How to Connect a Router With a Router
Adding a router to your home network can expand your Wi-Fi reach and add more computers and devices to your existing internet connection. But connecting a new router with an older one can be tricky. Here are some simple steps to help you get started.
First, connect your current router to the second router using an Ethernet cable. Plug one end of the cable into a LAN port on Router 1, then the other end into a WAN port on Router 2. If you have an internet-connected printer or another wired device, you can also use a USB cable to connect it to your router.
Next, make sure that your computer’s operating system is set up to use the new router’s wireless network. This can be done by either manually entering the router’s network name and password or by enabling Wi-Fi on your device. If you don’t know the Wi-Fi name and password, try asking your router or internet service provider for help.
You should be able to find the username and password on the router or in the documentation that came with it. Some manufactures also provide a list of default settings. If you’re unable to login, you may have to reset the router back to its factory settings.
Alternatively, you can configure your new router to support a subnetwork within your existing home network. This enables you to share files and printers with devices on the main network, while still maintaining control over each individual device.
To do this, you’ll need to change the local IP address on the second router and set it to be on the same subnet as your first router. You may also need to disable DHCP and assign IP addresses manually.
Then, set up the new router’s WAN connection to your primary Internet service provider (ISP). Select your preferred type of WAN connection from the menu that appears.
Once you have connected your Internet service provider’s WAN to the new router, verify that you have a working internet connection. Watch for a color change or a new light on the router to let you know that an internet connection has been established. If you don’t, you’ll need to re-plug in the Internet service provider’s WAN port and re-confirm your connection.
Lastly, you should check that your new router’s firmware is up to date. Many routers download new software automatically, but you can also check the manufacturer’s website to see if your device needs an update.
If your router’s firmware is up to date, the rest of the setup is pretty straightforward. You should be able to change the router’s name and password, configure your security settings, and activate your Wi-Fi.
Some manufacturers also include extra features to help you set up your router, including automated installation and firewall capabilities. These tools can save you a lot of time.