Learn How to Bridge Wired Routers

Bridge Wired Routers

Your wired routers need to be properly configured otherwise they will keep competing with each other for control of the network. In addition, if your routers are not configured properly, there may be a disruption in your connection to the Internet.

Generally, one of the two wired routers is bridged so you can add a wireless network. It is up to you if you wish to bridge two wired routers in order to extend network coverage in your home or office. Two wired routers can also be bridged if you wish to increase the number of ports available for computers and other equipment.

Read also: Check DHCP Table on a Router

How to Do It

  • First of all, you need an Ethernet cable. The Ethernet cable will be used to connect your wired router to your computer. Make sure the both the ends of the cable are plugged in properly. Launch your Internet browser, click in the address bar and enter http://192.168.1.1 in the address bar and hit the Enter button. Now enter your username and password in the given text fields to access your network.
  • You need to access to local area network and the DHCP pool in the basic settings of your network configuration. Take a piece of paper and write down the numbers as you will need them later. Now close this screen.
  • Use Ethernet cable to connect your second router to your computer. Remember never connect the second to the first router. Launch your Internet browser and http://192.16.1.1 and enter your username and password.
  • Go to WAN part of the security screen. Here you need to enter an IP address which you wrote down earlier.
  • Go to the local area network setup screen and make sure that DHCP is turned off.
  • Now go to your wireless configuration setup and choose a different name from the first router.
  • Below the security settings, you need to choose a different password. Your password must be created under the WPA setting. Remember router configuration screen varies depending on the model of the router. Don’t forget to write down the settings you just changed and save.
  • Pull out the power cable of the second router from the socket. Connect one end of Ethernet cable from the back of the second router into Ethernet port of the main router. Plug the power cable back into the socket.

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