How to Expand Your Network by Connecting One Router to Another?
If you want to add multiple devices or computers to your small business or home network but don’t have many ports, it is better to add another router. Along with increasing capacity, additional router can also provide connectivity to Wi-Fi blackout areas like rooms with concrete walls or basements to extend Wi-Fi signal. Here’s how to add another router to your small business or home network.
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Know the routers to work on – For explanation purpose, we will name the router which is connected to the web as ‘Router 1’ and new router as ‘Router 2’.
Set up the routers with a computer – You will need a PC which can connect to the routers to configure them over Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable. It doesn’t matter which OS your computer is running in. If you will use Wi-Fi to connect to routers, note the password and SSID of each router. It will be required to connect to each router over Wi-Fi. For more details, you may ask TP-LINK Router Support.
Arrange one Ethernet cable or network cable available for each device – If you want to connect PC and other devices to the network without having to use Wi-Fi, you will have to use Ethernet cable in each device. For instance, it will need one network cable to connect between two routers. If you want to connect two other computers to network, you need other Ethernet cables for each device, unless you connect them over Wi-Fi.
Be sure to have enough power outlets to plug in two different routers, along with additional devices. Now unplug the power from the routers. Wire the network when devices are turned off.
Setting up Router 1
Run Ethernet cable from WAN port of router to WAN port of modem. You can skip this if router 1 doubles as high-speed modem.
Run network cable from one of LAN ports of Router 1 to the Ethernet port of the computer
If you want to connect the PC to the router over Wi-Fi, use the instructions of the router to do so.
Turn on the router and modem. Wait a while for both of them to come back. Connect to the admin panel of Router 1 through web browser.
Type the IP address of Router 1, which is the web address of router’s admin interface. You can find this address somewhere on router 1.
Login with username and password of router admin – You can find these details like IP address printed on Router 1. If you don’t find any username and password printed on the router, search for ‘default router password for brand name.’ If you cannot connect even by using the right password, reset the router by putting the tip of paperclip on its ‘reset’ port. Or you may ask TP-LINK ROUTER Customer Service for user and password.
Be sure DHCP is enabled – This way, Router 1 can assign all IP addresses in the network. You can find the DHCP settings in various places in different routers but they are usually found under ‘LAN settings’ or Network settings. DHCP server is turned on by default in most cases.
Test your internet connection and network – You can verify that you are connected to the web by visiting any website on the browser. Be sure physical configuration of network has space for one LAN port to remain opened on Router 1.
Remove network cable from Router 1 to computer – You can keep everything else plugged in and turned on.
Setting up Router 2
Configure and turn on Router 2 – Now it’s time to plug in Router 2 as another router on same network. All devices on the same network can access one another.
Run Ethernet cable on Router 2 from LAN port to the PC. Open the admin interface of the router in browser. Just like you had logged in Router 1 as admin, you have to do the same in case of Router 2. Log in to the admin interface of the router with your username and password. Check and see the IP or you may dial the TP-LINK ROUTER Support Number. As you are using Router 1 already to assign IP addresses, find and disable the DHCP settings on router 2.
Provide new IP address to Router 2 – There are good chances that Routers 1 and 2 have same IP address. Locate the LAN or Local Network in the admin website of the router. Type IP address over existing address. Have new address on the same subnet as Router 1, which means first three sets of numbers in IP address should be similar to Router 1. It cannot be IP assigned to any other device.
Configure Wi-Fi name of Router 2 and password to be similar to Router 1 – If Router 2 isn’t a wireless router, you don’t have to worry in this aspect. Assign it same SSID and passkey as router 1, if it is so.
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