How to Connect a Wireless Router As a Second Router to a Network
Connecting two routers allows for more users to connect to a network. Connecting a wireless router also allows for users to connect wirelessly. Two routers have no problem connecting together except when the they have the same local Internet protocol (IP) address. This causes conflicts that could make one or both routers not function properly. One way to remedy this is to purchase two routers that already have different IP addresses---different brands often use different IP addresses, although there is no guarantee. The second way is to configure the wireless router manually.
Things You'll Need
- Wireless Router
- Ethernet Cable
- Wireless Router User Guide
Connect the Ethernet cable from the computer to an open port on the wireless router. The open port can be one of the four ports on the back of the wireless router---which one depends on the manufacturer---but not the Internet/WAN port, which should be clearly labeled.
Turn the wireless router and the computer on.
Open a Web browser and connect to the wireless router's manual configuration utility. Each manufacturer has a different address to connect to the utility, so refer to the user's manual for the exact address. It should be in the default format 192.168.X.X. For instance, 192.168.1.1 is one number.
Browse the menu and change the IP address of the wireless router to one that is different from the current router. Every manufacturer's router utility is different, so refer to the user's manual on specifics for how to change the IP address. The address should still start with 192.168, but the next number should be different than the current router. For example, if the current router is 192.168.1.1, then the wireless router should be 192.168.2.1
Save and exit the wireless router utility.
Unplug the computer from the wireless router.
Connect the Ethernet cable from one of the open ports (not the Internet/WAN port) on the current router to the Internet/WAN port of the wireless router. The two routers should work together.
Tips & Warnings
- The IP address of the router is often printed on the router and is often visible on the router's packaging. You can use this information to buy two routers with different IP addresses, which would help avoid any IP conflicts.