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How to Connect Two Routers on a Home Network

An additional router extends the wireless range of a home network to reach dead spots and to network a wired device that's too far away from the original router. In addition, a second router creates a separate subnetwork within a home to stream video among some devices without slowing down connections to others. Making it all work requires just a few steps.

When you set up a new router, place it near a Windows PC or another computer that can be used for the initial configuration. Both wired and wireless routers are best configured from a computer connected to the router with an Ethernet network cable. You can move the router to its permanent location later.

A second router that doesn’t have wireless capability must be connected to the first router with an Ethernet cable. Plug one end of the cable into the new router’s uplink port (sometimes labeled WAN or Internet). Plug the other end into any free port on the first router other than its uplink port.

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