Hello I have a belkin play max router and a older 11g router.. and there are multiple computers in my house... and all of them are using wifi as connection method... is there anyway i can use two routers on one cable modem? So help me Router Technical Support.
Connecting two routers in your home network called cascading helps you expand your network or manage network resources.
You can create two local area networks -- LAN to LAN -- or a local area network inside a wide area network -- LAN to WAN.
Use a LAN-to-LAN connection when you want to share files and resources throughout the network.
A LAN-to-WAN connection makes it easier to identify which router your devices connect to but devices connected to one router can't communicate with those on the other router.
You must have administrative access to both routers.
Step 1: Determine which will be the main router -- the one connected to the Internet -- and which will be the secondary router -- the one connected to the main router.
Step 2: Connect the main router to your high-speed Internet connection and configure it according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Step 3: Connect a computer to the main router using an Ethernet cable and open the administrative panel. Make a note of the router's IP address and subnet mask. As an example the IP address might be 192.168.1.1 and the subnet mask is often 255.255.255.0. Disconnect the computer from the router.
Step 4: Connect the computer to a LAN port on the secondary router and open the administrative panel. Look for the router's IP Address often under the Basic Setup section.
Change the IP address so that it is the same as the primary router's IP address except the last number such as 192.168.1.2. Ensure the subnet mask is the same as the one for the main router.
Step 5: Locate the DHCP settings in the admin panel and disable the DHCP Server option. Save your changes and disconnect the computer from the router.
Step 6: Connect an Ethernet cable to any LAN port on the main router. Connect the other end to the WAN port on the secondary router to create a LAN-to-WAN connection. Connect the cable to a LAN port on the secondary router if you want to create a LAN-to-LAN connection.
Step 7: Restart the secondary router and wait a few seconds for it to connect to the main router.
Running two routers off of one cable Internet connection allows you to do many things including increase the number of computers at your business that you can connect to the Internet or set up more than one wireless network if you have two wireless routers.
Using a network with two routers makes sense in a small business when you run out of ports on a first router to connect computers or devices to. Setting up the two routers is a fairly straightforward process and should only take about an hour.
Step 1: Attach the coaxial cable coming into the building which provides Internet access to your cable modem's coaxial connector. This is necessary if your modem is not already installed. If it is already set up go on to step 3. Attach the power adapter to the modem and turn it on.
Step 2: Call your Internet service provider and provide them with the serial number and MAC ID of the router if prompted in order for the modem to be activated.
Step 3: Connect one side of an Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port on the modem. Connect the other side of the Ethernet cable to the WAN or modem port on the first router.
Step 4: Reset the router by pressing and holding the reset button with a paper clip for thirty seconds. It is easier to start out with the default settings for the router so you can follow the steps to set it up in the router's documentation.
Step 5: Power on the first router. Attach an Ethernet cable from one of the LAN ports on the router to the Ethernet port on your computer.
Step 6: Open your Web browser on your computer and enter the default IP address of the router. This can be found in its documentation. Follow the steps to log in and set up your router from its documentation.
Step 7: Reset the second router as you did previously with the first one by pressing and holding the reset button for thirty seconds. Attach an Ethernet cord from a LAN port on the first router to the WAN or modem port on the second router.
Step 8: Power on the router. Attach your computer to a LAN port on the second router using an Ethernet cable.
Step 9: Open your Web browser and go to the IP address of the second router.
Follow any steps to finish two routers one modem setting it up as found in its documentation.