How to Connect Two Linksys Wireless Routers for Wireless Access
One of the downsides of wireless routers is their limited signal. However, you can bridge two routers together. This makes one router receive the signal from the other, and broadcast the same signal out. This effectively extends your wireless range. Setting this up is relatively simple.
Things You'll Need
- Linksys wireless router
- Bridging-capable Linksys wireless router
- Ethernet cables
Connect the main router--the one that will be attached to the broadband modem--to the Internet. Install the included drivers on your computer, and follow the on-screen prompts to set this router up properly. If you have any issues setting this router up, consult the included manuals.
Open a web browser window and input the router's IP address. This is usually 192.168.1.1. Click the "Wireless Settings" tab and select "Basic Settings." Make a note of the "Wireless Network Mode." Usually, this will read "Mixed," although your router may be set to "b" or "g."
Open the "Wireless Security" tab and change the wireless settings. Choose your preferred method, which could be "WPA" "WPA2." You should select "pre-shared passkey." Type in a password and make a note all of these details.
Connect the bridge router to the wall power and to your computer. Open a Web browser window and type in the router's IP address. Again, this is usually 192.168.1.1. Log into the router. The username and password are usually "admin" and "password," unless you have changed them in the past. For security, you should likely change these credentials.
Go to the "Basic Setup" tab. Locate "Network Address Server Settings (DHCP)" and check to disable the DHCP. Your router will be using the DHCP settings from the other router, so will not need to assign DHCP leases itself.
Click the "Wireless Settings" tab and select "Basic Settings." Open the drop-down next to "Wireless Mode" and select "Client Bridge."
Open the drop-down for Wireless Network Mode and select the same mode your main router is using. As mentioned earlier, most routers will be in "mixed" mode, although yours might be in "b" or "g" mode.
Click the "Wireless Security" tab and change all of the settings to reflect those on the main router.
Click the "Status" tab and go to the "Wireless" sub-tab. Locate the "Site survey" button and click it. The Site Survey dialog will appear, with all of the wireless networks this router can find. Look for your main router's network and select "Join."
On this second computer, try to connect to any website. Click one of the links under References, for example, or use a search engine to test the Internet connection. If you can see the Internet, then the connection has worked. If not, try turning off the network passwords--revisit the steps involving Wireless Security and try turning the security off.