How To Daisy Chain Two Wireless Routers Using Wires

How to Daisy Chain Two Wireless Routers Using Wires

Why Would You Want To Connect Two Routers Together?

Often when you buy a wireless router you will find that your wireless signal does not stretch throughout your house, or that when too far away from the router your connection becomes too weak to use properly.

This can be a huge problem especially if you have multiple people or devices needing to use your connection throughout your home.

There are many ways to fix this problem, including buying a router with extended range or buying a Wi-Fi range extender.

Another option to solve this problem is to daisy chain two routers together. This means to connect two routers together using a wired connection.

By doing this you will be able to connect to the same network using two different routers which therefore increases the signal strength throughout your house. This is especially useful if you have an old router or two lying about the house as it means it doesn’t cost anything extra.

In the rest of this article we will explain a little more on daisy-chaining.

How to Daisy Chain Two Wireless Routers Using Wires

What Do You Need?

  • A router (Wi-Fi optional)
  • A second router (Wi-Fi optional)
  • Ethernet cable

You don’t need much equipment to daisy chain your router, if you ever have to upgrade your router it is worth keeping your old one around just in case you ever want to use your old one in a daisy chain.

Step By Step Instructions To Daisy Chain Your Routers

Daisy chaining your routers together is a relatively simple process.

How To Daisy Chain Routers

This guide assumes you have a wireless network setup already (router one) and you want to connect another wireless router (router two) to this network via wired Ethernet.

Router 2 will be the router that you are using to extend your network.

It might be a good idea to reset router 2 if you don't know its settings.

1. Firstly connect your computer to router two.

2. Then log into router 2 and configure its settings. To do this follow the instructions that come with your router, or simply type your router's IP address into your web browser.

It might be a good idea to reset router 2 if you don't know its settings!

3. You then need to disable DHCP on router 2. DHCP stands for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol and it is the protocol that assigns all the devices on your network an IP address. This needs to be disabled on your second router as your first router is the one that will assign IP addresses to the devices on your network (using DHCP).

You might even need to do this before connecting router 1 & 2 together

Disabling DHCP on router 2 is a very important step. If you don't there is a very good chance your local network will have issues!

4. Next you need to go to the first router and find out the subnet it uses and the range of IP addresses that it assigns within DHCP. For example, 192.168.0.100 thru 192.168.0.254 or 10.0.0.100 thru 10.0.0.254

Most home routers use 192.168.0.0 255.255.255.0 as a subnet. Router 1 will likely be 192.168.0.1, but it may be different. 

This guide can help you to find out your router's internal IP.

5. Once you know this, you can assign your second router a static IP address out of this range, but within router 1's subnet. This is usually done in the LAN settings tab of your second router.

Make sure both routers use the same network mask. This is usually 255.255.255.0 or /24

So for example, if router 1 uses 192.168.0.1 as its internal IP, it might be a good idea to use 192.168.0.2 as the LAN IP for router 2. Just make sure no other devices on your network use this address.

You can do this by opening up a Command Prompt (by typing CMD in the Start Menu?) and typing 'ping 192.168.0.2' - making sure that it returns 'Request times out' 4 times.

6. Now you simply need to connect router 2 to a LAN port on your router 1.

Nice one! Now you should be able to plug in network devices into router 2. They Should pick up any setting up from router 1 via DHCP

You can also enable wifi on the second router. Just make sure the wifi is on a non-overlapping channel if you know router 1 & router 2 wifi networks are going to cross over each other.

Also make sure they have the same WLAN SSID? (wireless network name) and security settings.

Our guide on channel bandwidths might help you with this

7. If you need to log into router 2 for any reason, just open a web browser and type in the IP address that you assigned to the router in step 5. This should allow you to connect to the router.

8. Now you are connected to your router you just need to assign the router a password as you would do for any other router. Here you can also adjust any of your settings if needed.

A Pretty In-Depth Video On Connecting 2 Wifi Routers

And that is the end for our guide on how to daisy chain two wireless routers. It is a fairly simple and very useful way to extend the range of your wireless network.

You can also download our guide on how to set up a wireless router and home network for free here.?

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