Computer networks are typically designed in such a way that they can make use of only one router. But users have the ability to add one or more routers to a home or office network. Apart from performing WiFi range extender setup, adding a second router device can help you in the following scenarios:
- Networking a wired device placed on a large distance from home or workplace access point.
- Updating a wired network to provide support for wireless devices.
- Establishing a different subnet within your large network to stream media files without overloading other connections.
- Increasing the range and coverage of existing wireless signals to reach blind zones.
In all the above-mentioned situations, users require two access points or a single WiFi range extender. If you are new to the router, access point or range extender processes or are doing it the first time, here are the steps you need to follow to properly get the job done.
Place a second router
While performing the initial WiFi extender configuration, you must place your router close to a PC with the help of an Ethernet cable. However, this is a temporary location of your device as you can put it anywhere after the completion of the setup procedure.
Use Your Router as WiFi Range Extender
There are two types of routers available in the market: wired or wireless. You can use any one of them you desire.
In case you are making use of wired one, walk through the instructions given below:
Users have to utilize an Ethernet cable to establish a wired connection between the existing router and the new one. To do so, plug cable’s one end into the uplink port (alias Internet or WAN port) of your device whereas putting the other end into any of free ports of existing gadget excluding uplink port.
On the other hand, if you are using a wireless device, here are the required steps:
Similar to wired devices, two house or office wireless routers can be connected with each other by using an Ethernet cable. However, to establish a connection between both of the devices in a wireless manner is also possible. Doing so will create the second one to function as an access point in preference to a router.
Please note that the second device is set up in client mode. This scenario lets your tool to make the most of its features that makes it fully-fledged. It is necessary to know the IP address to perform the WiFi Range Extender setup. Users can explore the manual to find it.
Use two routers
If you are using both wireless routers (existing as well as new), chances are that their channels or frequencies may interfere in the path of signals. This results in not only dropped connections but also in network slowdowns.
Each device has its own frequency range dubbed channels. And interference happens each time when two devices on the same home or office network make use of similar channels.
Depending upon the make and model of routers, they come with dissimilar WiFi channels by default. All these settings can be customized by logging into mywifiext.net website. Using two routers is useful when users are looking for maintaining an additional control level over certain gadgets like putting extra limitations on their web access.
Use the second router as an access point or WiFi Range Extender
This method comes handy when you use file-sharing or printer in small offices or homes. Users have the capability of configuring another device as an AP or Ethernet network switch. This allows your gadgets to connect with the second AP normally without establishing a subnet.
In order to set up the second device like a network switch, plug every end of an Ethernet cable into one of the free ports except uplink ports. On the other hand, to configure it as an AP, walk through the steps given on mywifiext web user interface.
Thus, one can connect two devices on a home or workplace network with great ease. If you have any queries, drop them in the comments section below.