How to set up two routers

August 11, 2017 at 06:55:08
Specs: Zyxel router
Heya everyone, I've just ordered a router off eBay as my current one is very slow, I was planning to attach it to my current router using an ethanet cable and use the new one to boast the signal

When it arrives is there anything I should know? Or will it even work?


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#1
August 11, 2017 at 08:12:49
What do you mean by slow? Are you talking about bandwidth from the internet? If so, that's controlled by your provider, not your router and is typically slower than what your router is capable of. How old is the unit?

Or, are you referring to bandwidth between LAN clients? If so, are you talking between wired (wired client to wired client) or wireless clients (wifi to wifi) or a combination of the two (wired to wifi or vice versa)?

Remember, wireless will never have the same reliability or bandwidth of a wired connection.

As to whether or not adding a second router is do-able, it is. In fact, I have a "how-to" guide for doing so. Simply click on my name above in my response then scroll down to "How-to posts by Curt R" and click on the one labeled: Add a second router to your LAN

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#2
August 12, 2017 at 04:34:32
Hiya thanks for your answer, slow was probably the wrong word, it sorta over loads or something, a lot of people connect to it and I use it for gaming online and quite often it'll just cut out and the red light comes on, so irrating, I was hoping a second router would fox that

And thanks I'll check out your guide when the router arrives~


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#3
August 12, 2017 at 05:09:15
It . . . probably won't help? You're going to have to plug one router into the other, and that router is going to have to handle the traffic of both routers. That'd make the other router pointless, yeah?

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#4
August 26, 2017 at 08:01:31
I presume you mean the wireless is bad . In that case you could get better performance with a newer router . However there are lots of variables with your current set up

Try setting the router wireless band to N only and 20 Mhz

Try a different wireless channel like 6 or 11


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#5
August 28, 2017 at 14:18:51
slow was probably the wrong word, it sorta over loads or something, a lot of people connect to it and I use it for gaming online and quite often it'll just cut out and the red light comes on

Yeah, slow is the wrong word. In the networking world we would use "saturated" as in, "The link (or router in your case) is saturated"

As Razor2.3 pointed out, adding another router, or switch, won't help much as you have to daisy chain and whatever device is at the front still has to handle all the bandwidth.

You could invest in a second internet connection. Alternatively you could increase the bandwidth package you presently have if that's a possibility. Lastly, if your router is capable of bandwidth limiting you could do that and ensure the available bandwidth is shared more evenly.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

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#6
August 30, 2017 at 12:29:33
It is possible to use the second router as a range extender to your existing network. It is also very possible to create only one network name between the two routers so your Bluesound Players and other network devices will connect to which ever router has the stronger signal.

Many newer routers include WDS or Wireless Distributed Services to create multiple Access Points on a single network with a single name.

If your existing routers do not support WDS you can manually create a WDS environment using these simple steps.

Router 1

Set up this router as normal. In the wireless security settings of the router, disable Automatic Channel selection and manually set the channel to channel 3.

Router 2

In most cases, this router must be wired to the original router. Consider a wireless media bridge or by running a single network cable in this case to the other location.

Disable the DHCP server on this router to prevent IP conflicts or network configuration issues allowing only Router 1 to manage the network.
Manually set the IP Address of this router to 1 number higher than the existing main router,

for example, if your router IP is 192.168.1.1, set this router to 192.168.1.2.
Plese make sure this address is out of the 1st router's allotment of addresses for DHCP distribution.

If not, please make a DHCP reservation for this router's address in the router 1's DHCP table.

Set the Internet Gateway of router 2 to router 1's IP address.

Connect the two routers using a wired connection from any of port 1-4 in router 1 to any of port 1-4 in
router 2.

You can use a Wireless Media Bridge or Powerline Ethernet Kit to create a wired connection. DO NOT use router 2's WAN port.

In the wireless security settings of this router, disable Automatic Channel selection and manually set the channel to channel 8 - or any other channel not being used by the main router or any other router on this network (it is possible to set more than two routers for really large areas).

Set up wireless security to be identical in router 2 as it is in router 1.

This will now give you two identical access points working in harmony on opposite sides of your home to create a single distributed network

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