Should I use a second wireless router with my home network?

Cynflux January 25, 2012
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I was recently given a gently used DLink Wireless Router Model 2310. I already use a DLink Wireless Router Model 1310. Is it possible to use a second wireless router in our home network? What would be the advantages of adding the second router to our home network? I live in a 2 story townhouse and the signal gets weak once it reaches the first floor. Can the second router help boost the signal? Thank you in advance.

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  1. Brian Kyle
    September 13, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    One concern is the possibility of two DHCP servers.

  2. Anonymous
    January 25, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Using two routers on a home network can be a good idea for a few reasons including increased security and performance.
    http://compnetworking.about.com/u/ua/routers/do-you-use-two-routers-for-home-networking.htm

    If your routers support DHCP relay than you have all the equipment you need.
    Configuring two wireless routers with one SSID (network name) at home for free roaming
    http://www.hanselman.com/blog/ConfiguringTwoWirelessRoutersWithOneSSIDNetworkNameAtHomeForFreeRoaming.aspx

    Connecting two routers wired to create a single LAN
    http://routersetup.blogspot.com/2007/08/connecting-two-routers-wired.html

  3. FIDELIS
    January 25, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Hello, Yes it is possible to do what you ask.  It also depends how you want to do it depending on what you have.  If it is a wired router, there should be no problem as long as you have a ethernet cable. 

    For connecting two wireless routers, second router would work only as a wireless access point.  You should check in the router's manual for more info about your routers specs.  And yes, the second router should extend the signal of your network.  Here is a link explaining more:

    http://compnetworking.about.com/od/routers/f/two_routers.htm
    http://www.labnol.org/software/add-router-to-wireless-network/19716/

  4. Anonymous
    January 25, 2012 at 3:58 am

    You can make the SSIDs the same with the same password and it "should" connect to the second automatically (or vice versa). I think it is called roaming I think, Its been forever sense I took CWNP and actually really worked with wireless... 

  5. Jeff Fabish
    January 25, 2012 at 1:55 am

    As a general rule of thumb, you should never implement multiple gateways on the same LAN. If you want to extend your signal, purchase a wireless repeater which are designed specifically to solve this problem. 

    • James Bruce
      January 25, 2012 at 9:39 am

      Agree, but couldnt he just install Tomato firmware or DD-WRT on that router in order to give it a repeater mode? I'm sure you can do that with those. 

    • Jeff Fabish
      January 25, 2012 at 9:43 am

      To be honest, I haven't worked with alt firmwares. I would think that the router's ability to broadcast greater distances would be hardware-dependent, it's always worth a shot though!

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