Connect Two Routers On One Home Network Using a LAN Cable

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Connect Two Routers On One Home Network Using a LAN Cable

Here is the procedure to keep two different router on same network:

Note: Assume Router1 (R1) is located at ground floor and Router2 (R2) is located at first floor.

  • Internet connection is connected to WAN port of R1.
  • WAN port of R2 is unused.  

R1 LAN settings are below:

  • IP Address: 192.168.0.1/24
  • Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0

R2 LAN settings are below:

  • IP Address: 192.168.0.2/24
  • Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
  • Gateway: 192.168.0.1

Steps:

  • Step 1: Connect one end of a Ethernet cable to any one of R1 LAN ports and connect another end to any one of R2 LAN ports.
  • Step 2: Turn on DHCP server on R1 and reboot
  • Step 3: Make make space for static IPs in R1 For example, if DHCP range is 192.168.0.2-254, make it 192.168.0.100-254 so we can have 98 static IPs.
  • Step 4: Turn on DHCP server on R2 and reboot
  • Step 5: Disconnect anything from WAN and set WAN to dynamic in R2
  • Step 6: Change LAN IP Address of R2 to 192.168.0.2/24  

Reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5QJb3O19zI

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