Configure 2 Wireless Routers With 1 SSID
Published: Saturday October 3, 2020
Had a spare Asus wireless router around the house so I thought of extending the range of my wireless network. Thanks to this post here for getting my solution up and running. Reposting the solution below.
In my case, I had a Linksys router with it’s IP set as 192.168.2.1. The router has DHCP turned on, which means that this router hands out IP Addresses to my devices. It hands out those addresses in a certain range, specifically 192.168.2.1 through 192.168.2.100.
Next, add your second wireless router to your network. Connect wirelessly to its default IP address of 192.168.1.1. Set it’s IP to use 192.168.2.2. Turn off DHCP and WAN. Next, make sure the wireless settings of the second router is the same as the first router. Same SSID, same security type, same password. The only difference will be the channel. Moreover, we’ll want to make sure the channels are sufficiently far apart. I used 11 for the first and 6 for the second.
Reboot everything, plug them all in and there you go.
- DHCP to use the range 192.168.2.1 – 192.168.2.100
- A wireless channel like 11
- DHCP is disabled
- Identical wireless security setup as First Router
- Except for the wireless Channel. Try channel 6 if the first is 11.
- Plug hard-wire into the LAN port, not the WAN port.