How to extend Wi-Fi Range with another Router?
If you have upgraded to a new, faster and better router for good signal strength and still finding it difficult at those dark corners of your house don’t worry, we have a solution for you. Don’t throw away your old routers in the cupboards as they are cheaper options rather than buying the latest mesh network technology. Below are few life hacks which are going to help you out.
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Your primary routers IP address
If you are using windows system then navigate to the wireless network connection status and then navigate into the support system. Note down the details mentioned as it will be useful in the further steps.
Connect to your primary router
Now that you have noted down your gateway ID, open up the web browser and type it in the address bar. After you have done typing, a dialogue box appears asking for the user name and password. If you don’t know the name and password try finding it online relating to your routers model or if you know the user name and password go ahead and enter the details. Then you may find a setup screen popped up regarding to your routers basic settings.
Check whether the settings are appropriate
There you can see many wireless settings but you need not to change them all as it may cause you in trouble. Under the wireless network you can see the name (SSID) which you see when you search for a network via your mobile, laptop, etc. you can also see the channel, mode and region settings under the same setting. Next you can see is the security option which should be ideally set to WPA or WPA2 if there or let it be on default. Make a note of these settings as you have to feed the same settings for the secondary router. While logging out, if you have made any kind of changes do save it otherwise just log out.
Resetting your old router
At the back of your old router you can see a button indicating the reset option. Now unearthing the router with the help of a paperclip or any pointed object press the button for around 10secs till the light go off and turn on.
Your secondary routers IP address
Now connect this router to your laptop or PC and repeat the step1 to note down the details including the IP address, default gateway, etc.
Duplicate your primary router
By repeating the step 2 for your secondary router, change the settings same as that of the primary router, choosing the channel away from the one in primary. Make sure that all the settings including name, password, security codes, etc. matches.
Giving your secondary router an IP address
Now you finally need to provide your secondary router with which your primary router can work with. You can see that an IP address is already assigned by DHCP in the LAN setup page. So just by un-checking the DHCP you can give it your own IP address. If the primary routers’ address is 192.168.2.3 and is setup to issue address from 192.168.2.4 to 192.168.2.54 (by DHCP), give your secondary router an IP address of 192.168.2.55. Note down this IP address as it will be useful in future. Remember that after saving it you need to wait for the router the reboot. Now access the router by typing the new IP address in the browsers address bar.
Connect both the routers
Now that you have done setting up both the routers it’s time to connect them together with the help of a power line networking adapter. After you have done connecting them, place your phone or tablet close to both the routers and you will find a significance increase in the Wi-Fi range.
Here you go, with a small tip you get through a poor Wi-Fi signal in those dark corners of the house and get a robust wifi speed extension.