is not compulsory to use the same wifi name and password in another router. You can use different SSID and passwords in the second router. But using the same wifi name in all router will give your auto roaming and connection while you move one router to the second router signal.
Go Wireless settings in your router.
Wireless Network Name: set the WiFi name for the second router.
Channel: select 1 if your main WiFi router channel is 6 or 11
Click the Save button for Apply settings.
Set up WiFi Key for Second Router
The password should be strong to protect the Wifi network from unauthorized access.
To set up Wi-Fi password go to the wireless security tab.
Choose WPA2-PSK (recommended)
Wireless Password: set an Alfa numeric key combination password.
Click the Save button to apply settings.
You can follow the same method to connecting two routers or more than 2 Wi-Fi router in the same network.
Just pull the cable from the main internet router and connect the second router.
Wired connection is the best way to connect two wifi router to share network devices with each other. Wired connection gives your full speed while sharing the file in the local network. So while looking to networking in home and office using Wireless router always prefer a physical cable connection.