The excellent way to expand your wireless network and speed is to cascade your router. Cascade router means to connect a router to another router using Ethernet cable. It is used to improve the performance of the network without removing your old router.
There are two ways to cascade router’s the first way is to connect LAN to LAN (Ethernet to Ethernet) and the other way is to connect LAN to WAN (Ethernet to the Internet). In this article, I am going to list the two methods for Cascading Wireless Networks. You can use any of the methods for cascading the routers. So, follow the steps carefully and cascade your network easily.
Cascading Wireless Networks
Method 1: Connect LAN to LAN (Ethernet to Ethernet)
STEP-1: Decide which router will be primary and which one is secondary router
The first step to cascade your router is to decide which one of your router will be primary and which one will be secondary. Your primary router should be always configured with the modem for better connections.
STEP-2: Connect your secondary router to your computer
Now you have to directly connect your computer or laptop to the secondary router with the help of Ethernet cable by plugging the cable into the Ethernet port at the back of the computer and another end of the cable to the Ethernet port available at the back of your secondary router. Always make sure that the cable is not connected to the primary router.
STEP-3: Open router web based configuration menu
The next thing you have to do is to access your router web based configuration menu. Now connect to the router IP address with the web browser. In some case, you have to navigate a specific URL to open the web-based configuration menu of your router. You can also look in your router user manual to access the configuration menu.
STEP-4: Look for default setting and reset the router IP address
After successfully accessing your web-based configuration menu you need to look for default setting and then find the local IP setting to reset the router IP address. The purpose to reset the router IP address is to make sure that the IP address of your secondary router has different digits than the IP address of your primary router.
STEP-5: Turn off the router’s DHCP server
The next step is to first locate the router DHCP server setting and then you have to turn them off.
STEP-6: Now set your router to the router operating mode
You can find the router operating mode in the advanced setting menu and make sure to set your router to the router operating mode.
STEP-7: Plug another Ethernet cable on the back of your primary router
The last step is to plug another Ethernet cable with one end to the Ethernet port available at the back of the primary router and another end of the Ethernet cable at the back of the secondary router. Your both router are now cascade.
Method 2: Connect LAN to WAN (Ethernet to the Internet)
STEP-1: First connect your secondary router to the computer or laptop
Connect your computer or laptop with your secondary router with the help of the Ethernet cable. Connect one end of the cable with Ethernet port at the back of the computer and another end of the cable at the back of the secondary router.
STEP-2: Now access the web-based configuration menu
After connecting your computer to the secondary router you have to open the web-based configuration menu.
STEP-3: Change IP address of one of the router
Now you have to have to change the IP address of one of the router so that the second to the last digit of the IP address is different to each other for eg- If your Primary router IP address is 22.214.171.124 then your secondary router IP address should be like 126.96.36.199
STEP-4: Now save your IP address
First, save your router’s IP address and then disconnect your secondary router from your computer or router. Make sure you did not disconnect your primary router.
STEP-5: Attach an Ethernet cable to the primary router
After disconnecting your secondary router you have to connect an Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port available at the back of the primary router and then plug the other end of the cable to the internet port of the secondary router. Your routers are cascade Ethernet to the Internet (LAN to WAN).
So, this is all for this article. Hope you have successfully Cascade the Wireless Network. If you have any issue with the steps mentioned above, you can comment below. We will definitely look after it and provide you the best possible solution for your problem.
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