In principle, it is possible to operate two routers in one network. When you make the necessary configuration for this, you need to pay attention to some details. Otherwise, it happens that you may no longer be able to access the Internet. If you only want to amplify your Wi-Fi signal, set up a router as a repeater.
How to operate two routers in a network
- To operate two routers in a network, you can not simply connect the devices to a common DSL line.
- One way to combine two routers in a network is in access point mode to amplify the Wi-Fi signal. You will need a LAN cable (best CAT 6 or CAT 7), with which you wire both routers together.
- Now configure one of the two routers as a DHCP server. That is, this router later connects to the Internet and serves the second router as a source for the Wi-Fi signal.
- In addition, you must assign the second router an IP address that has not yet been assigned. To do this, call up the user interface of your router and navigate to “LAN Bridge”. Depending on the model, the menu name may also vary slightly.
- In the last step, disable the firewall of the second router to be able to establish an Internet connection. Now turn on both routers and make your desired Wi-Fi settings.
Set up router as a repeater
Alternatively to the method described above, you can also set up one of the two routers as a repeater or buy a special repeater. In this case, the data transmission works via a Wi-Fi bridge, but the transmission speed is slower than with a LAN bridge.