Expanding the home network doesn’t call for a technician. Though most of us are happy with having one router at home, having a second router doesn’t hurt if your family is consuming a lot of data. The pandemic has changed the way we work. Most of the people are working from home and kids too are having their classes online. When a large number of devices are connected to the router and a lot of data is being consumed, there’s no harm in thinking of getting a second router. Having another router will speed up things and make the experience better. So, let’s look at the steps of connecting the secondary router to the home network.
Step 1 – While setting up the second router, make sure you have a PC or laptop next to it for initial configuration. Not many know that whether it is a wired or wireless router, they are configured easily through a computer that is connected to the router through ethernet cable.
Step 2 – If the new router doesn’t have wireless capability, connect it to the primary router through ethernet cable. Look for WAN or Internet uplink port of the new router and plug the other end to any of the free ports of the first router. If you have bought a wireless router with good parental controls, it can be connected the same way using Ethernet cable. You can also connect both the routers wirelessly. However, in most cases the secondary router will work only as a wireless access point and not as a router.
Step 3 – Set up the second router in client mode so that you use its full routing functionality. This is a mode that might not be present in home routers. However, not all the routers come with this feature, and every manufacturer might have a different configuration process to set up the client mode.
Things to take care of:
In case both the routers are wireless, there is a possibility of wi-fi signals interfering and causing dropped connection or slowing the network. The problem occurs when both the routers are using the same frequency range. Check the settings of the router and change the channel in one of the routers to avoid the overlap.
Do not change the default IP settings of the second router unless you are configuring the device as an access point or network switch.
For creating a subnetwork
The above steps are performed to configure the second router as an access point or ethernet network switch. If you want to create a sub-network, the configuration process will be different.
It might take a little efforts and time to set up the second router, but the Internet speed and efficiency will dramatically improve. Homeowners are nowadays switching to best mesh wifi systems instead of installing a new router to solve slow and poor connectivity issue in the space. This is an easy and more pocket friendly alternative to installing a second router.
Working as a network engineer with an IT company, Dinesh is also a guest blogger at tech sites. He writes about technology, Internet, network security and other topics related to Wi-Fi, data world and connectivity.